No doubt many may have been waiting for this announcement as the UAD-1 Powered Plugins system has gained many fans (see our review). Well wait no more, the UAD-1 software for both Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X is now available and adds Audio Units to the list of supported plug-in formats. The Universal Audio UAD-1 package includes a proprietary high-performance DSP card that powers a collection of professional audio plug-ins for native DAW's known as Powered Plug-ins. In addition, the UAD-1 can leverage the advanced technologies of Mac OS X. Mac OS X features Core Audio, Audio Units, Quartz, Java, QuickTime, symmetric multiprocessing, and hardware support that provides opportunities for further evolution of the UAD-1
"Support for OS X and the new Power Mac G5 will be extremely valuable to our dedicated Mac users," said Universal Audio Vice President Joe Bryan. "The introduction of Audio Units to our existing VST, DX & MAS support will allow Emagic Logic Audio and MOTU Digital Performer 4 users to smoothly transition to OS X, and to harness the power of the 64 bit PowerMac G5 processor. The UAD-1 hardware was designed for 'Universal Signaling' and is fully compatible with PCI and the new PCI-X slots in the Power Mac G5 using up to 4 simultaneous UAD-1 cards."
"Combined with Mac OS X Core Audio and Audio Units, the Power Mac G5 is the platform of choice for audio professionals and their demanding projects." said Ron Okamoto, VP of Apple's Worldwide Developer Relations group. "Universal Audio's UAD-1 package takes advantage of the new Power Mac G5 Frontside Bus and lets musicians use the wide bandwidth to record and mix high track counts at 96k-192k required for SACD & DVD-A."
The award-winning Universal Audio UAD-1 package includes a proprietary high-performance DSP card, which powers a connoisseur's collection of audio processing tools known as Powered Plug-ins. The growing family of Powered Plug-ins currently includes: the 1176LN and Teletronix LA-2A vintage compressors, the Pultec EQP-1A and Cambridge EQs, RealVerb Pro, the Nigel Guitar Processor, Dreamverb and the CS-1 Channel Strip.
Version 3.3 software including OS X support for VST and Audio Units for G4 and G5 systems will be a free download for registered UAD-1 owners available initially as a public beta via the Universal Audio website at: