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Preparing for the launch of its Powered Plug-Ins product line, Universal Audio recently announced an addition to the initial release. Powered Plug-Ins will now include the Vintage Compressor plug-ins, emulations of UA's own classic 1176LN and Teletronix LA-2A compressors.

Powered Plug-Ins, running on the super-computing UAD-1 DSP card, bring professional quality and high-bandwidth processing to native digital audio workstations. In addition to the Vintage Compressors, Powered Plug-Ins also include RealVerb Pro, the consummate reverb plug-in; CS-1 Channel Strip, a comprehensive set of quality effects; and the UAD-1 PCI DSP card.

Rather than simply modeling compression curves, a comparatively straightforward approach to compressor emulation, the UA engineering team modeled the actual circuitry of each compressor. Thorough circuit analysis and simulation captures the unique character - and unexpected quirks - of these classic compressors. Modeling the transformers (including the Putnam-designed 1176 output transformer) with special attention to hysteresis and core saturation among other attributes, also contributes to the accuracy of these plug-ins. Universal Audio - with its Stanford/CCRMA educated engineers led by Bill Putnam, Jr.- is uniquely qualified to create the definitive digital emulations of its own classics.

Available in June, 2001, Powered Plug-Ins will initially support the VST/PC format for compatibility with Steinberg's Cubase and Nuendo as well as Emagic's Logic Audio. Macintosh versions are anticipated for a later release. List price is $995USD.

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