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Universal Audio Ships UAD Version 4.4 Software

Universal Audio announced the Web launch of Version 4.4 software for the UAD-1 and UAD-1e DSP Card and Powered Plug-Ins system. Version 4.4 includes a 14-day fully functional demo of the exclusively Neve-licensed 33609 Bus Compressor plug-in.

“The Neve 33609 is our most sophisticated plug-in emulation to date and stunningly captures all the subtleties of this classic diode-bridge hardware design,” says Universal Audio’s VP of marketing, Mike Barnes. “Like our 1073 plug-in, we bundle both an exacting no-DSP-expense version and a DSP-optimized version [33609SE] for higher-instance count scenarios. [We] also added a unique headroom switch to optimize DAW compression ‘sensitivity’ for use on inserts, groups or the master stereo bus.”

“The completely step-controlled 33609 has its own unique sonic signature created by separate compression and limiter sections, each with their own threshold, recovery and bypass controls,” says Seath Ahrens, Universal Audio’s director of software. “The compressor section offers five ratio selections, and the mono/stereo switch decouples the left and right gain-reduction elements, and allows us to offer a mono plug-in option with reduced DSP use.”

Registered UAD-1 customers may purchase full authorizations of the 33609/33609 SE plug-in bundle for $249 from