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Customer Reviews 31 Reviews

4.68 out of 5 stars

by C. Hoyer (7/10/2014):

This is one of my favorite plug-ins. The double tube emulation does wonders for weak or thin so ... Read more

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Overview

SPL® TwinTube Processor Plug-In
developed by SPL

Key Features

  • Authentic plug-in version of the world-class SPL TwinTube tube effects processor
  • Adds analog tube warmth, saturation and harmonic distortion to instruments and vocals
  • Boosts presence and spatial imaging without increasing overall dynamic range
  • Easy, intuitive interface and simple workflow
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by SPL
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Read full features & specs

SPL’s TwinTube is audio proof of the old adage “a little goes a long way.” Just a touch of TwinTube’s unique analog tube warmth can bring out the color and personality of a vocal or instrument, adding that essential “something” to a mix — without impacting its dynamic range. Today, SPL brings the distinctive features, sound, and character of the original hardware TwinTube to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

History
Musicians and recording professionals have long employed classic SPL TwinTube hardware for its ability to make vocals and instruments pop, emphasizing select harmonics to add presence and dimension without impacting dynamic range. One of the biggest and best-known fans of the TwinTube is multiple Oscar- and Grammy-Award winner Hans Zimmer (composer for soundtracks including Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, The Da Vinci Code, and The Dark Knight), who uses a huge rack of analog TwinTube hardware units to record orchestras. Today, for less than the price of a single hardware unit, this easy-to-use UAD plug-in version offers multiple instances, with seamless integration and dependable recall.

A Tale of Two Tubes
TwinTube expertly combines two essential tube effects, Saturation and Harmonics, in a single processor. As its name implies, it’s designed as two fully independent stages — which can be run together or separately — each providing its own unique character. The result is an exceptionally wide-ranging palette of sonic shaping, from smooth and creamy overdrive to deep, growling saturation, with a range of harmonic overtones to add warmth. It’s a sound that simply can’t be achieved using typical EQ.

Saturation
In the hardware version of TwinTube, saturation is created by pushing the tube beyond its normal limits. This causes a gradual building of harmonic distortion, accompanied by limiting that has been compared to analog tape distortion. It can be employed to subtly fatten sounds when applied sparingly, and to add warm overdrive coloration when cranked up.

Harmonics
The Harmonics section adds a special circuit for overtone processing that reacts dynamically to the incoming signal. Using the Harmonics control, you can adjust and enrich the overtone processing intensity across four frequency settings (2 kHz, 3 kHz, 6 kHz, and 10 kHz), as well as the overall effect. The result is an intensified presence that adds a sense of “air” and space to your sound — bringing a vocal or instrument forward in a mix.

In Use
In both tracking and mixdown, TwinTube can be used to work wonders on vocals, instruments, strings, woodwinds, and more. A small amount of tube saturation can increase apparent loudness and emphasize attack. And just a touch of harmonic distortion can help boost desired overtones, while adding air and imaging.

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Reviews

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  • Rich Crescenti

    (SonicScoop)

    "Navigating the Apollo is effortless and intuitive … In no time at all, I was using the Apollo as though I raised it.”

    Sam Inglis

    (Sound on Sound)

    “These are promising beginnings for the Unison technology … and the 610 emulations certainly demonstrate what preamp modeling is capable of.”

    Sam Inglis

    (Sound on Sound)

    “… I can’t argue with UA’s claim that this is currently the best-sounding desktop interface on the market.”

    Dana Gumbiner

    (Tape Op)

    “The Apollo Twin is a perfect little desktop interface well suited for home recording, critical listening, mixing, overdubs – you name it.”

    Hollin Jones

    (Music Tech)

    "A serious little box that punches above its weight and offers excellent recording and monitoring capabilities as well as access to UAD's plug-in universe."

  • Pro Tools Expert

    "If you are in the market for a new interface for your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac then you must check out the Apollo Twin, this is one of the easiest Editors Choice Awards I’ve ever had to give… it’s a bloody beautiful miracle!"

    Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music)

    "This is certainly the best-sounding of the interfaces this writer has reviewed around this price point...There's nothing not to love about this interface."

    Mitch Gallagher

    (Sweetwater Sound)

    "The Apollo Twin is a must-have in my opinion. It’s a great piece of gear."

