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Three legendary distortion pedals for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces.

Delivering powerfully authentic overdrive, distortion, and fuzz, the Distortion Essentials Bundle for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces expertly models three vintage grind machines. Each of these classic emulations features Universal Audio’s Unison technology, giving you the individual touch, tone, and feel of these prized stompboxes.

Track in real time through faithful emulations of three legendary distortion pedals with Apollo audio interfaces

Dial-in subtle grind or thick, saturated tones with the same pedals used by Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Add interesting overdriven textures to guitars, synths, drums, and vocals at mixdown with any UAD-2 hardware

Get the same tone, touch, and feel of the original stompboxes thanks to Unison technology for Apollo interface

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Included Plug-Ins

TS Overdrive

TS Overdrive

Released in late 1979, the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808* overdrive pedal quickly became legend for its dynamic, touch-sensitive distortion, and throaty midrange. A mainstay on the pedalboards of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, Brad Paisley, and more, the TS808 holds a hallowed place in guitar lore. The TS Overdrive for UAD-2 and Apollo nails every detail of this vintage grind machine, allowing guitarists of all styles a vast array of sounds at tracking or mixdown.

Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle

When it comes to unmistakable, classic fuzz/distortion, the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff reins supreme. Vintage Big Muffs are prized for powerfully fat sustain, aggressive attack, and an over-the-top sonic personality. Inspired by the hallowed early-’70’s “triangle” version of the Big Muff, the Bermuda Triangle plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces delivers the same bad-ass attitude and fiendish fuzz that has graced classic records from Pink Floyd to the White Stripes.

Raw Distortion

Raw Distortion

Equal parts warm overdrive and raunchy grind, the Pro Co Rat distortion pedal has been a vital cog in countless guitar rigs since the late ’70s. From Jeff Beck to John Scofield, players of all stripes revere the Rat’s tonal range, smoothness, and heaping amounts of gain. The Raw Distortion for UAD-2 and Apollo is a faithful emulation of this legendary distortion box, delivering all of the grit, dynamics, and raunch of the classic hardware.

Unison Technology for Authentic Tone, Touch, and Feel

Unison Technology for Authentic Tone, Touch, and Feel

The interaction of your instrument and the first pedal in your signal chain is an essential ingredient to capturing a stompbox’s unique character and tone. Thanks to Universal Audio’s Unison technology, your signal gets the same circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of these vintage pedals when you plug into a UA audio interface. This gives you the true tone, feel, and response of the original hardware.

*The TS Overdrive is not affiliated with, sponsored, nor endorsed by Ibanez and Hoshino Corporation. The Tube Screamer TS808 name, is solely to identify the classic effects emulated by Universal Audio's product.

Key Features

Dead-on emulation of the legendary TS808 Tube Screamer stompbox

Exacting circuit emulation with all the original features and tone of the vintage unit

Realtime UAD Processing and exclusive Unison™ technology features for Apollo interfaces

Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Distortion Essentials Bundle

Overall Rating

T. Shimizu

November 8, 2022

Not that good

I expected too much. This bundle is not that good.

A. Chas

September 23, 2022

Good sound...

I really enjoy that bundle but the choice is quite limited. No Boss, Marshall, Fender, DoD or many many more manufacturers...from each manufacturer there is at least one pedal that is legendary and worth emulating. So...I'm waiting! ;)

B. Davidson

August 1, 2022

maybe

I've tried all 3 of these on demos and they sound pretty good. The TS and Raw pedals are available from a lot of plugin makers for cheap and there is nothing special about the UAD version. I would love to get the Bermuda but not at this price. Brainworx sells its guitar pedals for $25 when they are on sale and they are as good as anything UA offers.

A lot of people say that got RAW for free. How's that work? I've been a customer for around 15 years and was never offered this for free.

J. Moin

July 10, 2022

Fantastic range of Tones from these iconic pedals!

Fantastic range of Tones from these iconic pedals and I am loving both the TS and Bermuda!

Docked a star because this bundle should really cost 99USD on sale and not 119USD. That would put it more inline with the price of a guitar/bass amp when they are on sale. Docked a star for the price. As many have mentioned this should be de-bundled and each pedal sold separately for about 50-70USD (sale price) then the bundle would make more sense at 119USD sale price. Still, i'm not disappointed and love most of my UA products. You really can't go wrong with having these pedals in your arsenal!

