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4,5/5

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Review

Yet another step forward Three years ago Universal Audio introduced the Apollo Twin, a more friendly priced desktop version of their Apollo flagship audio interface. read more…
4,5/5

A review of the Universal Audio Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in

Tweed Indeed Universal Audio has released plug-ins for quite a few guitar amps in the last couple of years, but its new Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe is its first foray into the Fender amp world, and it’s a doozy. The plug-in, which is officially endorsed by Fender, recreates a mid-‘50s-era Deluxe model 5E3, a vaunted amp that could deliver everything from warm clean tones to creamy smooth distortion. As with any UAD-2 plug-in you need either an Apollo interface or other UAD-2 hardware to run it. read more…
4/5

A review of the UAD Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In

JMP for Joy Universal Audio has an ongoing partnership with the software whizzes at Softube to develop plug-ins for its UAD platform. This collaboration has resulted in many different plug-ins, including models of several Marshall guitar amps. The latest is the Marshall JMP 2203 Plug-In, which was released recently along with UAD 8.5 software. We took it for a test drive. read more…

User reviews on Universal Audio products

TOPISSIME (UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - QUAD Core)

By Greg Datalab, 26/03/2017
Tout est dans le titre.
Je ne vais pas m'étendre sur le sujet, UAD est connu pour faire de la qualité!

Autant le boitier que les plugins fournis par UAD, on ne peut pas être déçu.

Les plugins fournis sont déjà excellent (Pultec, Teletronix LA2A, Fairchild, Precision… et j'en passe) + ceux disponibles sur le shop UAD et là c'est de quoi vider son compte en banque… On en veut toujours plus!

Bref, du bon et encore du bon! Vivement les prochaines grosses soldes :D
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A real gem! (Apollo Twin Duo USB)

By shiningdust, 22/04/2018
I use this sound interface to complement (not to say replace) my old ESI ESP 1010e. I went up in terms of range and it’s a real investment but believe me – it was worth it. Latency is ridiculously low, especially in direct monitoring. Using the Unison technology, which implies replacing the clear-sounding and modern (yet high-quality) interface pre by a Unison-compatible plugin (eg a Neve strip, vintage preamp, some guitar amps too), monitoring is still direct.

Unison allows to change the physical preamp’s behavioe using a plugin, which is an amazing technology.

The installing process was seamless, and the same goes for the plugins (the included bundle + a special offer which consisted in $749 worth of plugins + a $79 off coupon on an Helios EQ + those I purchased to take advantage of other special offers – seems like I bought it right on time :-) ).

Yet, there were audio problems with the sound dropping but it got resolved with changes within Windows and the use of a special PCI-e USB 3.0 card instead of the motherboard’s chipset (it seemed to work with a mere update, but you never know).
Thanks again to the UA tech support, they really know their job.

I work on an 17 5820K with 32GB of RAM. This leads me to a problem I’ve encountered: the plugins work on an internal DSP on the card, with a total only 2 DSPs as it’s a Twin model. Its capacity soon gets exceeded, which implies freezing the tracks, saving the settings and make clear decisions then to reset to the default mixer screen so as to empty the DSPs.

In native mode, I can use many mort plugins without saturating my Computer, so it’s a real pity that you can’t mix the DSP and PC’s power, as I could use many more UA plugins than I currently can (I sometimes have to use SE versions of the plugs on secondary tracks).

Lat alone that point, quality of the converters and preamps is incredibly good! Used with a nice microphone (a Neumann TLM 102 in my case), the result is exceptionally good, especially considering that the Unison allows to tweak the sound using channel strips, vintage preamps emulations and so on. But even then, the original preamp stands its case and is more than usable!

The mixer is both easy to use and very practical. A real asset!
Most parameters can be controlled both using the mouse or the interface’s controls.


I like:
+ the preamps’ overall quality
+ the Unison technology
+ the quality of the converters
+ the mixer
+ the possibility to record or not the effects in Cubase Pro 8.5 (or any other DAW)
+ the exceptional quality of the plug-ins (even superior to Waves in a way)

I like less:
- the DSP technology which causes more problems than it helps. It once was very practical (in the days of the UAD-1), but nowadays the processors are so powerful that the UAD-2 is surpassed and it’s a pity. It still can be useful for someone with a small setup, but it’s not my case.
- only two channels, making it impossible to record a guitar amp using three microphones
- a single headphone out, which is not practical to tweak the vocals while making it heard by both the singer and engineer
However, this interface is more aimed at home studio owners who work alone, and for that purpose it’s still a very fine interface.

I’d make the same choice a million times if necessary. I hesitated between this and an REM Fireface, well I’m glad to have entered Universal Audio’s universe!

When I can, I intend to buy a UAD-2 Octo (Satellite USB 3.0 or PCIe, depending on the better compatibility, I’ll see when I have the budget) in order to use more DSP power and take full advantage of all these wonderful plug-ins.

With such a high-quality interface, I’ll also have to invest in good microphones as the only really good mic that I have is the Neumann TLM 102 (I also own a lower quality condenser T-Bone, a ribbon T-Bone, an SM57 and an SM58).
But as I have already invested a lot, that will be for later…

If you can afford an interface in that price range, don’t hesitate and go ahead, you won’t be disappointed!

It’s also a pity that it is the only Apollo available for Windows system computers, i would have preferred an Apollo with more inputs and two headphone outs, and most important more included DSPs… But for 899€, you already have access to an exceptional quality! So let’s not demand too much, a 600€ interface with a lot of ins/out will never reach this one in terms of quality.

CAUTION: if you work on a laptop PC, there is a risk that it will not be compatible with the USB 3.0 chipset. Look up for yourself beforehand.

Edit: the interface is now even cheaper with the release of the Twin MKII, but you won’t get as many plug-ins as I got :-D

Since then, I’ve bought 2 UAD-2 Octo cards – one USB 3.0 Satellite and one internal PCI-e. I can tell you that I no longer have any problem to run as many plug-ins as I like now :bravo: (of course, there’s a world between 2 DSPs and 18...)

For the internal mixer, only the interface’s two DSPs can be used, but it seems well enough with only two inputs, unless you really have to use several plug-ins which is something I rarely – if ever – do. The Twin MKII and its Quad version are almost unnecessary, unless of course you want to use it for mixing (I speak for those who do not own additional UAD-2 cards).

Months later, i still consider it a great product!!! (and the problem with the audio signal which was dropping has almost vanished, except in very rare circumstances which are not even that much of a problem when it happens).
PS: I went to Cubase Pro 9 in the meantime (taking advantage of the grace preriod), and the software is even more stable than before, with crashes becoming rarer… I actually still have to face any, if I remember correctly.
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News Universal Audio

Universal Audio releases three new UAD plug-ins

Published on 05/03/16
Universal Audio's UAD Software v8.6, introduces the new Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe, Chandler Limited Curve Bender and Sonnox Oxford Limiter v2 plugins.

UAD Software v8.5 now available

Published on 02/03/16

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