Press Release

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • May 5, 2011 —Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio hardware and award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins for Mac and PC, has released new UAD Software v5.9. Along with new features for the UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerator, v5.9 includes the highly anticipated Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb plug-in for the UAD-2 platform.

From the moment it was unleashed on the audio industry in 1978, the original Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb — with its tactile, slider-based controller and famously lush reverb tail — almost single-handedly defined the sound of an entire era, and remains one of the most popular and influential digital reverb units of all time.

The result of UA’s acclaimed modeling expertise, the Lexicon 224 plug-in for UAD-2 precisely captures all eight reverb programs available in original 224 firmware version 4.4, including every tunable parameter, with unique fader-style controls — inviting easy experimentation and sonic exploration. In UA’s exhaustive modeling tradition, the Lexicon 224 emulation also incorporates the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters — nailing the entire signal path right down to the last detail.

Additionally, the Lexicon 224 emulation for UAD-2 features direct input and presets from famous Lexicon 224 users, including Chuck Zwicky (Prince, Jeff Beck), Eli Janney (Jet, Ryan Adams), David Isaac (Eric Clapton, Luther Vandross), E.T. Thorngren (Talking Heads, Bob Marley), and Kevin Killen (U2, Peter Gabriel).

Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in features:

  • Lexicon-endorsed model of legendary 1978 hardware, using the very same algorithms from the original hardware
  • Models the entire analog circuit and digital path for total authenticity
  • Eight reverb programs and one chorus program from final Lexicon v.4.4 firmware
  • Features artist presets from famous Lexicon 224 users

Now available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in is available for $349US.

In addition to the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb plug-in, v5.9 features improvements for the UAD-2 Satellite Firewire DSP Accelerators, including support for Avid/Digidesign 002 and 003, support for connecting up to two UAD-2 Satellites on qualified Intel-based iMac®, MacBook Pro®, or Mac mini® computers, lowered latency specs, and other enhancements for optimized performance.

Learn more about the award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform here:
http://www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html

Download UAD Software v5.9 here:
http://www.uaudio.com/support/uad/downloads.html

Download high-resolution images of the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb here:
http://www.uaudio.com/media/press/releases/ua_lexicon_224_hq.jpg

View the video of the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb here:
http://www.uaudio.com/store/reverbs/lexicon-224.html#p=lexicon224trailer

About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr. and based in Scotts Valley, California, Universal Audio is best known for its vintage analog reproductions and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology, including the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform. The company is focused on merging the best of classic analog and modern digital technology. UA is devoted to this endeavor, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.” www.uaudio.com.

About Harman
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations, and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.2 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2010. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

All visual and aural references to Lexicon products and use of Lexicon trademarks are made with written permission from Harman International Industries, Inc.