The big news from Universal Audio at Winter Namm was the release of the new Apollo interface, so we weren't expecting anything from them at Messe, apart from the first European showing of the new hardware, so we were kinda surprised when our 'got anything new for us to film?' question was met with furtive glances and hushed conversations... we were asked to come back the next day, when we were ushered into a private meeting room to be given a sneek preview of the latest product they'd been hatching - the 1176 Limiter Collection plugin.
It's a no-brainer, really - some of the most archetypal audio hardware units ever to grace studios across the world, and the recordings of countless classics - rolled up into one plugin which just happens to run on both the existing UAD-2 DSP Accelerator platform and the shiny new hardware.
I reckon this is gonna be popular!
So here's Director of Product Management Lev Perrey giving us the low-down.
UPDATE: - here's the official Press Release...
UNIVERSAL AUDIO RELEASES 1176 CLASSIC LIMITER COLLECTION FOR UAD-2 PLATFORM
The Definitive Collection of the World’s Most Famous Compressors,
with Presets from Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Jacquire King, and more.
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • April 4, 2012 — Universal Audio (UA), a leader in professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud torelease the 1176 Classic Limiter Collection for the UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform and new Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface. Picking up where UA’s original 1176LN Limiting Amplifier plug-in left off, this new 1176 collection provides unrivaled emulations of three distinct 1176 hardware units, and is indispensable for any serious engineer or producer.
The new 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection models the Bill Putnam Sr.-designed FET limiter’s entire electronic path from stem to stern - including its transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers, and input/output distortion - and boasts improvements to its gain reduction nonlinearities and Attack/Release fits.
“While our original 1176LN plug-in is still the closest software emulation of the original hardware available, we’ve learned a lot in the ten years since its release. That knowledge has produced the 1176 Collection,” says Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “The results are simply stunning, and we're thrilled to be able to offer this to our UAD-2 customers.”
The 1176 Limiter Plug-In Collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations. The Rev A “Bluestripe” represents the original Putnam FET limiter design, complete with its higher distortion and unique FET gain amplifier characteristics. The Rev E “Blackface” covers the early 70’s / Brad Plunkett “LN” (Low Noise) era of the 1176 circuit lineage, with a more linear compression response, transistor gain amplification, and a change to the program dependency. The 1176AE emulates UA’s rare 1176 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with exclusive “hot-rod” mods — including its lower 2:1 compression ratio and a fixed “super slow” 10ms attack mode.
Also included in the 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection are handcrafted presets from some legendary 1176 enthusiasts: Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt), Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Killers), Carl Glanville (U2), David Isaac (Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross), Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), Hugo Nicolson (Radiohead, Björk), Vance Powell (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs), and Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers).
The 1176 Classic Limiter Collection is now available as part of the new UAD Software v6.2 release, and can be purchased for $299 via UA’s Online Store, or for $149 for current owners of the original 1176LN Limiting Amplifier Plug-In.
1176 Classic Limiter Collection features include:
Faithful emulation of legendary M.T. “Bill” Putnam-designed classic FET Limiter, the most popular compressor ever made
Includes three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own specific features and sonic attributes
Models entire electronic path, including transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers
Compression circuit model includes improved gain reduction nonlinearities and Attack/Release fits
Famous ultra fast attack time – 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
New “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” provides popular amplifier-only mode Input and Output amplifier distortion
All multi-button ratio combinations now available — including famous “All-Buttons”
More information on the 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection here:
Watch the video here:
UAD Software v6.2 is available as a FREE download for Mac and PC users worldwide:
Learn more about the award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform here: www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-insMore From: UNIVERSAL AUDIO
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