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API® Vision Channel Strip

API® Vision Channel Strip

Unison Enabled

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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

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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.

 

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      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

      C. DaPonte

      November 15, 2019

      Swiss Army Sword

      Fantastic tool for bringing out the best in each track. Sounds punchy and present.

      A. Bennett

      November 13, 2019

      Classic!

      Exactly what you would expect. Very satisfied!

      R. Dowd

      November 6, 2019

      My go to... everything!

      I was not expecting to find every element of this channel strip to be so usable! One of UA’s best!

      R. Dowd

      November 6, 2019

      My go to... everything!

      I was not expecting to find every element of this channel strip to be so usable! One of UA’s best!

      A. de David-Beauregard

      November 4, 2019

      Tone ChannelStrip

      It's extremely easy to use, has character and sounds really good! (God bless that auto-gain compressor)

      G. Schwab

      October 31, 2019

      Very well done!

      Very close to the real API sound. Even if he came less close to the original: it is only ever the result that you achieve with the tool and this is excellent

      G. Salvenmoser

      October 20, 2019

      Top!

      Top!

      J. Baraness

      October 18, 2019

      Great modern sound

      Go to preamp for a modern American sound. From guitars to drums, the gate/expander section works magic and the EQ brings the API sound you might be familiar with to the digital realm. Push the pre hard for some colour and you're good to go. Great plug-in.

      D. Howard

      October 17, 2019

      Great plug in

      One of the best plugins to have

      D. Howard

      October 17, 2019

      Great

      Great

      R. Horvath

      October 17, 2019

      Geiler Channel strip

      Absolut super klang und punch, hab mich doch entschieden mit UAD Plugins zu arbeiten da die Qualität einfach Top ist .!!!

      F. Gasser

      October 15, 2019

      Perfect for tracking

      It's just an overall very good channel strip. I can't compare it to a hardware console. Working with the plugin is quite easy and it really gives a huge warmth to my drums. Afterwords mixing is already done! :-)

      C. Jaeggi

      October 14, 2019

      THEE GATE/EXPANDER!

      Yup, let alone the EQ, the whole thing's got that "plastic" smooth sound, like the right DBX 160 A compressor has (used to maybe?). It sounds like tape to me : ) I live, basically ON the busiest roads ever, trucks, military ones too, constant cars, buses etc. With this expander I can record vocals with the dang window open! How is this even possible?? Arrow, API Vision on the insert (not unison), LA2A after that, SM 58, boost the 20 Khz with 6 db. And it sounds like oldschool Neumann to me. This is insane. My troubles are over, because I paid up a little more and went with UA. That's why ; )

      P. Cool

      October 14, 2019

      Most fun channel strip

      I think this is the most fun channel strip plugin UAD offers. I've never worked on a hardware Vision so I can't compare the sound or vibe, but I love tweaking on this plugin. And something about the layout attracts me like no other lover. Or SSL channel strip. It is quite useful as a Unison plugin, and it's my choice on my Apollo when I'm not using the UAD Helios. You can see my tests and analysis of it at https://penny.cool/2019/05/21/uad-api-vision/

      A. Kolomvatsos

      October 14, 2019

      Perfect for great rock drum sound!

      Nothing much to say, I love it with plenty of tools in just one channel strip to treat your drums and many more!!!

      R. Bjurstrom

      October 7, 2019

      Smooth and easy to use

      Had never owned a API plugin, but I kept hearing about how great the channel strip was. So I got the demo and was really impressed by it. The upper frequencies shine without being harsh. Overall the workflow of the plugin makes it really easy to use. I like the SSL and Neve plugins but I must say the layout of the API is far superior. I've really enjoyed using it.

      P. Eppingen

      September 26, 2019

      Versatile & bright!

      The API Vision channel-strip is a very versatile, bright and somehow colorful sounding plugin. I use it to track and mix nearly any source from vocals to drums, to guitars, and also to spice up synth sounds.
      My favorite parts are the preamp, very "musical" filters and the compression unit.

      If only the EQ would be switchable (550 - 560), and also an output fader like the newer UA channel-strip-emulations provide would be great especially for mixing and automation.

      M. Leto

      September 14, 2019

      Amazing

      Absolutely terrific

      B. Yatron

      September 10, 2019

      API Vision Channel Strip

      Sounds great on anything and doesn't fall apart at extreme settings. Especially love it on vocals and drums.

      B. Edwards

      September 2, 2019

      Excellent and useful channel strip

      This is a great plugin for tracking. I find the EQs a little harsh for vocals (though perhaps that'll be useful when working on snares and distorted guitars) but everything else is extremely usable and flexible.

      The preamp is really nice - clear and bold at lower levels, really abrasive (in a good way!) at the upper end. The expander/gate is excellent, as are the filters and compression.

      I find using API for subtractive EQing then the Pultec EQs after for additive works really well.