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Welcome to the Sound of your Favorite Records

Get the rich analog tones heard on decades of classic albums with 11 "must‑have" UAD plug-ins and instruments — for one low price — no UA hardware required.

With three versions of the legendary Teletronix LA‑2A compressor, a collection of classic Pultec EQs, Oxide Tape Recorder, and much more — a $1,493 value if purchased separately — your productions will take a huge leap forward with professional analog sound.

No Hardware Required

No Hardware Required

UAD Essentials Edition plug-ins run natively on Mac or PC and work with any compatible DAW including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, FL Studio, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, LUNA, and more.

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.

  • Add analog warmth and texture to vocals, bass, synths, and more with iconic tube compressors and EQs
  • Discover the fat sound of magnetic tape on your drums, vocals, and guitars
  • Explore ambience and space on vocals and instruments with award‑winning plate reverb and tape echo
  • Capture the perfect take with an easy-to-use tube channel strip featuring EQ, compression, and mic preamp
  • Experience a vintage-inspired analog synth packed with "album‑ready" sounds

PolyMAX Synth

Our vintage-inspired synth gives producers, sound designers, and musicians fat analog tones from the golden age of polysynthesis. PolyMAX's warm, analog-modeled oscillators and filters, professional UA effects, and curated presets easily fit into any genre — with album‑ready sounds instantly.

Century Tube Channel Strip

Enhance your vocals, guitars, synths, and more with a vintage-style tube mic preamp, simple three-band EQ, and optical compressor designed to give you everything you need to capture "first take" magic.

Pultec Passive EQ Collection

Featuring three astonishingly accurate Pultec EQs that are indistinguishable from the original analog hardware, get the same silky curves used by the engineers of John Mayer, Daft Punk, and Mariah Carey, on your vocals, drums, keys and more.

Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection

Get smooth, radio-ready vocals, guitars, and bass with three highly sought-after versions of the most famous optical tube compressor ever made — and the go-to for professional mixers worldwide.

Galaxy Tape Echo

Add subtle tape delay and colorful cacophony to drums, vocals, guitars, and synths with the definitive emulation of an iconic analog contraption used by everyone from Pink Floyd and David Bowie, to King Tubby, Scientist, and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Pure Plate Reverb

Experience UA's revolutionary plate reverb emulation in a simple, easy-to-use package — with all of the essential features — and give your vocals, guitars, strings, and synths lush, satisfying ambience.

Oxide Tape Recorder

Based on our award-winning Ampex and Studer tape machine emulations, Oxide Tape Recorder gives you the warmth, presence, and vibe of professional analog tape, with only the essential controls, so you can get sounds faster and make everything "sound like a record."



Is Universal Audio hardware required to use these plug-ins?

No. These plug-ins run natively on your computer. No UA hardware required.

Can I try native UAD plug-ins before I buy?

Yes, 14-day plug-in demos are available. Find eligible plug‑ins ›

If I purchase a UAD plug-in, do I get a license for native and Apollo/UAD-2 versions?

Yes, for every UAD plug-in that supports native and Apollo/UAD-2 versions, you get a license for both.

I own an Apollo or UAD-2 hardware, is this for me?

Yes, absolutely, our new bundles provide tremendous value on some of our most popular collections of plug-ins, and native versions are included for the best of both worlds. Native UAD plug-ins also allow you to record and mix on-the-go without attaching UAD hardware.

*All trademarks are property of their respective owners, and used only to represent the instruments modeled as part of UAD plug‑ins.

Customer Reviews

UAD Essentials Edition

Overall Rating


A. Holbert

April 14, 2024

Must Have!

As a Guitar Player, This is the best sounding emulation I have heart so far and it you get it sale You might feel like you need UAD some additional Money. LOL. All Jokes Aside It's Incredible!
Thank You UAD TEAM!

r. mitchell

April 14, 2024

great plugins

this bundle is well worth it hands down

E. Carvalho

April 14, 2024



C. Eichhorst

April 14, 2024

Must have!

