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Universal Audio Announces UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop, New Plug-In Partner

At the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., Universal Audio announced the creation of the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop, a compact ExpressCard version of the company’s UAD-2 SOLO DSP Accelerator card. The new SOLO/Laptop DSP card brings Universal Audio’s world-class analog emulations—authenticated by Neve, Roland, SPL, Moog, and more—to laptop DAW users.

The SOLO/Laptop includes studio staples like UA’s 1176SE Compressor/Limiter, Pultec EQP-1A Equalizer, RealVerb Pro Room Modeler, and CS-1 Channel Strip, and offers access to the entire Powered Plug-In library.

The UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop enables large, professional mixes on laptop DAWs without the need for cabling or power supply. The UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop supports VST, Audio Units and RTAS plug-in formats on both Mac and PC. The company states that the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop will available at UA dealers worldwide in early Q2 at a MAP price of $499.

Universal Audio also announced the addition of Manley Labs to Universal Audio’s growing list of premium plug-in partners. Universal Audio will have access to EveAnna Manley’s arsenal of coveted analog studio and mastering designs from which UA will create plug-ins that further diversify the UAD DSP Platform.

“Manley Labs represents quality, sonic excellence and unequivocal analog design expertise,” says Universal Audio president Matt Ward. “To say Universal Audio has admiration for Manley’s designs and reputation as a company would be a huge understatement. There has always been a special affinity between our companies, and we are elated to have EveAnna Manley joining us a plug-in partner for the UAD platform.”

“Manley’s partnership with Universal Audio to create digital emulations of my company’s designs is huge leap for me personally,” EveAnna Manley explains. “I’ve guarded those designs like a mother bear since day one, but my good friends at Universal Audio have earned my trust to allow them access to the crown jewels of Manley Labs. Universal Audio’s emulation design techniques are clearly superior to the competition, and their UAD business model is exceptional. I feel safe. There is no other company I’d trust to do it right.”

Matt Ward adds, “This partnership may signal a sea change by some in the audio community who consider Manley one of the bastions of the staunch ‘anti-digital, analog old-guard.’ Manley’s endorsement and acceptance of the legitimacy of Universal Audio’s digital emulations as viable alternatives to glass and iron is a step into the future.”

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