NAMM 2015: Universal Audio debuts Apollo Expanded software

Universal Audio will show off its new Apollo Expanded software at NAMM this week, coming exclusively for UA Apollo audio interfaces as part of UAD Software v8.0 due to arrive in March 2015.

With Apollo Expanded, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 interfaces can freely combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices – adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows.

Apollo Expanded also marks the introduction of Console 2.0 software, giving Thunderbolt Apollo users new workflow options, with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Read on for an overview of what the new release offers:

Apollo Expanded

• Mix and match up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac)
• Simple Thunderbolt cable connection between units
• Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system
• New Flex Driver lets users customise Core Audio I/O – name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs
• Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollos
• Add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity

Console 2.0 Software

• New high-resolution/Retina-compatible 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos
• Channel Strip presets lets users see, save, and recall UAD plug-in chains
• Numerous monitoring improvements including Alternate Monitors, new Control Room functions and enhanced headphone cue management
• New UAD plug-in categories and individual Show/Hide functionality
• Enhanced plug-in features such as preset auditioning and drag & drop functionality
• Per-input Record/Monitor effect switching
• Multi-level Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters

In addition to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, UAD Software v8.0 also adds all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

The new UAD v8.0 plug-ins are as follows:

Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In ($299)

• Designed to allows acoustic guitar piezo pickups to sound like a studio-miked acoustic
• Provides rich acoustic sounds for noisy environments or when high-quality miking is not possible
• Enables the user to re-voice the source guitar’s resonance and acoustic properties live or at mixdown
• Freedom to re-mic during mixing, changing and adding microphones as needed

UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle ($249)

• Features the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, Raw Distortion (based on the vintage early-’80s Pro Co Rat), and Bermuda Triangle (early ’70s-era) Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi plug-ins
• Harnesses Unison technology to emulate the circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of the original stompboxes

Antares Auto-Tune Live Plug-In ($249)

• Realtime pitch correction and manipulation with Auto-Tune effect
• Low latency for instant response, onstage or in the studio

Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx ($249)

• Includes emulations of the Friedman DS40 and Friedman BE100 guitar amplifiers
• Audition 66 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part
• Fine-tune sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls and host-syncable lo-fi delay
• Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo Audio Interfaces