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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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The Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ

Posted by Dave Crane on November 24, 2009 11:16:11 AM PST

For those who don’t already know, the Trident A-Range console was developed in the early 1970s by a team of audio engineers led by Malcom Toft, the chief engineer at Trident Studio in London. These engineers wanted a console that sounded the way they thought it should, right down to the fixed frequencies in the EQ section. Almost 40 years later, working in partnership with Trident Audio Developments, UA scrutinized and painstakingly reproduced the EQ section from one of these extremely rare desks.

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The EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator Plug-In

Posted by Dave Crane on September 23, 2009 11:15:11 AM PDT

 This month we are taking an up-close and personal look at the EMT 250 Electronic Reverberator Powered Plug-In for the UAD-2. Since its release in July, 2009, it has received praise from all over the audio engineering industry. Industry veterans who know the original hardware are in awe as they hear the same coveted and unique reverb sounds they have grown to know and love. Engineers who have never used the hardware marvel at how easily the EMT 250 sits in a mix.

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Digging Into the FATSO™ Jr/Sr Analog Tape Simulator and Compressor

Posted by Dave Crane on August 26, 2009 11:16:11 AM PDT

Some people don’t really know the best way to use the FATSO. It is a pretty deep plug-in, especially the FATSO Sr., which adds Dave Derr's own custom mods to turn the original FATSO into an unbelievable tonal-shaping powerhouse. The FATSO Sr. offers a “Tranny” saturation control, sidechain filtering and deeper compression parameters including Threshold, Attack and Release.

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