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Universal Audio UAD 9.4

Plug-in Suite
Published January 2018
By Sam Inglis

UA UAD 9.4

The 9.4 software release sees Universal Audio add a modern classic to their plug-in range.

Universal Audio’s Powered Plug-ins range is now so comprehensive that it can be quite a challenge to think of classic hardware which hasn’t yet been modelled. However, UA themselves say that there is one missing unit for which their users have been clamouring, and it’s that product that is the highlight of the latest UAD 9.4 software release.

The Nuclear Option

Along with the UREI 1176 and the Teletronix LA-2A, the Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor is a compressor you expect to find almost as a matter of course in any high-end control room. And, as usual, UA have gone the extra mile in recreating it. Not only is UA’s plug-in the only officially licensed software version, but their engineers apparently studied no fewer than four hardware originals.

Design-wise, one thing the Distressor has in common...

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Published January 2018