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  • 1 of 1 found this helpful.
    Competes with other great plugins - and only wins partially

    by N. Dranov. 3 out of 5 stars

    Preamp and gate gets the most use when I use this plug - and that hasn't yet happened a lot. Pre for grit when Unison-recording non-processed (input 1) / processed (aux) guitar or bass and gate for e.g. drums with a lot of bleed. Both are great! Esp. the gate, messed with it and wum! - suddenly no metal in skin mic's. But when it comes to hi/lo passes, comp and eq I seem to choose 'dedicated' plugs, ie. native logic/cambridge, the 1176-/670-/la2a/-collections and bx v2/massive passive/trident. Why? Maybe the API can't match these. Maybe I just like to USE my other great plugs. When I got the API I thought I'd do API-only-mixes, but not yet. 'Till that day - where the API may shine - I guess I turned out not a channel-strip-only kind of guy.


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    Something just a little off...

    by B. Herle. 3 out of 5 stars

    Yeah, it's pretty good on some sources... but it also seems to add a character that's a little strong rude, and not easily remedied afterwards. This is especially when using the EQ. If you compare this eq to the 550a, there's no comparison. The 550a comes out sounding so much more solid and beautiful, where the vision eq tends to sound a bit weak and phasey. especially disappointing considering the DSP usage. But I do think the Pre, Gate and comp sound pretty fantastic...


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  • 3 of 3 found this helpful.
    Beautiful little DSP hog

    by . . 4 out of 5 stars

    I'm only giving 4 stars because this thing eats up DSP so hard to use in a mix. For tracking, however, it's totally worth it. I have a preset I made for my voice that I use before some light LA2A compression (mic is a clone of a Neumann U87). For 90% of the mixes I do (all with myself singing) I find that combination alone is perfect and I rarely need to mess with EQ/compression after tracking. I would love to use more in mixing, but similarly to the A800, the DSP usage rarely allows it (I have a DUO). So my only criticisms here are price and DSP usage.


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  • 4 of 4 found this helpful.
    Great channel strip

    by H. Petersson. 5 out of 5 stars

    This is simply an easy to use great sounding channel strip. I think my favourite part of it would be the preamp which is very clean and aggressive but has a slight analogue warmth to it. It just sounds fantastic.

    On top of that there's a very good compressor as well as one of the better gates I've come across. The EQ section is not my favourite, but it does the job. The 2db steps can be a bit too much sometimes.
    A big plus is that you can turn off the sections you don't use to save DSP. For some reason you can't turn off the preamp however.

    I had to choose between this and the 1073 because I couldn't afford both. I chose the 1073 because it had more character and nicer EQ. But I will get this one as soon as I can afford it.


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  • 6 of 6 found this helpful.
    The go-to voiceover plugin.

    by S. Chapin . 5 out of 5 stars

    I do TV news voiceover, which has to cut through, and I also travel a lot, meaning I work in a lot of different environments. The combination of the compression, gating and EQ on this plug is fantastic. Have been a UA fan for years, and the API is the frosting on a very sweet cake!


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  • 6 of 6 found this helpful.
    a must have DAW foundation

    by W. Guy . 5 out of 5 stars

    I have long sought a solution when using my DAW [Sonar X3] for having, at my fingertips, what I used to have with my old analog board from a prehistoric age; a trim control, parametric EQ with Texas Instruments 4147 op amps. The bonus for me was the hi and lo pass filters & sidechain patch, compressor & gate. After trying the Neve and SSL strips, while good, I found the API Vision strip gave me what was most appealing to my ears. And to never had the opportunity to use any world class analog boards in the past, to be able to sit down in front of 24 channels of API Vision is simply a dream come true. Thanks UAD. You got this one right.


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  • 11 of 11 found this helpful.
    I swear this thing is passing audio!

    by R. Seals . 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally I don't have to make excuses for working in the box! I just got an apollo and I am blow away by all of the UA plugins I've purchased but this one in particular is just jaw dropping good. IT SOUNDS LIKE HARDWARE! Exactly like it. I was adjusting the threshold on the compressor and the way the auto makeup gain kicked in sounded so real. Not even a hint of that "digital gain stepping" I've heard while adjusting parameters in other plugins.

    I would swear this thing is actually passing audio and not just crunching numbers in a box.

    Kudos to the team! Thanks to them I can finally breath easy and know I have the tools I need.


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  • 5 of 5 found this helpful.
    API vision strip is great for drums!!!

    by S. Dziegelewski . 5 out of 5 stars

    I recently started tracking drums for philadelphia based band The One2s and decided to demo the API Vision strip. I usually don't like channel strips as I like to mix and match my EQs and Comps. But this thing did the trick for the whole kit!!! I was able to get the drums punchy and cohesive in a very short time . The overhead mics really responded well to the API giving a great stereo image that was bright and full with out being harsh and tinty as most channel strips I've tried . After that I purchased it as soon as the 14 day demo was up of course. lol


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  • 4 of 4 found this helpful.
    More preamp emulations ppllleeaassseeee!!

    by J. Cox . 5 out of 5 stars

    The preamp emulation is my favorite part of this plugin. The bite it adds is just amazing with the apollo pres.