A great sounding bundle! As it is described: essential. Thus is gives me the sound I'm really into it for instance oxide tape. The price? UNBEATABLE! Keep it up UAD!

A. Xthodo

April 14, 2024

Effortless Excellence: A Review of Polymax and Pure Reverb

Polymax delivers exceptional clarity and quality, truly impressive. Pure Reverb simplifies achieving desired results effortlessly. Kudos to UAD for these outstanding products!

R. Dopwell

April 14, 2024

How can I review plugins that Universal Audio won't help me activate??????

I've been trying to get some support from Universal Audio to activate my plugin bundle which I purchased from Plugin Boutique since March 31, 2024. Today is April 14th and still not a word of help from Universal Audio. However, today I get an email asking me to write a review of my plugins. I own other UAD plugins which are great but these I have yet to try out because I can't activate them. If you see this review Universal Audio, please send some help my way like right Now!! Thank you!

R. Dietrich

April 13, 2024

Support is useless

Can’t get a response from support. All I need is for them to unlink my iLok account because they won’t give users an option to do it themselves.

P. Sandström

April 13, 2024



T. Wylie

April 13, 2024

What no cable?

Finally got my apollo twin x after it arrived two days late only to find it to be unusable due to no thunderbolt cable supplied. Come on UAD, this is like selling someone a new car only to find on delivery that you need to get your own steering wheel. So the unit is basically unfit for purpose, until at the customers inconvenience a cable is found and purchased. If this is a profit thing then put the extra £30 on the price. The unit is not cheap so this is nothing short of ridiculous, and has really left me feeling frustrated with with a poor first impression. Hopefuly when Amazon delivers the cable (before 10pm this evening) I will be able to finally enjoy using the unit.

J. Snell-Callanen

April 13, 2024

Quality plugins at an incredible price point

The LA2A compressor collection alone is worth the $49 price point. Plate reverb is a huge upgrade from stock plate IRs in Logic Pro. The Space Echo adds immediate vibe and I love that it has a pan knob for the wet signal.

G. Livingston

April 12, 2024

The goods right here

How can you go wrong for $49?

S. Holland

April 12, 2024

Instant Sauce

My recent purchase of the UAD Essentials bundle has proven to be a very wise move. Adding the plugins to a channel yields instant sauce. The LA2 compressors are incredible. The EQ's precise and full of character. I haven't used another make of plugin that has given such a solid performance without months of gertting to know them first. Highly reccommended.

If I had to provide some constructive criticism, I am not a fan of plugins that can only be used when connected to the internet. I do not like to be connected when working on music. I also travel a lot, and very often, internet is not avaialble to me. That aside, the UAD bundle is damn near perfect.

T. Mitrevej

April 12, 2024

Great package!

Essential stuffs to create a pro sound.

R. Powell

April 11, 2024

Great Collection

Aptly named. These tools are essential for your collection. UAD quality at an outstanding price.

C. de Morais

April 11, 2024

Great stuff. Ridículos licensing mechanism.

iLok? Seriously?!? :(

A. Green

April 11, 2024

Products wonderful, tech support , very slow.

The products are absolutely wonderful. My my support tickets were not responded to in a timely manner. it took over a week to get help and the other ticket was ignored straightway. UAD should must make a stronger commitment to service.

O. Rosell

April 10, 2024


Muy buenos todos los plug in los recomiendo ampliamente

G. Harrington

April 10, 2024

Very Pleased

Really like my new UAD plugins. Great sound quality and good support
Thank you UAD.

G. Harrington

April 10, 2024

Very Pleased

Really like my new UAD plugins. Great sound quality and good support
Thank you UAD.

P. Patak

April 9, 2024

ILok is a drag

I will not buy your software again do to your antiquated alliance to ILok systems…I bought this software & cannot run it on my 2 computers without a WiFi signal or ILok key…ridiculous…I know I’m not the first to complain…shame…so until you move into the 21st century…adios