M. Sanchez

June 11, 2022

Great sound!

Adjusting the bundle gives you the sounds of the masters. I returned my pedals after I heard I tried this bundle.

I. Yunakov

January 10, 2022

808 TS

This man here told you the whole truth
"Listen to your customers!"
It's a pity that everyone is forced to buy 2 extra pedals (one they already own), when we say it, we all just want the TS Overdrive pedal in this package. Please, please, please, do a great service to your customers and stop doing these deceptive things. Make TS Overdrive a separate purchase.

G. Markus

January 5, 2022

Why not?

Over the year, I've spent a small fortune on Tube Screamers, and boutique clones of it - and other pedals. I was happy to simply plug them into my UA interface, but this plugin saves me the step and sounds more like the real deal (when paired with a UA amp sim).

S. Mollica

November 24, 2021

Bermuda!!!

I boguht this bundle mainly for the Bermuda distorsion.. It is huge! Love it

A. Mikheev

October 27, 2021

Bermuda Triangle, insane fuzz

Wanna sound like Pink Floyd, MUSE? You should check it!

S. PHILIP

October 13, 2021

handy toolbox

Guitarists coming to record at my studio don't need to bring pedals anymore....

D. Montoya

October 12, 2021

Works well with Unison amp sims

The TS sold me on this package. Already had RAW, which was included with initial Apollo interface purchase. Bermuda is killer on synths and bass guitar. Kind of Big Muff-esque. TS is spot on and works great pushing the Softube Marshall suite into glorious territory. In all honesty it works better than my outboard Fulltone OCD pedal I was previously using to push those amps.

b. village

October 1, 2021

Tube screamer

I had a tube screamer for a little while. This emulation is spot on for it.

K. Baum

August 4, 2021

Tube Screamer, Not

Does not pack the same harmonic punch as the real thing. I know I have one. Playing a Gibson 335, through a Fender 65 Deluxe, the hardware version of the Tube Screamer offers much better distortion and and harmonic overtones, than the UA software plug-in. If you want to use a software plug-in, you're better off with a Marshal simulation, or using a LA2 compressor dialed up.

C. Katches

July 9, 2021

Listen to your customers!

It's a shame that everyone is roped into buying 2 extra pedals (one that they already own), when let's face it, we all just want the TS Overdrive pedal in this bundle. Please, please, pleaaaase do your clients a big favor and stop doing this scammy stuff. Make the TS Overdrive it's own separate purchase.

R. MACMULLEN

December 29, 2020

ts distortion pedal

this ts distortion pedal is toooo soft doesnt have the bite ibanez pedal delivers
I have 70 plug ins this is the only failure
Ralph

T. Taivalaho

December 29, 2020

Bundle (only use tube screamer)

I only needed tube screamer (still got the raw-distortion for free) I have to buy the whole bundle. Great sounding tube screamer (five stars), those two plugins I´ll never gonna use! So it's quite expensive (three stars)

E. Jegu

October 10, 2020

Distortion essentials bundle

Overdrive !!! xD

N. Dettenbach

September 10, 2020

good emu

emulate analog distortion circuits seems not easy at all, but UAD nailed it here better then the "native" (x86) products from others. Seems that even emus of such technically "simple" circuits profit from UADs DSP/FPGA support.

E. Koch

August 25, 2020

sorry for all the reveiw communications.

i did get an e-mail to UA development thanks to tech support..
good guitar sound, i most people's opinion, comes from a Germanium Treble Booster slapping up the amps initial tube gain stages, Not a distortion pedal...

distortion pedals where something that people used to get distortion and adjust input tone at low volumes; for practice, like alternative to a soak, they just sort of became part of the device culture..

but the germanium treble boosters where what people used when they played live, or loud in the studio...basically a germanium gain stage with more high frequency output to shift the tube amp's tube preamp distortion color more into the higher frequency range, and leave the lower frequencies less distorted...

so it would be good to add some classic germanium treble boosters to this collection, being the distortion pedal, in general, was more of a situational coping mechanism than any ticket to a golden sound..

t. sumitomo

July 20, 2020

本物だ!

マーシャルに合うエフェクターです。ハードロッカーにお勧め!