Universal Audio Releases UAD Software Version 8.6

Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ, Sonnox Oxford Limiter Version 2, Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in Available Exclusively for UAD-2 and Apollo Hardware
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Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ plug-in

Universal Audio in Scotts Valley, Calif., announces the release of UAD Software Version 8.6. This latest software release features two exclusive new plug-ins for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces—the Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ and the Sonnox Oxford Limiter V. 2, as well as the new UAD Fender ‘55 Tweed Deluxe Plug-In.

Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Softube, the Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ plug-in ($299) is an exacting emulation of this boutique inductor-based EQ. Based on the vintage EMI TG12345 desk from Abbey Road Studios, the same one used to record Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and The Beatles' Abbey Road, Chandler Limited’s Curve Bender Mastering EQ takes the warm, legendary sonics of the vintage EMI unit, and expands it into a powerful mastering EQ.

Endorsed by Chandler Limited founder Wade Goeke, Softube emulated the Chandler Limited’s Curve Bender circuits end-to-end, including its filter inductors, germanium transistors, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities. This allows the Curve Bender plug-in to retain the hardware’s rich harmonics and vintage tone.

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Sonnox Oxford Limiter V. 2 plug-in

The Sonnox Oxford Limiter V. 2 plug-in ($249) transparently increases the volume, density, and presence of your tracks without losing transients or dynamics. Featuring the latest generation of Oxford Limiter's inter-sample peak (ISP) detection—introduced for the first time on the UAD platform—this plug-in is designed for engineers looking for an uncolored, accurate limiter as a “final stage” for their masters.

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Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in

One of Leo Fender's first and finest amp designs, the Fender Deluxe was introduced in 1946. After various circuit tweaks, Fender eventually landed on the now historic "wide-panel" 5E3 Deluxe in 1955. This amplifier’s touch-sensitivity has a dynamic range from clean and sweet, to overdriven raunch that’s made it a go-to recording amp for the likes of Larry Carlton, Neil Young, Mike Campbell, Daniel Lanois, and Billy Gibbons.

For more than two years, UA undertook extensive research and development, capturing every single component of two “golden unit” 1955 Fender Deluxe amps—from vintage speaker paper and tubes to filter caps and transformers—the essential ingredients that make the 1955 Deluxe an iconic “secret weapon” recording amp.

The result is the UAD Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in ($199), Universal Audio’s first guitar amplifier emulation and a groundbreaking development in guitar amp modeling.

Featuring an assortment of meticulously-placed microphone combinations, as well as three different classic speaker types, the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in includes Universal Audio’s Unison technology; Apollo users’ guitar pickups will see the exact impedance load as if plugging into a vintage 1955 Fender Deluxe, a feature found only on Apollo audio interfaces.

Learn more about UAD Software V. 8.6.

Learn more about the Chandler Limited Curve Bender Mastering EQ plug-in.

Learn more about the Sonnox Oxford Limiter V. 2 plug-in.

Learn more about the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe plug-in.