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Unison Enabled

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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

4.8/5
(216)

D. Black

June 17, 2024

Century channel strip

It's got a decent tube preamp sound, additional compression and EQ sections. Can be turned up to distorted sounds if preferred

P. Mello

June 17, 2024

Simple and crystal clear!

Like everything Universal Audio does, this plugin is also awesome, simple and crystal clear, it delivers fantastic results, all you need is a good instrument, excellent performance and a set of honest microphones that are not necessarily the most expensive. I never stop being surprised with each new acquisition with UAD.
Paulo Bourg
Brazilian Conductor

V. Tretiakov

June 5, 2024

Super mix ready sounding plugin!

It's great sounding channel strip and very easy for tracking vocals, acoustic guitar and for post mixing. I often use this plugin if I not have much time for work but I need a great result.

D. Gill

May 22, 2024

Excellent for a vocal chain

Great for recording a vocal using the preamp with a touch of compression and EQ.

J. Ross

May 17, 2024

Recording Godsend

I just bought this last week on sale and I’m wearing it out already. I use it more for recording than mixing because the DSP is reasonable and I can get basic EQ, saturation and compression color going into Unison so that, during mixing, the “fancy” inserts don’t have to do the heavy lifting and can be utilized for flavor. The plug-in has a warm, tube-like sound and it’s super easy to use. Highly recommended! .

J. Ross

May 17, 2024

Recording Godsend

I just bought this last week on sale and I’m wearing it out already. I use it more for recording than mixing because the DSP is reasonable and I can get basic EQ, saturation and compression color going into Unison so that, during mixing, the “fancy” inserts don’t have to do the heavy lifting and can be utilized for flavor. The plug-in has a warm, tube-like sound and it’s super easy to use. Highly recommended! .

P. Bonifazi

April 22, 2024

Suena con calidad apenas se insterta


Este Pre suena igual al hardware, es ideal para voces, guitarras acústicas.
Pude comparar el físico que lo tiene un amigo y este plugin suena igual.
Felicitaciones Universal Audio .
No llega a las 5 estrellas porque se tendrían que haber esmerado mas en la imagen del plugin.

m. otonbaev

February 25, 2024

Century Tube Channel Strip

Super plugins

V. Silva

January 26, 2024

Perfeito!

Muito bom . Uso em praticamente tudo : guitarra , voz, vocal, violão ... Perfeito !!!!

V. Silva

January 26, 2024

Perfeito!

Muito bom . Uso em praticamente tudo : guitarra , voz, vocal, violão ... Perfeito !!!!

A. Ogarev

January 17, 2024

Century Tube Channel Strip

super++

D. Nacrur

January 13, 2024

easy to use, limited features and reasonable sound

Century is one of those plugins that UAD created based on the knowledge acquired from modeling classic tube preamps. It is not based on a particular model. The idea is interesting. The result is satisfactory but not one of my favorites. It is interesting because it uses relatively little dsp and in addition to emulating the sound of a tube pre, it also has a compressor and equalizer (although very limited). Don't think about doing heavy compression. Only moderate adjustment provides a reasonable result. The equalizer, also used sparingly, offers additional color. In any case, adjusting these parameters moderately, in addition to the pre emulation, will undoubtedly obtain a better sound than the native Apollo pre. I recommend it for those who have little DSP and/or those who are just starting out, due to its ease of use. However, for those looking for a great pre-tube modeled tone, there are better options. One last observation: the output volume is low, even when properly adjusting the signal. This is a project problem, which UAD can easily resolve, and make the updated and corrected plugin available to users.





Century is one of those plugins that UAD created based on the knowledge acquired from modeling classic tube preamps. It is not based on a particular model. The idea is interesting. The result is satisfactory but not one of my favorites. It is interesting because it uses relatively little dsp and in addition to emulating the sound of a tube pre, it also has a compressor and equalizer (although very limited). Don't think about doing heavy compression. Only moderate adjustment provides a reasonable result. The equalizer, also used sparingly, offers additional color. In any case, adjusting these parameters moderately, in addition to the pre emulation, will undoubtedly obtain a better sound than the native Apollo pre. I recommend it for those who have little DSP and/or those who are just starting out, due to its ease of use. However, for those looking for a great pre-tube modeled tone, there are better options. One last observation: the output volume is low, even when properly adjusting the signal. This is a project problem, which UAD can easily resolve, and make the updated and corrected plugin available to users.



m. candotti

December 22, 2023

anima analogica

da la sensazione di operare in regime analogico, è molto facile da usare e da risultati tridimensionali di una bellezza unica.

A. Frusto

December 11, 2023

Preamp is the deal here

Preamp is really good, so good that my 4 stars goes all by that way because personally never use the rest of the chain, the compressor is not so good if you're expeting that and kinda same for the eq. All the energy here is at the pre.

E. Cutillas

November 27, 2023

Tasteful strip

Punchy and tasty on drums, for electronic music genre

J. SANMARTI

October 30, 2023

Great!

Simply the best channel strip I have ever had!

A. Rosell

October 20, 2023

One of the coolest and hot tube channel strip

If you want an easy to use channel strip with a lot of tube sound this is the one you should get. Works on most tracks, especially bass and vocals!

J. Frýbert

October 17, 2023

Amazing

My favorite channel strip, I use it on all sources and it has never let me down.

K. Lambert

October 15, 2023

Creamy Silk!

Very nice sound! Only reason not 5 stars because it can be a bit too much silkyness

K. Lambert

October 15, 2023

Creamy Silk!

Very nice sound! Only reason not 5 stars because it can be a bit too much silkyness