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

      P. Jacobsson

      April 14, 2021

      Amazing

      Sounds fantastic, depth and punch .

      R. Zaccour

      April 14, 2021

      API sound

      I am strongly impressed by how close the API vision channel strip is, I have a couple of 512c. Definetly the API sound signature.

      S. Alfarano

      April 13, 2021

      API Vision Channel Strip

      This one simply get your mix into another dimension !! Love the analog feeling it comes from !!

      P. Lange

      March 31, 2021

      API Vision Channel Strip

      Nice flexible CS with the API tonal coloring that bridges the gap between vintage and modern sounds.

      B. Rogers

      March 16, 2021

      Works like a charm

      I trialled all the channel strips available. Here and from other brands. This one stood out high above the others for drums and guitars. Stick it on the Unison input when recording guitars and it is ridiculous how much better they sound

      S. van Servellen

      March 8, 2021

      The Real Deal

      Annoyingly good plugin. Love it for drums especially, punchy, crispy, transparent and highly usable.

      R. Martin

      February 14, 2021

      My Go To

      Love this channel strip! I use it for vocals, guitar, and drums. It has everything to craft and polish my sound all in one plug in. I also think the auto make-up gain on the API is a winner!

      T. Lanese

      February 11, 2021

      Great sounding plugin

      A very effective plugin, in which you can find the true vibe of the API circuits! Top reference for guitars and drums.

      N. Rowland

      February 10, 2021

      One stop strip

      This plugin is pretty much everything you need. I use this on absolutely everything that I track. I’ve always been a bit uneasy about recording through with equalization or dynamics processing, but this changed that. Can be very transparent or slammed/crushed. Try it, get it.

      S. Marshall

      February 5, 2021

      Fantastic channel strip!!

      Api vision sounds great, and has so much packed in it, even running synths through it really does add something special to the sound, bigger bottom and a real punch that makes the sound come alive! It’s all great, but I want to specifically mention the hi-pass and Lo-pass filters. They sound so good and are the most musical sounding filters I’ve used, they just really help tame the lows and highs without sounding thin or dark. Love it! 5/5 stars, thanks UAD

      T. Gol

      January 24, 2021

      My favourite channel strip, because

      It has cool functions and great color. I’m using it for live streaming with dynamic mics, recording acoustic guitars and vocals too. I’m very happy with it.

      E. Anderson

      January 24, 2021

      API and drums!

      I bought this for tracking guitars. When I tried it on drums is where it shines the most. As always great stuff from UA plugins.

      W. Moore

      January 23, 2021

      Amazing Sounding Plugin, would love to use the modules separately

      Everything about this plugin sounds great, and offers a lot of functionality with all of the sections of the channel strip! My only wish is to someday UAD will offer a split of the plugin into each of its individual parts. Sometimes I only want to add the 550L EQ instead of the entire strip. Thanks for a great product!

      D. Rohde

      January 17, 2021

      Like the real Thing

      Great Sounding Channel Strip, superb Preamp working in Unison,
      really versatile Plug In

      K. Aji

      January 15, 2021

      a must have

      perfect for almost any source, especially drums, percussions, acoustic & electric guitar and other acousic stringed instruments

      D. Mojica

      January 15, 2021

      Big Difference

      great color to vocals, this one is a must to any producer’s or vocalist collection

      P. Haas

      January 14, 2021

      Distinctive, vigorous, good

      Great emulation of the famous mix console channel. Perfectly not only for drums and percussion.
      I would like a finer adjustment of the level of individual EQ filters (for example 1dB instead of 2dB jumps), but it would be no longer an emulation of the original, I know :-).
      I like this; great job.

      B. Spence

      January 13, 2021

      Closest I'll ever get to an API!

      Great plugin that, love eq and compressor.

      C. Coffie

      January 13, 2021

      API VISION CHANNEL STRIP

      Great plugin, the api vision channel strip enhanced my tracks that I use it on

      A. DeShawn

      January 12, 2021

      Great On Drums

      This is a must have for getting that hot drum sound not your mixes. Not bad on vocals too!