Plug-In Power

Tips & Tricks — Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb

Posted by Will Shanks on May 12, 2011 8:43:17 PM PDT

The original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb defined the sound of an entire era. This article focuses on the fundamentals of getting started with the UAD Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb Plug-In and includes tips unique to the Lexicon 224 to maximize its sonic potential. 

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Tips & Tricks — SSL E & G Series Plug-Ins

Posted by Mason Hicks on February 7, 2011 11:11:11 AM PST

In this Plug-In Power post, we will be focusing on some basic pointers for getting started with the SSL E Series Channel Strip and SSL G Series Bus Compressor plug-ins for UAD-2. As many SSL plug-in users are quickly finding out, these plug-ins have the ability to infuse your mixes with the curves and character heard on countless classic albums.

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Tips & Tricks — Studer A800 Mutichannel Tape Recorder Plug-In

Posted by Mason Hicks on February 3, 2011 11:11:11 AM PST

In this Plug-In Power post, we will be focusing on some basic pointers for getting started with the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder plug-in for UAD-2. As many A800 users are quickly finding out, this plug-in has the unique ability to "glue together" your mixes — providing a rare combination warmth, air and punch — just like recording to 2" analog tape.

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The Surgical Precision of the UAD Cambridge EQ

Posted by Dave Crane on July 25, 2010 5:35:35 PM PDT

The Cambridge EQ was first introduced in early 2003, and was UA’s first (and only) EQ to include a graphical EQ response curve display. It wasn’t modeled after any particular EQ hardware; rather we were looking to develop a very precise "super EQ" to meet or surpass the sound and functionality of other plug-in EQs on the market.

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The Harrison 32C Channel EQ

Posted by Dave Crane on June 23, 2010 9:51:10 PM PDT

This month, we’re taking a listen to the Harrison 32C Channel EQ. This EQ was modeled using the same techniques we use to model our other EQs: component and circuit modeling in combination with listening tests. We use upsampling to achieve the sonic accuracy we’re famous for with the Neve, Pultec, and Helios EQs.

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The Precision Enhancer Hz Plug-In: A Specialized Tool for Enhancing Bass Perception

Posted by Dave Crane on May 26, 2010 2:11:12 PM PDT

The Precision Enhancer Hz is the latest addition to the powerful line of plug-ins we call the Precision Mix Series. For those of you who are not already familiar, the Precision Series of plug-ins is the brainchild of UA’s own elite team of DSP gurus. Be sure to visit the product page of any Precision Series plug-in to watch informative videos for each.

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Getting Hands-On with the Manley Massive Passive EQs

Posted by Dave Crane on April 21, 2010 11:15:11 AM PDT

The Manley Massive Passive EQ Powered Plug-In represents UA’s most complex hardware emulation to date. It is also the most CPU-intensive plug-in in the UA library, and for good reason: The behavior of the transformers and inductors, called hysteresis, was modeled, as well as the tube stage behavior. In this article, I’ll talk about the challenges UA faced while modeling this iconic piece of hardware. And then you can hear the results in the accompanying video.

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Chaining the 1176LN and LA-2A Compressors for Maximum Control

Posted by Dave Crane on February 24, 2010 11:16:11 AM PST

This month we’re looking at two studio legends: the 1176LN Limiting Amplifier and Teletronix® LA-2A Leveling Amplifier compressors. Each one is quite different from the other. We’ve done articles and videos in the past showing how they work, but one little-known compression secret is that they can be used together on the same track.

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Splitting Heirs: Why the LA-3A Audio Leveler Sounds Different Than its Kin, the LA-2A

Posted by Dave Crane on December 23, 2009 11:16:11 AM PST

The LA-3A compressor made its debut at the 1969 New York AES show. Brad Plunkett designed the LA-3A and also played a major role in the development of the 1176. Essentially, the LA-3A is a solid-state version of the LA-2A; it retains the same simple control set (Gain, Peak Reduction, Comp/Limit Switch) and, of course, the all-important T4 electro-optical panel module (ELOP for short).

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