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Mackie Designs Inc. and Universal Audio today 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.

"We are very excited about 3.0," said Universal Audio co-founder Bill Putnam. "The Cambridge EQ, with its surgical percision, is the perfect compliment to the warm, musical Pultec. And the ability to use multiple cards in a single machine has been the number one request from our users for some time. The amount of processing power you can get into your PC now is just awesome!"

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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