API® Vision Channel Strip

API® Vision Channel Strip

Unison Enabled

Regular Price: $299.00


You'll Save 50%

You have no items in your shopping cart.

Regular Price: $299.00


You'll Save 50%

You have no items in your shopping cart.

The classic color of API’s flagship analog console, featuring Unison technology.

A longtime leader in analog console design, API desks have shaped hits from the Foo Fighters to Fleetwood Mac’s classic, Rumours. Introduced in 2003, API’s flagship Vision Console was crafted to uphold the company’s soulful sonic tradition while providing flexibility and features for modern workflows.

For the first time, you can have a complete channel strip of classic API punch, presence, and color with the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in — exclusively for UAD-2 and Apollo.

Now You Can:

Track and mix through a stunning emulation of API’s flagship analog console

Warm up signals through the API 212L preamp with famed 2520 API op-amp

Reshape envelopes and create dramatic dynamic effects with the 235L Gate/Expander

Tame transients and craft wild new textures with API’s legendary 225L compression circuit

Control Apollo interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the Vision plug-in with Unison™ technology

Mix with artist presets from Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, David Isaac, and more

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
5-Minute UAD Tips
5-Minute UAD Tips

5-Minute UAD Tips

Featuring the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in

UA’s Most Colorful Channel Strip Plug-In

UA’s Most Colorful Channel Strip Plug-In

Comprised of five classic API modules, the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in transforms your DAW into a high-end analog mixing desk, injecting your tracks with the sonic color and personality that has made API legendary. Take a quick tour of the five modules below.

Unison Technology for Apollo

Unison Technology for Apollo

Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in gives you all of the API Vision’s important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and circuit behaviors that have made its 212L preamp one of the most detailed and punchy preamps ever devised. The secret is Unison’s bi-directional control and communication from the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in to the physical mic preamps in Apollo.

Run Signals through the 212L Preamp

Run Signals through the 212L Preamp

Widely praised for its detail and warmth, the 212L Preamp finds its roots in the legendary API 2488 console — best known for the famed “LA sound” of the ’70s and ’80s. UA’s API Vision plug-in expertly models this preamp, right down to its custom 2520 API op-amp and transformers, giving you the unmistakable tone of its esteemed hardware counterpart.

Sculpt Your Sounds with the 550L EQ

Sculpt Your Sounds with the 550L EQ

An evolution of the iconic API 550A, the 550L EQ offers vintage flavor and modern tone shaping via an additional filter band and several new frequencies. API's “Proportional Q” circuitry widens the filter bandwidth at minimal settings, and narrows it at higher settings, resulting in a simple EQ that sounds musical — even when cranked.

Tame Dynamics with the 225L Compressor

Tame Dynamics with the 225L Compressor

A versatile compressor brimming with character, the 225L thrives on any instrument, in any genre — from a single track to an entire mix. With selectable “New” and “Old” functions, you’re afforded two delicious brands of compression, from mild to severe.

Explore the Creative Possibilities of the 235L Gate/Expander

Explore the Creative Possibilities of the 235L Gate/Expander

One of the most expressive gates ever devised, the 235L Noise Gate/Expander is possibly the fastest noise gate available — anywhere. The 235L serves a creative function as well, letting you shape a kick drum’s attack and contour in a host of ways, ranging from subtle and sublime to sick and stuttered.

Make Broad-Stroke Cuts with the 215L Filters

Make Broad-Stroke Cuts with the 215L Filters

A passive, sweepable filter, ideal for broad stroke EQ sculpting, the 215L Cut Filters are powerful tools designed to expertly craft your source material, while preserving its original tone.


Watch The Reviews

      Key Features

      Faithful channel strip emulation from API's flagship Vision analog console
      Comprised of five distinct modules: 212L Mic Preamp, 215L High/Low Cut Filters, 235L Gate/Expander, 225L Compressor/Limiter, and 550L 4-Band Equalizer
      Models custom 2520 API op-amp and transformers with circuit nonlinearities
      Allows recording in real time via Apollo interface (sub-2 ms latency) and/or mixing workflows via UAD-2 hardware
      Physical 1.5k Ω analog input impedance of API 212L with Unison Mic Preamp Technology
      Tactile control of Gain staging and common preamp parameters with Unison Mic Preamp Technology
      Offers more than 70 artist presets from Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, David Isaac, Nathaniel Kunkel and John Paterno
      Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

      Customer Reviews

      API Vision Channel Strip

      Overall Rating

      S. Sigler

      October 7, 2020

      Solid for audiobook recording

      I'm in no way an expert engineer. I do audiobooks, streaming and podcasts, mostly. The API Vision let me use one Unison plugin to get good compression, a very good noise gate, and solid EQ. The net return on DSP usage is great. For audiobooks, I can use this alone if I want to.

