Distortion Essentials Bundle

Distortion Essentials Bundle

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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.

Now You Can:

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

(90 reviews)

G. Hadfield

July 28, 2015

Fantastically satisifying character

A little puzzled by some of the negative reviews. I have found these three distortion plugins to be fantatsic at giving really satisfying character.

While they can all totally blitz a sound, they also have a less tiring and more satsifyinglt natural chaos about their sound than pretty much all other stomp box emulations I've tried.

Why four stars instead of five..? Two resaons. They are quite pricey given their limited scope of use. Though I'm sure that the last 20% of the sound quality took up 80% of the effort - where other developers might have stopped. And I bought it anyway - so how can I argue it was too much! Second (bigger) reason: no mix knob! I know it's not on the originals but it's really annoying not having mix on an insert

UAD User

June 3, 2015


I have used many distortion plugins, but none come close to these. This is insane!

A. Glass

May 7, 2015

Compares to the hardware but...

This is a great little collection from UA. The TS808 is beautiful however a little intense. I find that it almost muddies the tone a bit when slapped on pre-amp. You definitely need to tweak the settings alot and scale them down to get usable overdrive. However - when you do - you get AMAZING tone. This is way better than all of the other non-DSP ones I've tried. This SOUNDS analog, it sounds real - however intense it may be.

M. Herrmannstorfer

May 7, 2015

Versatile Collection of Stomp boxes

There's everything from slightly Crunchy to heavily distorted. Especially nice when used as unison plugins in combination with the clean sound of Softube Vintage Amp Room in "Brown" mode!

M. Petrillo

April 13, 2015

Mind Blowing!

These pedal plugins are exceptional and worth every penny, especially the Raw or The Tube Screamer into the Engl Classic amp or the Friedman Dirty Shirley amp plug gives the screaming metal tone of a hardware TS 808 into a Marshall-style master volume amp. I'll never mic another amp in the studio!

A. Weiss

April 8, 2015


This plugin is by far the most authentic digital substitute to the real thing!
I doubt even an experienced guitarist could hear the difference.

UAD User

April 6, 2015

Finally happy with DI guitar recording!!

As a songwriter I've always been searching for ways to simplify the process of capturing an idea and shaping a song. I've never been happy with DI guitar until discovering these plugins. All 3 of these sound fantastic, and I'm getting better sounding distortion on these than mic'ing my amp. Plus, it's so convenient to be able to quickly dial in a tone in Console 2.0 and not have to deal with setting up my amp. I still prefer the sound of my own Tube Screamer in my Fender DeVille, but it's nice to be able to record guitars at anytime of the day and actually end up with useable tracks without having to re-amp/mess with the amp later.

S. McNulty

March 30, 2015

Virtual Stomp Boxes

I've been using these on the demo for a few days, now.
There is no way that I can't buy them.
The Big Muff is such a dirty little beast.
I love it.

E. Shapiro

March 21, 2015

Sounds decent

I ran these all through the ENGL on a clean setting. The virtual Rat sounds better than my newer Rat II. The filter taper and sound are a little smoother. Probably means I should just solder a better transistor in mine. I have a 90's Russian Big Muff and the Bermuda behaves a lot like it. Rolling off the guitar volume works the same on both. The Bermuda is a little darker but my actual pedal has always been too bright. I've never been a fan of tube screamers so I don't have much of a critical opinion about this one. This model sounds decent. Still not a fan of tube screamers.

T. Ottesen

March 26, 2015

Fun and useful pedals

Just the fact that the Unison tech works on the HI-Z input as well makes me put a plugin-pedal in front of the guitar, even though it may be turned off for clean sounds.
I can´t really comment on the authenticity of the Bermuda and Tubescreamer as I´ve never owned them, but I really enjoy the sound of them, the Tubescreamer does pretty much everything I need with the Vintage Amp Room.
I can however comment on the RAW pedal. I owned a RAT some 15 years ago, and I could never get a sound out of it that I could use for anything. When I slapped the RAW into the recording chain, I was immediately taken back to the rehearsal room. It sounds just like I remember it, and I can´t get any sounds out of this that I can use. Great emulation!

R. Virili

March 8, 2015

Great pedals simulations

Taking into the fact that until now I have not found a tube amp simulator that sounds much like a real amplifer, and I mean that is not tinted harsh and digital sound; these three plugins of famous pedals sound very well and are realistic, but as I said you have to have a clean guitar sound base, which has to be very good and realistic, and yet I have not found it among the many guitar simulators on the market. And I do not speak of highly distorted sounds that could be good enough, but of a clean, round, full sound and tube guitar.
It's hard I know.
Another thing is the price that is too high at least for one of the non-professional musicians like me who like much but the sounds of Universal Audio.

E. Ramazanoiglu

March 24, 2015

Killing tone

I pretty much exclusively use pedals on drums, vocals and synths and these have just rocked my world. My reamps and DIs are now sitting redundant as I pound beats and textures with the RAW especially. I've always loved the RAT and this just gets me there straight away. Couldn't be happier!!


April 18, 2015

To J Rutter

I don't have a random setup at all. I have a Apollo quad and a satilitte octo. All through thunderbolt into a Mac Pro. I work on very big projects. It's very common for my sessions to have 80 tracks or more. I have other plugin bundles from other companies that I use from time to time to lighten the load. I always find the UA plugs far superior. I really can't get over the sound of the stomp boxes. I have a 5 of the top amp in my studio, and I really don't think I will be using them much longer. I already sold one stack. Buy a satilitte you won't regret it.

K. Hegyi

April 14, 2015

Waste of money!

It really is just a waste of money if you ask me. They don't sound nothing like the real thing and it just really plasticy.

No Character.
Boring sound.
Take up a lot of CPU for nothing...



March 26, 2015

UAD is all I use !!!

These sound awesome. I never thought I would say I wouldn't use my amps any longer, but its starting to look that way. Stop complaining about DSP power. If you want the best sound, you have to pay a little for it. Thats why I know have 12 DSP processors. The new upgrades RULE !!!

J. Kulmesch

March 25, 2015


My secret wishes came true! Thx UA for this great update. Of course there are voices that don`t feel the same, but with my system, everything is just wonderful. Keep up the good work and thx for V8! Greetz from Austria

G. Sharp

March 8, 2015

I like the new console a lot

I have to say, that in spite of the few negative reviews submitted early on, and maybe because I did not use the previous console very much before the new one arrived, having only recently acquired an Apollo Twin, I find the console V8 intuitive and a powerful asset in my setup and love these old faithful emulations of the distortion essentials plugins.. Yes I could always do with more plug in power, but I can still do a great deal with what I have and enjoy saving sessions for future use in an environment that looks attractive and functions at least for me, very well. I like also for instance, the fact that I can easy click decide what will go to track and what will just enhance the experience in the cans on the way in.

O. Smari

July 12, 2019


Great product and very easy to use. Works great with the Marshall amps!

E. Brownderville

July 12, 2019

UAD Tube Screamer

Great plugin for guitar players. Sounds awesome!! Thanks for this awesome plugin.

P. Kelly

July 9, 2019

Love the pcie duo and apollo

Amazing, what more can I say