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  • 2 of 2 found this helpful.
    My favorite Channelstrip

    by A. Pratesi . 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally I can mix with API!!!
    I mixed a pop band with incredible results. Optimal with strings orchestra and concert piano
    Thanks UA


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  • 3 of 3 found this helpful.
    API - shes a beauty

    by W. Roncher . 5 out of 5 stars

    Rich, punchy, and analog are some words that come to mind. The filters are perfect. and the gate is smooth. The only issue i have with this plugin is that i wished the EQ section could be adjusted in 1 db increments instead of 2 db increments, which is true to the hardware. That would be an improvement over the hardware IMO. Excellent sounding and UADs best looking plugin to my eyes.


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  • 10 of 10 found this helpful.
    API Vision for Recording with Apollo

    by J. Russell . 5 out of 5 stars

    As an Apollo owner, I've looked at the record with FX button in the console several times and thought shall I commit or leave my options open. Most times I've chickened out and just monitored with FX, then I've found myself duplicating the setting of the plugins in Pro Tools.

    I bought the API Vision plugin thinking this will be particularly great on drums and I was not disappointed.

    I had a session a few days ago with a very talented drummer so I set up seven channels of input using Apollo. Kick, Snare Top, Snare bottom, Tom, Overhead left and right and a mono room mic.

    It really does sound like you're recording through a console. We did two passes initially, with FX, and without FX to see what the difference was like. Record with FX won


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  • 14 of 14 found this helpful.
    API Vision, SSL and NEVE side by side

    by H. Makela . 5 out of 5 stars

    Inserted my new API Vision Plug-in in Apollo together with SLL and NEVE strips on same channel.
    Tweaked them 1 hour for finding best sound from each of these and then started A/B/C comparison - Wow!
    API sounds best hands down - the clarity , warmth and punch - this thing sounds amazing!
    Was using my U87 mic for combination of vocal and guitar and then also compared them side by side with vocal and guitar individually. Same result.
    I own all except few UAD plug-ins and this is by far my favorite one now.

    Thank you Universal Audio!


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  • 9 of 9 found this helpful.
    Desert Island Plugin

    by T. Hill . 5 out of 5 stars

    Every part of this strip is amazingly easy to use & always sounds musical. Difficult to get a bad sound.

    The 212 adds a perfect amount of color. The filters are very useful & never seem to take too much. The gate is so easy & works better than any other I've tried. The comp always sounds great, even at extremes. It's so easy to quickly dial in any sound. The EQ is always smooth, fits everything perfectly.

    The whole package improves everything I've ran through it in a way that's difficult to describe. It's perfectly musical & dialing it in is so easy. It's definitely a timesaver!

    If I could only have 3 plugins: API Vision, Studer A800, & Ampex ATR-102. I'd use the API + A800 on every channel & the API + ATR on the mix. Perfection!


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  • 4 of 4 found this helpful.
    One of the best channel strips out there ...

    by K. Hector . 5 out of 5 stars

    Tried the demo and was hooked from day 1. UAD nailed it YET AGAIN with this plugin . Kind of hard to believe its a plugin .

    Try it .. better yet ..GET IT !!!!


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  • 4 of 4 found this helpful.
    favourite chanel strip

    by S. Berujanyan . 5 out of 5 stars

    The plugin is very powerful and can craft great character.First and foremost it is extremely easy to use. The eq section really transforms musically,Universal Audio always produces something the others don't .
    Thanks Universal Audio!


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  • 6 of 6 found this helpful.
    Spectacular!!! Especially with Apollo!!

    by C. J . 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! This is my new favorite tool! I put this across a whole mix on busses of synths, bass, drums and vocals and it just had such a tight analog API feel...unbelieveable! Especially when recording through it on Apollo combined with my custom tube mic pre and the mic pre emulation on here....amazing! The filters rock! They are super smooth. The comp I still have to get used to but it is rad how there is automatic makeup gain! Just gotta play with it more....bravo!

    Chris Jaiden


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  • 10 of 10 found this helpful.
    API is a must buy!

    by R. Sheridan . 5 out of 5 stars

    I'm new to the UAD plugins and just purchased an Apollo Quad. I thought i was onto a winner when i first ran my mixes through that. Then, the first plug-in i bought with my $100 voucher was the API Vision........ Unbelievable!!! The clarity and warmth just from the pre is astounding!!! The hi and lo filters are great. The gate is very, very impressive, 1176 style compression and a very musical eq to boot!. In short....... This will be my go to Channel strip from now on. Apart from my LA610mk11 of course ;)


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  • 4 of 4 found this helpful.
    Outstanding.

    by D. Monson . 5 out of 5 stars

    This rocks. One the best UAD plugs I've used. I have the entire library, and the API Vision Strip is rockin! Very musical. I was able to get a mix to come alive in no time using the Vision strip.


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  • 6 of 6 found this helpful.
    Great Sound In Minutes!

    by Q. Reed . 4 out of 5 stars

    I’ve had limited use of API hardware, but I am not disappointed with this plugin. In my opinion, the modules by themselves are less than stellar. When they are used collectively, as a channel strip, they deliver a very desirable sound. I’ve achieved pleasing results while using this plugin on drums, guitar, synths, and the stereo buss. Though, I have no problem assuming that this plugin would sound good on other sources. I hope to see more preamp modeling in the UAD format.


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API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In

API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In
$299.00
Average Rating [365 ratings]:
4.85 out of 5 stars