Universal Audio has release UAD Software v8.0

Universal Audio has released UAD Software v8.0 for UAD-2 DSP Acceleratorhardware and Apollo audio interfaces.

Software v8.0 includes Apollo Expanded, allowing users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces to 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-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Console 2.0 will also be coming to Apollo FireWire interfaces (Mac and Windows) in Fall 2015.

Apollo Expanded — Key Features

  • “Mix and Match” up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Simple Thunderbolt cable cascading between units
  • Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system
  • New Console 2.0 — High-resolution 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos with over 25 new user-requested features
  • New Flex Driver lets users customize 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

New UAD-powered Plug-ins

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

  • Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In — $299
    • Record your acoustic guitar direct, in real time with microphone quality sound using Apollo Twin, DUO, or QUAD
    • Provides the rich resonance and vibrancy missing from unprocessed acoustic guitar pickups
    • No time-consuming setup; provides consistent premium sound every time you monitor or record acoustic guitar
    • Freedom to re-mic as you mix, changing and adding microphones as needed to fit your production
  • UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle — $249
    • Features the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808 (also sold separately for $129),
    • Raw Distortion (based on the vintage early-80s Pro Co Rat), and Bermuda
    • Triangle (based on the 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
  • Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx — $249
    • Faithful emulation of two modern boutique amps inspired by classic British tube amps, designed by legendary amp guru David Friedman
    • FX Rack features lo-fi delay, noise gate, and filter controls
    • 66 impulse responses for each amp, with multiple speaker cabinets recorded in a state of the art room with stellar gear
    • Re-amp less than perfect DI guitar tracks, previously recorded with other guitar amp simulations
    • Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces

To download UAD v8.0, or for more information, visit the Universal Audio site.