Century Tube Channel Strip™

Century Tube Channel Strip

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Real time recording inspiration for vocals, guitars, and more.

Capturing “the moment” is crucial — and capturing that inspiration with the right sound is just as important. The new Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in hearkens back to the days before infinite undo and decision-deferral, to a time where making records was an immediate, visceral act of bold creativity.

With an organic tube mic preamp, transparent dynamics control, and intuitively voiced EQ, the Century plug-in is perfect for UA Interface users, allowing you to stay in the creative zone while you record, helping you capture first-take magic, with stunning results.

Now You Can:

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 print performances with a broad stroke, "do-no-harm," vintage-style tube channel strip

Easily flatter your performances with a vintage-style tube mic preamp, simple three-band EQ, and optical leveler on vocals, guitars, bass, drums, and more

Control UA Audio Interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in via Unison technology

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5-Min UAD Tip
5-Min UAD Tip

5-Min UAD Tip

In this 5-Minute UAD Tip, learn how to use the UAD Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in to capture acoustic guitar and vocals with detail and emotion.

The Perfect Tube Mic Pre

The Perfect Tube Mic Pre

The Century Tube Channel Strip's mic preamp will give all of your sources — especially vocals — a burnished tube color with the unmistakable 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. Tweak further with 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<sup>™</sup> Technology for UA Audio Interfaces

Unison Technology for UA Audio Interfaces

Harnessing UA’s groundbreaking Unison technology, the 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.

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 UA Audio Interfaces.

Easy EQ Seasoning

Easy EQ Seasoning

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.

Optimal Opto Leveler

Optimal Opto Leveler

Featuring a classic autoformer-driven optical leveler, the Century Tube Channel Strip’s dynamics section takes the guesswork out of compression settings with a single knob. You can quickly tame a dynamic vocal or bass performance and lock it into place, 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 Boutique Character and Color to Any Source

Add Boutique Character and Color to Any Source

Of course, the Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in isn’t just for UA Audio Interface owners. UAD-2 hardware owners can employ the Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in for mixing and tone shaping — without ever leaving the box.

5-Min UAD Tip
5-Min UAD Tip

5-Min UAD Tip

In this video, learn how to craft unique guitar and bass DI tones using Century Tube Channel Strip plug-in.

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      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

      (98 reviews)

      J. López Uribe

      September 14, 2020

      Fast and effective

      It's a great combination of tools for any vocal

      E. Grebeznieks

      September 10, 2020

      Smooth and vintage

      I love this chain of plug-ins, smooth and vintage sound.

      C. Bell

      September 3, 2020

      The Sh@!t

      Used, abused and amused!

      R. Metelkin

      August 31, 2020

      Simply and awesome

      At first I had doubts about this plugin, for its appearance, but I was wrong. This is the most used vocal plugin in my library today.

      M. Pribble

      August 24, 2020


      I just cut a vocal on this, sent it to another studio and they were all over me asking what plugins I used, if I got a new mic, just what the hell is going on, how did I get that sound!!

      E. Koch

      August 20, 2020

      almost perfect for vocals..

      i think it was an attempt to make the century a jack of all trades that makes it an "almost" there...i can see this being the perfect sweet ticket go to for recording acoustic guitar, but it gets a little too gritty towards the top of the headroom on a hot mic for vocals, in my opinion... but some styles, maybe not, i suppose one could just back off on the mic, but i have the V-76 now, so the century is going to get other jobs...
      it's a great grab and go, and probably the best bang for the DSP out there..

      C. Bruce

      August 9, 2020

      This is

      Better than a lot of hardware preamps. Judge all your other preamps against this.

      K. Babic

      August 8, 2020

      Great Combination

      It is like an 610pre with an LA2A comp, with a different character. Love this Plugin.

      W. Silva

      August 3, 2020


      Plugin direto ao ponto.. som quente e suave.. perfeito para podcasts...

      E. Zambrano

      July 29, 2020


      Can’t get enough of its classic , smooth and vintage sound.

      E. Zambrano

      July 29, 2020


      Can’t get enough of its classic , smooth and vintage sound.

      C. Kiasi

      July 24, 2020

      Straight to the point

      When mixing a high number of songs you need plugins that will allow you to colour and add just the right amount of texture and this plugin does it for me.

      m. marchewka

      July 18, 2020

      Century Strip

      This pre has become my go to. So easy to get a great sound on any source. Love it!

      J. ALMANZA

      July 18, 2020

      Century Tube Channel Strip

      Very useful and simple to use channel strip. Very viasul interface. Good sound quality.

      V. Kotljarow

      June 29, 2020

      Great plugin ! I recommend !

      I'm very happy with the plugin. Easy and practical to use. Plugin sounds warm, natural sound and color of your own voice is there ...! Class !
      Respect Universal Audio!

      Bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Plugin. Einfach und praktisch zu bedienen. Plugin klingt warm, natürlicher klang und Farbe eigener stimme ist da ... ! Klasse !
      Respekt Universal Audio !

      h. hyakkoku

      June 28, 2020


      I like this because it is easy to operate and has a very analog warm sound.

      R. Graterol

      June 18, 2020

      Great sound and súper intuitive

      This plugin is a nice combination of sound and usability. The GUI is very clean and easy to follow. I got it free with the purchase of the Apollo x4. Nice addition to my collection.

      C. Fowler

      June 18, 2020

      Not glamorous, but great!

      I have the Avalon strip and demo'd the Voxbox, but this one just "works" for my voice. The preamp gain adds a nice "hair" and thickness when driven, the compression is virtually foolproof, and the EQ is flattering. As a bonus, the presets are really well-designed; I was surprised to see one tailored for an Sm7b, and it worked really well. This plug should get more attention than it does; it's one of my favorites.

      J. Roy

      June 16, 2020

      Just Amazing

      This preamp/channel strip is just amazing. Nothing else to say. My favorite by far.

      K. Boaten

      June 14, 2020

      Phenomenal sound

      This plugin lives up to all the hype and positive reviews. astonishing on vocals. Great overall. Recommended highly.