    Matt Vanacoro

    (Ask Audio Magazine)

    "After spending a couple of days with the Twin, it has become apparent that Universal Audio has created a really high quality piece of gear that they care a lot about. Everything about the Twin feels, looks and sounds wonderful."

    Mick Guzauski

    (Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton)

    "[The Apollo] has probably some of the better preamps I've ever heard -- a lot of headroom and very quiet at high-gains. Also the converters; they're really just sweet sounding."

  • Andrew Scheps

    (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Duke Spirit)

    "Holy sh*t! The Apollo is a motherf***er!"

    Hugh Robjohns

    (Sound on Sound)

    “…The Apollo is a very attractive proposition with no direct competition. It was well worth the wait…”

    The Glitch Mob

    "The Apollo is arguably the best I/O we've ever used, and we've tried them all. It has an incredibly clean, transparent and accurate sound."

    Fab Dupont

    (Jennifer Lopez, Santigold, Mark Ronson)

    "I knew about the ingredients of Apollo, but this is truly a special dish. The Apollo just set a new standard of excellence for audio interfaces, in terms of both its sound and its feature set."

    Eli Janney

    (Jet, Ryan Adams, Wilco)

    "[The Apollo] is one of my favorite pieces of gear that's come out in the past few years really. Now you have, in this one unit, so many features that people normally would have to buy multiple units for."

  • Joey Waronker

    (Atoms for Peace, Beck, Other Lives)

    "The Apollo's ability to do low latency; I mean that's the whole ballgame right there."

    Neal Cappelino

    (Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, Joan Osborne)

    "The idea that I can bring [the Apollo] with me and always have reliable mix platform is important to me."

    Justin Niebank

    (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts)

    "The build on [the Apollo] construction-wise is unbelievable. It's head and shoulders above all the other interfaces that I've used in the price range, or even more expensive."

    Ariel Rechtshaid

    (Vampire Weekend, Usher, Plain White T's)

    "[The Apollo] allows me to record anywhere and get the funky analog sound that I love from traditional studios, in far less traditional locations."

    Michael Romanowski

    (Jacqui Naylor, Third Eye Blind, Pat Monohan)

    "I know that all the hardware, the mic pres, and the converters that back [the Apollo] up are top quality and I can count on the sound. I know what I'm getting and I can appreciate that a lot."

  • Buddy Miller

    (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, ABC's "Nashville")

    "[The Apollo] sounds great and the low latency is a big deal. I like being able to record through the UA plug-ins because they sound like the hardware.”

    Darwin Grosse

    (Recording Magazine)

    “I can’t imagine anyone not finding the Apollo a great upgrade to an existing system. It’s solid, flexible, and sounds great regardless of the source material….Universal Audio gets an “A” grade in my book, and the Apollo is an easy recommendation.”

    Pro Audio Review

    “Apollo is, by all accounts, elite analog hardware wrapped around UA’s beloved UAD Powered Plug-ins.”

    DJ Richard Devine

    “I am totally blown away by the Apollo. Its stunning sound quality and the way you can use the UAD plug-ins in real-time is pure genius. It’s going to be the centerpiece of my new studio.”

    Ronnie Vanucci

    The Killers

    "The UAD plug-ins allow us [The Killers] to get into the wheelhouse of the sounds of yesteryear. It's another instrument in the band these days."

  • Jim James

    My Morning Jacket

    "The UAD Powered Plug-ins collection is such a great tool kit. So many tools under one roof and all at your fingertips in a fraction of a second."

    Craig Anderton

    Electronic Musician

    "…With seriously excellent build quality and sound quality, and it’s no wonder that Apollo has gotten so much attention from the cognoscenti.”

    Gareth Jones

    (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Grizzly Bear)

    "Along with the Apollo Interface, the Sonnox Oxford EQ allows me to do valuable sound sculpting when tracking. Thanks for another great tool."

    Greg Walker

    Audio Technology Magazine

    “The Apollo is a great standalone recording solution that gets high marks for its preamps, converters and groundbreaking combination of input Console and UAD-2 plug-in software."

    Mark Cousins

    (Music Tech UK)

    “…The Apollo is easily the most inspiring audio interface we’ve ever used…”

  • Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans)

    “The UAD-2 is the 21st century musician's best friend."

    Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    "Knowing the abilities of the DSP and the incredible quality and tonality of the plug-ins, the UAD-2 has become such a first response tool in my everyday recording and mixing."

    Peter Kirn

    Create Digital Music

    "It’s difficult to describe UA’s plug-ins until you’ve tried them. It’s a bit like having chocolate sauce at your disposal, sonically speaking."

    Garrett Haines

    (Tape Op Magazine)

    "Universal Audio’s achievements in capturing the sonics of equalization, transformers, and control interaction need to be recognized. This goes beyond software models; they’re getting to the heart of the gear."

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "The family of effects that I have with my UAD-2 is incomparable with any other when it comes to working in the box yet having an 'out of boxy experience'."

  • Garrett "Jacknife" Lee

    (R.E.M., The Cars)

    "I @#$%ing love my UAD-2 card! Doing my first proper mix [The Cars] with it. Wow! How did i do without it?"

    Paul Moak

    (Third Day, Matthew Mayfield)

    "The flexibility is priceless and has won me over on UAD for life. Thanks for making a great product!"

    Jose Cancela & Amy Marie Beauchamp

    (HBO Sports, NFL, NBA)

    “The UAD-2 has time and time again given sterile samples warmth, depth and brilliance."

    Hank Shocklee

    (Public Enemy)

    “I like to use the UAD plug-ins to their extremes and push them to get the crazy sound I use to set my productions apart."

    Greg Parkin

    (Capitol Studios & Mastering)

    “It is fitting that UA continues to provide a platform for our engineers to innovate."

  • Jono Buchanan

    Future Music (UK)

    "The accuracy & quality of [UA's] recent additions [shows] their recreations of classic hardware are only improving."

    Ivan Barias

    (Keyshia Cole, 2Pac)

    "Before UAD life in the studio was like television before HD. Everything sounds incredibly detailed now."

    Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild)

    "UAD is my new secret weapon in the studio. I get everything to sound the way I always wanted, way before the mixing."

    John Paterno

    (Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt)

    "This [UAD-2] is a 'game changer' for me ... The sound, responsiveness, and detail [of the plug-ins] are great!"

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    (Lyle Lovett, Nirvana)

    "With the UAD-2, UA has provided something that I have been missing from my plugs for a long time: inspiration."

  • J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "I was never into mixing completely in the box until I started using UAD cards ... I'm loving it more and more."

    Jim Dalrymple

    (The Loop)

    "[I use] the Fairchild Compressor, Neve 1081, Neve 1073, LA-2A and the 1176 Compressor. They all give you something different."

    Eli Janney

    (Wilco, Wheat)

    "I’m heavily into the [UAD-2] cards. They just sound really, really good ... the new cards give you a lot of horsepower."

    Jim Dalrymple

    (Macworld)

    "While there are a lot of plug-in choices [on the market], I have found none better than Universal Audio."

    Vance Powell

    (The Raconteurs, Jars of Clay)

    "The UAD-2 is the first plug-in set that replaces gear I own, hardware-wise, and that's a big deal."

  • John Baccigaluppi

    (TapeOp Magazine)

    "[With the UAD-2] ... everything worked perfectly with the sonic quality we’ve come to expect from the UAD series."

    David Grissom

    (Mellencamp, Buddy Guy)

    "The UAD-2 plug-ins have become the backbone of my mixes ... I've been able to eliminate my console altogether."

    Rik Simpson

    (Coldplay)

    "The sound of the UAD software is the closest thing in analog modeling ... it actually sounds like the real gear."

    Gavin Monaghan

    (The Twang)

    "I'd never even think of tackling a session without UAD plug-ins."

    Ryan West

    (Kanye West, T.I., T-Pain)

    "I'm not sure what mathematical voodoo they do over there [at UA], but I like it and I won't mix without it."

  • Frank Filipetti

    (Carly Simon)

    "I go to my UAD plug-ins just as naturally as I do any hardware ... UAD is now an essential part of my mixing arsenal"

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    (James Taylor, Lyle Lovett)

    "The thing that I feel no one's really talking about is that this [the UAD-2] is a paradigm shift."

    Elliot Mazer

    (Neil Young)

    "I can mix anyplace with my UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop. I get to use the same UAD plug-ins on my portable that I use on my big MacPro."

