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Universal Audio Announces New Products at AES 2003

Universal Audio announced at AES 2003 the 2-1176, a new dual mono/stereo 1176LN Limiting Amplifier

Universal Audio announced at AES 2003 the 2-1176 (shown), a new dualmono/stereo 1176LN Limiting Amplifier. The 2-1176 retains all of thefeatures and functionality of the company’s 1176LN, and switches easilybetween dual-mono and true linked stereo. The 2-1176 builds from thecircuit design of the company’s 6176 Channel Strip and combines two1176 channels from that unit.

“After over 35 years as the go-to professional compressor, customersare still telling us they can’t get enough 1176LNs for their mixes andthat they love strapping two 1176s together for stereo operation,” saidMatt Ward, president of Universal Audio. “The 2-1176 is the best ofboth worlds with two fully independent channels of 1176LN and a stereoadaptor in one box, so in addition to providing true stereo operation,it’s an economical way to add two more 1176LNs to your studiorack.”

At the show, the company also released the 2192 Master AudioInterface, a 1U, 2-channel 24-bit AD/DA with master reference clock,provides simple front-panel controls, supports sample rates up to 192k,and transcodes between AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT in real time, with bothsingle- and dual-wire AES modes.

“What really sets the 2192 apart from other AD/DA converterdesigns,” said Universal Audio VP of engineering Joe Bryan, “is itsdiscrete, Class-A analog circuitry, which yields not only exceptionaldetail, transient response and image stability, but, most importantly,retains all of the magical analog warmth and character of the originalsource across multiple sample rates.”

The 2192 offers a low noise floor of -145 dBFS and a dynamic rangeover 122 dB. The 2192 also offers flexibility in clocking, signalrouting and monitoring. A signal can run into the analog inputs atsample rates ranging from 44.1k to 192k, and then simultaneously outputto AES/EBU (single- or dual-wire), S/PDIF and ADAT (withindustry-standard S-MUX interleaving for sample rates above 48 kHz).The selectable output monitor controls any of the digital inputs or theanalog input with no interruption to the transcoding.

The Universal Audio 2192 is now available for a MSRP of U.S.$2,795.

The company also released the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer in TDMplug-in format for the Digidesign Pro Tools|HD and 24 |Mix systems. ThePultec EQP-1A has been available on the Universal Audio UAD-1 DSP cardplatform for more than a year.

The Pultec EQP-1A Plug-In is a faithful electronic reproduction ofthe legendary hardware equalizer using the company’s proprietary”virtual circuit” modeling techniques. It supports sample rates of 44.1to 192k. All of the unique features of the original hardware EQ areincluded in the plug-in. All front-panel controls are included on theuser interface, including accurate modeling of knob tapers.

The UA Pultec EQP-1A for Pro Tools TDM systems is now available fora MSRP of U.S. $395. The Pultec EQP-1A is also available in a new UAStudio Bundle along with the 1176LN/SE and LA-2A Compressors for $995.Universal Audio is offering rebates to TDM customers from October `1,2003, to December 31, 2003, for purchase of a $50 rebate for any singleTDM plug-in; a $100 rebate for any two TDM plug-ins (compressor bundlecounts as two); and a $150 rebate for buying all three TDM plug-ins(the Compressor Bundle counts as two and the Studio Bundle counts asthree).

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