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Capture "first take" magic with easy-to-use preamp, EQ, and compression.

With a vintage-inspired tube mic preamp, transparent dynamics control, and intuitively voiced EQ, the Century Tube Preamp plug‑in lets you stay in the creative zone while you record and mix, helping you capture inspiration with stunning results.

Included Versions

UAD Native
Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.

Apollo Realtime & UAD‑2
Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware.

UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11. Go to our UA Support page for system requirements.

  • Enhance and simplify your recording workflow with a first-pass tool designed for tracking vocals, guitars, synths and more
  • Stay in the creative zone and confidently record performances with a broad stroke, "do‑no‑harm," tube channel strip
  • Easily flatter your tracks with a vintage-style tube mic preamp, simple three-band EQ, and optical compressor
  • Control Apollo interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in via Unison™ technology

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The Perfect Tube Mic Pre for your Vocals

The Perfect Tube Mic Pre for your Vocals

The Century Tube Channel Strip's mic preamp will give your vocals the warmth and detail that only a tube mic pre can provide. The stunning range of tones, from subtle to saturated, will coax inspiring performances no matter the genre. Use the Low/High gain switch to match the Century's Tube Preamp to your microphone, with the Low setting complementing more modern condensers, while the High position excels with dynamic and ribbon microphones.

Unison Technology for Apollo

Unison Technology for Apollo

Century Tube Channel Strip blurs the lines between analog and digital, giving you all of the important impedance, gain staging “sweet spots,” and circuit behaviors of a vintage tube preamp, thanks to UA's groundbreaking Unison technology. The secret is Unison’s bi‑directional control and communication from the Century Tube Channel Strip plug‑in to the digitally controlled mic preamps in Apollo.

Easy EQ Seasoning for Vocals, Guitar, and More

Easy EQ Seasoning for Vocals, Guitar, and More

With its intuitive, musically voiced, three-band EQ, the Century Tube Channel Strip is perfect for quickly bringing out the details in a breathy vocal, adding some punch to an overdriven electric guitar, or giving an acoustic rhythm guitar propulsive sizzle and shine.

Get Optimal Compression Quickly

Get Optimal Compression Quickly

Featuring a classic optical leveler, the Century Tube Channel Strip’s dynamics section takes the guesswork out of compression settings with a single knob. Quickly tame a dynamic vocal or bass performance, and add energy and harmonics to acoustic guitars or piano — all with a twist of a knob. The Century’s leveler can also compress as effect, adding grit and texture to keys and soft synths with character and vibe to spare.

Add Character and Color to your Mixes

Add Character and Color to your Mixes

Of course, the Century Tube Channel Strip plug‑in isn’t just for realtime recording with Apollo. You can also run it natively in your DAW and give your vocals, guitars, and synths, vintage‑inspired tone and character, without ever leaving the box.

UAD Quick Tips
UAD Quick Tips

UAD Quick Tips

Learn how to quickly turn your recordings into album-ready tracks with Century Tube Channel Strip.

Key Features

Vintage-inspired channel strip made for UA Audio Interface tracking, always easy to dial and musically flattering

Console-inspired tube preamp with bold and musical hardware sound

Three-band EQ with simple high and low shelf tone control and sweepable midrange

Performance-inspiring single knob optical dynamics control with firm yet transparent response

Physical input impedance and front panel control of gain staging and other preamp parameters with Unison Mic Preamp Technology

Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator or UA Audio Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Century Tube Channel Strip

Overall Rating


f. fallahi

August 29, 2023

Fast, useful, great, album ready

you can use it on everything and it wont let you down

C. Heschl

August 24, 2023

OMG Awesome!!

Analog goodness! A far step into sweet plugin goodness! Such a GREAT sounding plug.

O. Kudin

July 29, 2023

I personally did not like(

The preamp is good, everything else is not so good.
I don't understand why this plugin is being praised.
The optical compressor is very bad, ruins the sound a lot and sounds like LMC from SSL.
The equalizer section is the most ordinary and there is no surprising sound there.

D. Roseborough

July 20, 2023

The acronym UAD should stand for Ultra Audio Design Century Tube Channel strip

I was a little skeptical at first especially trying UAD plugins for the very first time. I was looking for an easy to use very intuitive channel strip and stumbled across this thing and haven't looked back. At the time I couldn't afford any outboard gear to track through then seen a video on how this thing works and I was sold on how this plugin really does great on emulation. Not only is it easy to dial in what you need but it sounds freakin awesome! also I'm a firm believer not to over pay for plugins and then have to deal with buyers remorse. I'm going to say it the plugins are to damn expensive. so I'm playing the waiting game to see if they'll come down in price again. I also like that you can check the plugin out in trial mode without any stupid watermarks and what have you. Anyway thanks UAD for making a great product.

j. lane

July 17, 2023

Love it!

I’ve been using this channel strip on everything lately.

g. parenti

July 15, 2023


Muy bueno, me encanta la saturación del pre y su calidez!

I. Finney

July 15, 2023

Instant Gratification

If you need to track a source via a tube preamp with all the options you need, this does the job perfectly.

M. Spicewicz

July 14, 2023

Good purchase

Its very simple and very musical, money well spent :)

A. Lee

July 10, 2023


Great mid range warmth, lots of uses

A. Legner

July 9, 2023

Für jeden Kanal geeignet

Sehr gute Presets

M. Oehmke

July 8, 2023

Century Tube

Exceptional plug-in by UA

O. Cuellar

July 8, 2023

Best channel strip

it lets my creativity flow, it is very easy to use,


July 2, 2023

Not impressed

At the moment i've tryed it few times but i never was really impressed.
Maybe i'll be back to change this comment.

O. Okoke

July 2, 2023

Beautiful Tube Sound

You can’t go wrong with this one!
Give’s you THAT Tubey sound with the help of beautiful EQ

D. Groulx

June 26, 2023

Nice smooth CS!

Does exactly what you need it to do.

D. Hogan

June 21, 2023

This is cool

This is cool

V. Anselmo

June 20, 2023

Awesome Channel Strip !

Super easy to get a great sound

d. neill

June 13, 2023

Great Channel Strip!

Really nice channel strip, easy to use & can achieve lots of different tones really easily.

C. Domenico

June 13, 2023

Century Tube Channel Strip

ingenious channel strip sounds very good, easy to use and versatile ... more of this please.

M. van Dongen

June 10, 2023

What a great sound from the tubes

I really love this channel strip. Don't let it fool you by the limited controls, it has a very good sound and very easy to dial in compressor.