      J. Prantl

      October 4, 2020

      Great, but hungry channelstrip

      The sound and layout of this channelstrip is very good. I think the saturation is very close the API pre's and EQ's I have. It is quite resource hungry though. Not a strip you would load on every channel in a big session.

      A. Brown

      September 29, 2020

      My Favourite API

      I have Found the API Vision Channel Strip to be my Favourite So far . Im new in the recording studio World and was very Lucky to find Universal Audio .. I believe in the Highest Quality ,so its a no brainer to be With UAD . and I sleep great at night knowing all my recording Sessions are Perfect . One day I will own 100% UAD Plugins

      Y. Lu

      September 20, 2020

      Great on vocals and drums

      Have only begun to scratch the surface on this. Super easy to dial up a great vocal sound though and very effective as a buss processor on drum kit.

      M. Malinski

      August 24, 2020

      Great API sound

      Great for tracking.
      I use it all the time on drums

      M. Greiling

      August 19, 2020

      My new Drumstrip

      Put it on every Live-drum-channel. Magic happens to my ears!!!!

      F. St-Gelais

      August 19, 2020

      Another killer tool

      Absolutely love it! Super flexible and easy to use, with just the right amount of signature API vibe, punch and character.

      D. Adlington

      July 26, 2020

      My favourite Channel Strip for guitar music

      When I found out Universal Audio had a API Channel Strip I couldn't wait to try it out and I wasn't disappointed. Some of the projects I mix are Guitar based music. I love the punch and bottom end from the API Channel Strip and I look forward to working on many more projects using this excellent Plugin. Works excellent on Drums, Bass and Guitars. Love It!

      B. Warsaw

      July 16, 2020


      I absolutely love using this plugin when tracking and often use it when mixing to get extra bite and size out of guitars and basses. Wonderful job, UAD!

      J. Rochet

      July 4, 2020

      Jack of all trades channel strip

      Has it all, comp, gate, eq, gain stage. Powerfull strip.

      C. Gabbianelli

      July 1, 2020

      Corrupts Delay Compensation in PT

      Consistently corrupts the delay compensation in my PT sessions . Pretty disappointed in UAD's lack of resolution to this problem after all of the money I've invested into using their hardware and software.

      UAD User

      June 30, 2020

      Great plugin

      It really adds a unique quality to your tracks, especially when in the unison slot.

      L. Morgan

      June 30, 2020

      love this plugin

      amazing plugin, brilliant EQ sound, great filter

      A. Belville

      June 26, 2020

      Favorite Channel Strip for Guitar

      I am amazed at the quality of sound and attention to detail that the API Vision displays. The sound quality is definitely much better than other iterations of the plug in from other companies.
      I use it on all my electric guitars and bases in the BUS.
      It is for a must have.

      R. Hutcheson

      June 24, 2020

      Track guitars with this

      I cant get past using this when tracking guitars. I reach for the e channel or the neve, but it just doesnt quite do what the API can with fast transients.

      UAD User

      June 21, 2020

      the best for acoustic

      I use the 1084 as a pre to record and mix if Api CS always. Simply the best!!!

      D. Roesberg

      June 20, 2020

      Perfect for recording drums

      The API Channel Strip has everything I need for Drum Recordings. The sound is very nice.

      S. Parikh

      June 18, 2020

      API Vision Channel Strip

      Nice Plugin for voiceover

      h. thiono

      June 18, 2020

      Irreplaceable, must have..

      Love this so much..
      Almost use it in every part of the mix, great unison preamp for tracking as well.
      Will not trade this for other channel strip.
      Function as swiss army knive.. All in one!
      I choose API vision over SSL4000 because of strong API character in preamp, compressor and EQ.
      Great job UAD!

      T. Rice

      June 12, 2020

      Probably my most used UAD plugin

      the thing sounds great, the EQ is amazing, the compression can be really subtle or really not subtle. The breakup on the preamp can get a bit out of hand, but shines really nicely in it's sweet spot on everything. It sounds awesome on everything.