Universal Audio strengthens UAD plug-in line

Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software v8.4, featuring four new plug-ins for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces: UA’s own Oxide Tape Recorder, the Eventide H910 Harmonizer, and Marshall’s Bluesbreaker 1962 and Silver Jubilee 2555 amplifiers.

The Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in (main picture) provides UA’s magnetic tape emulation technology in one package. Oxide promises the warmth, colour, and punchy low-end response of large format analogue tape machines. Key features include musical tape saturation and circuit overdrive via Input/Output controls, 7.5 and 15 IPS Tape Speeds and two emphasis curves. The Oxide Tape Recorder Plug-in is available for $149.

Customers who purchase the Oxide Tape Recorder plug-in are eligible for a special upgrade price to UA’s Magnetic Tape Bundle, which includes the Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Machine and Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Machine plug-ins.

The Eventide H910 Harmonizer plug-in (pictured above) is ‘the first and only end-to-end circuit emulation of the iconic mid-’70s processor’. Eventide modelled the H910’s entire analogue/digital circuit, including its custom-built A/D converter. This allows the plug-in to retain the original hardware’s characteristic tone and dynamics. Key features include keyboard and MIDI control for instantly setting pitch ratios in semitones, and pitch change up to two octaves with signature ‘glitching’ effects. The Eventide H910 Harmonizer is priced at $249.

Claiming to be the world’s only authentic and licensed plug-in emulation of the classic Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 combo amplifier, the plug-in (pictured above) offers three different virtual microphone combinations including FET, Valve, and Dynamic, an onboard mixer featuring microphone level and pan and 50 presets designed by AC/DC engineer Tony Platt. The Marshal Bluesbreaker 1962 Plug-in is available for $199.

Developed by Softube and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces, the Marshall SIlver Jubilee 2555 plug-in (pictured above) emulates the tube amplifier with its flexible three-mode preamp section and dynamic distortion. The plug-in also features an onboard mixer with microphone level and pan and 50 presets by Platt, in addition to Condenser and Dynamic virtual microphone combinations. The Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 Plug-in carries a $199 price tag.

Each Marshall amplifier features Unison technology for Apollo audio interfaces; according to Universal Audio, users will experience the exact gain staging and impedance load as if they’re plugged into a vintage Marshall amp.

UAD Software v8.4 also includes the new Marshall Legends Bundle, featuring the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959, the new Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555, and the new Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 for $399 ($199 upgrade price for current owners of the Marshall Plexi Super Lead Plug-In).