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Universal Audio Shows New AD/DA Converter and New Version of UAD-1 Card

Also announces TDM versions of its plug-ins By DMN Staff Writer
Universal Audio, the manufacturer of authentic vintage analog reproductions and DSP-powered plug-ins, debuted a new DA/AD converrter, TDM versions of its plug-ins, a new version of the UAD-1 card and a preview of the UAD-1's upcoming version 3.0 software at the AES convention.

2192 Dual Digital to Analog and Analog to Digital Converter
The 2192 Dual DA/AD Converter is the first product to combine Universal Audio's expertise in high-quality vintage analog gear with its advanced digital designs. The 2192, a single rack unit, provides simple front panel controls, supports sample rates up to 192K, and transcodes between AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT in realtime, with single and dual wire AES modes.

"What really sets the 2192 apart from other DA/AD converters," said Universal Audio VP of Engineering Joe Bryan, "is its John Hinson-designed Class-A analog circuitry, which has exceptional detail and image clarity, yet retains the warmth and character of the original source at all sample rates."

The 2192 offers tremendous flexibility in signal routing and monitoring. You can, for example, run signal into the analog inputs at sample rates ranging from 44.1K to 192K, and simultaneously output it to AES/EBU (single- or dual-wire), S/PDIF and ADAT (with industry standard S-MUX interleaving for sample rates above 48kHz). The selectable output monitor allows you to monitor any of the digital inputs, or the analog input with no interruption to the transcoding, making the 2192 an ideal hub in any personal or professional studio integrating the best of analog and digital technologies.

The 2192 also serves as an extremely high-quality digital to analog and analog to digital converter If, for example, you're working on a digital console or workstation that utilizes higher sample rates, the 2192 will dramatically improve your monitoring environment and the quality of your analog masters. As a front end for a native workstation, the 2192 provides two channels of sterling sound quality for tracking, monitoring and mastering.

Universal Audio will begin shipping the 2192 in the fourth quarter of 2002. A retail price has not yet been announced.

6176 Channel Strip
The new 6176 channel strip combines Universal Audio's two most successful products -- the 2-610 microphone/instrument preamplifier and the 1176LN compressor-into a single "channel strip" product.

The 6176 features several improvements over the standalone 2-610 mic preamp and 1176LN compressor. "While we're known primarily for painstaking reproductions of vintage gear," said Universal Audio Chief Analog Designer, John Hinson, "with the 6176 we allowed ourselves to add new features and take advantage of components with superior specs over the originals. For example, the mic preamp now features a 15db pad and a beefed-up power supply that tightens up the bass. The compressor section still has the twenty micro-second attack time and program dependency of the original 1176, but it is much quieter. Vintage character with modern specs is what we were going for and I think we've hit it. It's the best of both worlds."

The 6176, a single, horizontal rackmount unit, has a suggested US retail price of $2,495 and will begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2002.

TDM versions of Powered Plug-Ins
Universal Audio is releasing TDM versions of its Powered Plug-Ins and will be upgrading many of the plug-ins sold previously under the brand name Kind of Loud to support TDM HD, selling the new versions under the Universal Audio brand name. All the Universal Audio TDM plugs will support Pro Tools HD and all will also support Apple Macintosh OS X next year.

Universal Audio's highly touted vintage compressor emulations, the 1176LN and LA-2A will be the first plugs-in available for TDM, followed closely by the Pultec EQ. Existing Kind of Loud TDM plug-ins that will be upgraded to support HD will include the Smart Code Pro surround encoders and RealVerb 5.1. In addition, Universal Audio has announced that two new plug-ins, a high-end reverb, DreamVerb and theCambridge EQ, will also be released as TDM /HD versions. Registered owners of existing Kind of Loud TDM products, will be able to upgrade to the new HD-compatible Universal Audio versions for a nominal fee.

Universal Audio TDM HD plug-ins will begin shipping in Q4 2002.

Mackie Designs Inc. and Universal Audio unveiled a new version of the Mackie UAD-1 card, called the UAD-8 I/O, which features an ADAT optical interface that supports sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 192kHz. The UAD-8 I/O will allow users to interface directly with external devices which support the ADAT I/O, without having to purchase a separate PCI card for their PCs.

In addition, the new UAD-8 I/O platform is coupled with a stand-alone host application, with which the user can take advantage of all the Universal Audio plug-ins without using a third party VST host application. With both the new I/O and host application features, the UAD-8 I/O can turn an ordinary PC into a standalone digital effects processor, capable of 192kHz sampling rates and able to run ultra-low latency effects for any digital mixing console using the ADAT optical interface.

The UAD-8 I/O complements two other new Universal Audio and Mackie products announced at AES; UAD software version 3.0 and the 2192 Dual Channel A/D & D/A converter. UAD version 3.0 supports the use of up to four UAD-1 cards inside a single PC, so existing users can purchase an additional card and add I/O capabilities at the same time. The new 2192 provides high-quality A/D & D/A conversion at sample rates up to 192kHz, and supports S/PDIF, AES/EBU and ADAT digital interface protocols. Using the UAD-8 I/O and the 2192 together opens a whole new world of flexibility and processing options for any digital audio enthusiast.

"The UAD-8 I/O vastly expands the market for the UAD-1 plus enhances the options for any current UAD-1 user," said Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Market and Product Development at Mackie Designs Inc. "New users will now be able to avoid buying a separate I/O card. Existing UAD-1 customers will be able to take advantage of software version 3.0's ability to support multiple UAD-1 cards in a single PC. Perhaps most significantly, customers who want to take advantage of the amazing sound of the UAD-1 plug-ins can now turn an older PC into a standalone effects unit that will work with anything that has an ADAT I/O."

The UAD-8 I/O, which will begin shipping in December 2002, will be distributed worldwide exclusively by Mackie Designs Inc. and will have a suggested U.S. retail price of $1,295.

The UAD-8 I/O is currently on display at the AES show in Los Angeles, California at the Universal Audio booth #1567.

Preview of Windows 3.0 Software for the UAD-1
Mackie Designs Inc.and Universal Audio provided a preview of their upcoming Windows 3.0 software release for the Mackie UAD-1 DSP card with Powered Plug-Ins. Version 3.0, in addition to supporting the use of multiple UAD-1 cards in a single PC, supports Cambridge, a new EQ plug-in. The UAD-1 and Powered Plug-Ins were developed by Universal Audio Inc. and are marketed and distributed worldwide by Mackie Designs Inc.

In addition to its five-band, fully parametric EQ, Cambridge features a high and low cut with a wide variety of filter types and curves. Cambridge uses high-precision filter structures and proprietary alogorithms to achieve warm analog sound. An A/B function allows for quick comparison of two different settings. Cambridge also features a graphic display of the EQ curve, which has "edit handles" for click and drag control of the EQ parameters. Cambridge will be the first Universal Audio plug-in for the UAD-1 platform to be sold separately.

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