Mackie Designs (Woodinville, Wash.) and Universal Audio (Santa Cruz, Calif.) announced a strategic partnership in which Mackie will market and distribute a series of cutting-edge, DSP-based software tools developed by Universal Audio.
"We have a strong relationship with Universal Audio and have been unduly impressed with their innovation and engineering expertise," stated Jamie Engen, CEO at Mackie. "We believe that by combining Universal Audio's engineering talents with Mackie's marketing and distribution capabilities, we will be able to provide even more useful and inventive tools to our customers, while futher solidifying Mackie's position in the digital recording arena."
Bill Putnam, CEO of Universal Audio, stated, "We are very proud and excited to enter into this strategic relationship with Mackie. We believe that Mackie's leadership in marketing, distribution and customer reach in the audio markets is the perfect complement to promote and distribute Universal Audio's DSP-based technology worldwide."
The first U.A.-developed product to become part of the Mackie family will be the UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins for Windows-based, VST-compatible software, including Cubase VST, Logic Audio, Nuendo and others. A Macintosh version that includes support for MOTU's Digital Performer will be available next year.The included "Powered" plug-ins feature software emulations of the Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier and 1176LN Leveling Amplifier. Also included are the RealVerb Pro, and UAD CS-1 Channel Strip with equalizer/compressor, delay demodulator and reflection engine.
Currently available in limited distribution, Powered Plug-Ins will soon be available at Mackie dealers worldwide as the Mackie Powered Plug-Ins System ($995 U.S.), and will include all available Universal Audio-developed plug-ins as well as the UAD-1 PCI card. The Mackie Powered Plug-Ins will also be on display at the upcoming NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., January 17-20.