    Ulrich Wild

    (Pantera)

    "The new UAD-2 cards are extremely powerful ... I completely abandoned analog gear for mixing and I rely heavily on this system"

    Frank Filipetti

    (Carly Simon, Korn)

    "I don't need anything else to mix with, other than the UAD plug-ins. Everything else I use is hardware."

  • Frank Filipetti

    (James Taylor, Rod Stewart)

    “I wish more companies paid attention to what you guys are doing at UA ... it's right on the money."

    Charlie Clouser

    (NIN, "Saw" Soundtracks)

    "The UAD-2 provides so much DSP that I can really lay the plug-ins on thick without giving it a second thought"

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    (Sting)

    "I use my UAD cards every time I mix ... the quality of the plug-ins make mixing 'in the box' not only easier, but really fun."

    Stuart Price

    (The Killers)

    "You judge [the UAD-2] by how many people you recommend it to, and everyone I have worked with has now gone and got one."

    Hank Shocklee

    (Public Enemy)

    "I can surely say that working with the UAD family of plug-ins has greatly increased the sound of my projects"

  • Mark Cousins

    (Music Tech UK)

    …A completely integrated solution for recording and mixing powered by some of the best plug-ins money can buy.”

    Paul Moak

    (Third Day, Matthew Mayfield)

    "As an analog junkie and an audiofile, this [UAD-2] is the best of both worlds for me."

    Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

    "So now I have my UAD on everything, and I'm using the EMT 140 and the EMT 250 as effects. It's so much easier."

    Neil Mclellan

    (TapeOp)

    "I've recommended the UAD platform to all of my friends, and once they heard it, there was no looking back."

    John Paterno

    (Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt)

    "The sound of these [UAD Powered Plug-Ins] will definitely change the way I approach mixing in the computer."

  • D. James Goodwin

    (The Bravery)

    "I decided to sell my hardware SPL TD4, and my vintage dbx 160 rack, because the UAD became my go-to choice. Bravo to UA"

    Ed MacFarlane

    (Friendly Fires)

    "[I use] the 6176 as my preamp & compressor, and I've been using the UAD plug-ins once the track's in the computer."

    Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "[Cooper Time Cube, EMT 250, or FATSO] ... for the real vintage character, I don't think UA have any rivals at the moment."

    D. James Goodwin

    (The Bravery)

    "UAD plug-ins are my new benchmark for how processors should sound, look, and function.”

    D. James Goodwin

    (The Bravery)

    "When I finally decided to try the UAD platform, I was immediately floored by the realism. These things sounded amazing."

  • Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "UA has given their UAD-2 platform extra appeal with yet more accurate recreations of classic studio hardware ..."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "Way to go, Universal Audio! Thanks for helping me achieve the sounds in the box that I really want to hear."

    JR Hutson

    (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild)

    "[Once] I got the UAD Powered Plug-Ins, I can get things so much closer to what they're supposed to sound like."

    Jim Dalrymple

    (The Loop)

    "I find that the UA plug-ins allow me to control that [dynamic] range of frequencies better than anything else."

    Roy Davis Jr.

    "A mix is not complete without UAD Powered Plug-Ins on it!!!"

  • Frederick Norén

    (Sound on Sound)

    "[For DSP-based systems]...the UAD2 platform is a good alternative, with great-sounding, humanely priced plug-ins."

    Justin Niebank

    (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts)

    “[W]hen you came out with the UAD-2, I jumped on that, even before the software came out. I adore it.”

    Eli Crews

    (Electronic Musician)

    "With the UAD-2, Universal Audio has made one of the most attractive plug-in families even harder to live without."

    Cian Ciaran

    (Super Furry Animals)

    "[With the UAD-2] It's like having the right tools to do the right job ... Because you know all the gear's quality."

    Jason Blum

    (Remix Magazine)

    "The only thing better than UAD plug-ins is more of them."

  • Craig Anderton

    (EQ Magazine)

    "The UAD concept [is] the 21st century equivalent of a rack of special-purpose processors ... maybe even an entire mixer."

    Mike Senior

    (Sound on Sound)

    "Universal Audio are a force to be reckoned with in terms of the quality of their audio processing"

    Craig Anderton

    (Keyboard)

    "The UAD-2 is much more powerful than the original ... the UAD concept is no longer to just replace a few cool pieces of gear"

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "The UAD-2 ... is a huge improvement over everything that made the UAD-1 the leader in its class."

    Mike Senior

    (Sound On Sound)

    "UAD-2 is an enormous leap forward from the UAD-1"

  • Rob James

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "[UAD Powered Plug-Ins] have more character than many native or TDM plug-ins, while being a great deal more affordable."

    Craig Anderton

    (EQ Magazine)

    "It's the strikingly realistic, and musical, emulations of vintage (and not so vintage) gear [that hooks people on the UAD-2]."

    Barry Rudolph

    (Mix Magazine)

    "The UAD-2 breaks all the UAD-1's limitations ... it's a dream come true for all DAW users.”

    Future Publishing

    (MusicRadar.com)

    "Offering several times the power of the UAD-1, this powered plug-in system is very impressive."

    Andy Hong

    (TapeOp)

    "I'd have to say that the UAD plug-ins blow similar TDM plug-ins out of the water"

  • Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music UK)

    "It's now possible to turn your DAW into a full Neve console, for a fraction of the cost of a real desk."

    David Riggs

    "There is a God and he uses the UAD plugins. The best set of plug-ins anywhere. Period."

    Mike Senior

    (Sound on Sound)

    "The UAD-2 gives access to some of the best-sounding analogue emulation plug-ins available ... a mouth-watering prospect."

    Matt Boudreau

    (Keith Urban)

    "The bottom line is, it's got so much more power ... it allowed me to use whatever plug-in I wanted, whenever I wanted"

    Carmen Rizzo

    "I make a living with the UA plug-ins, because I use them every single day on every session."

  • Geoff Sanoff

    (Pro Sound News)

    "I keep saying to people that plug-ins are only going to get better, and UAD keeps proving me right."

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "With the UAD-2 , you put it on and it sounds like a Fairchild. It makes it so much easier to get what you're looking for."

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    Awesome character
    by C. Hoyer (Thursday 10 July, 2014)

    This is one of my favorite plug-ins. The double tube emulation does wonders for weak or thin sounds. A great use for this one is to beef up VSTi synth leads that need a bit of body, and to remove that "digital" sound in the top end by giving it a bit of saturation and moving the focal point down out … Read More

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    The handy magic touch
    by K. Wayte (Saturday 21 June, 2014)

    I picked up this plugin with the intention of using it for that "magic touch" of tube sound when I wanted it. Sure, you can try to use some of the old preamp plugins to attempt this, but I found them too subtle in the cases where I wanted that real fine rasp and those airy harmonics to be more obvio … Read More

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    Greatness!
    by T. COLONTONIO (Friday 29 November, 2013)

    This unit does a fantastic job of making things pop out of your mix... love using it on vocals! … Read More

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    Makes The Average Special!
    by T. Crystal Method (Monday 3 June, 2013)

    A few ago, we had a chance to hear the hardware version add character and life to a vocal take. We couldn't wait to check out UA's version. It actually gave us goose bumps. The SPL TT made everything (piano, guitar, hats, vocals) sound so sweet. A very natural harmonic presence is infused with the o … Read More

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    Very useful
    by R. Kulikov (Saturday 1 June, 2013)

    I think its power is in subtle usage..i am currently working on a project it really helped to imporove the bass line to cut even better through the mix..just a little touch as if there is nothing..but when you bypass it, you realize you need it! … Read More

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Features & Specs

Features

  • Authentic plug-in version of the world-class SPL TwinTube tube effects processor
  • Adds analog tube warmth, saturation and harmonic distortion to instruments and vocals
  • Boosts presence and spatial imaging without increasing overall dynamic range
  • Easy, intuitive interface and simple workflow
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by SPL
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameter Specifications

  • Preset: discrete 4 step, A / B / C / D (user presets)
  • Harmonics On: discrete 2 step, On / Off (enable / disable Harmonics section)
  • Saturation On: discrete 2 step, On / Off (enable / disable Saturation section)
  • Harmonics Frequency: discrete 4 step, 10 kHz / 6 kHz / 3 kHz / 2 kHz
  • Harmonics: continuous 0 – 20 (0 – 100 %)
  • Saturation: continuous 0 – 20 (0 – 100 %)
  • Output: -10 dB - +12 dB
  • Bypass / Power (on/off)
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Docs

SPL® TwinTube Plug-In Manual

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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