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

      (53 reviews)

      I. Loncar

      May 7, 2019


      Can't imagine recording anything from now on without this. It's got such a beautiful tone to it... vocals & keys on this sound absolutely gorgeous. 10/10

      b. boyd

      April 22, 2019

      U.A.'s masterful blurring of digital and analog realms makes Century Tube Channel Strip a joy to use!

      I first put the C.T.C.S. on a drum buss, and immediately I was blown away with the realism of this plugin. The tube warmth it adds to otherwise generic midi instruments is the difference in night and day. Vocals at once receive the Universal Audio famed "sound", with just the smallest of tweaking a good track becomes a great track with all the sonic goodness a real high end console imparts, without the added expense or real estate needed. I've just recently got into U.A. via a UAD2 PCIe solo card, and I have to say I'm already working out which of my less used studio gear can go in order to fund an Apollo interface. I have a feeling U.A. is going to be the centerpiece of my rig very soon....

      J. RAPHA

      April 11, 2019


      Voici un préampli, parfaitement convaincant, qui amène sans rien faire, de suite, la touche magique. L'étage, tube préamp, à lui tout seul, vaut déjà le détour. L'équalizer est tres sympa à utiliser meme si j'aurais préféré un peu plus de réglages. Le compresseur n'est pas en reste lui non plus, il fonctionne très très bien. Il me manquait ce genre d'outils, parce que dès qu'on l'essaye, c'est fini on ne pourra plus s'en passer, vous pouvez me croire. Je l'ai surtout utilisé jusqu'à maintenant, principalement sur de la voix.
      C'est top, c'est magique , ça apporte tout de suite le Truuuuuuuuuuuc.

      R. Busch

      April 4, 2019

      Century Channel

      Ein absolut Modern klingender Channel... Sehr gutes Pondon zu Neve, SSL... U. S. W. Top plug-in Thanx to Uad & co

      UAD User

      April 4, 2019

      Fun to use, lots of flavor

      This is a great tool if you wanna hit a signal pretty hard on the way in and commit to something dirtier and more compressed than you might have otherwise. Use something else to refine, this is for broad strokes and in-the-moment inspiration.

      J. Jordan

      March 20, 2019

      Almost brought me to tears....

      I put this on my B3 tracks, distorted it to taste and color and vibe it gave totally made me forget it was a plug-in I was using. A very rewarding purchase.

      C. Reinel

      March 9, 2019

      Colourful, fast and easy

      Set the gain / drive, if you want give some more colour with the EQ and dynamics and adjust the recordinglevel. You're done.
      Sounds great anyway.

      H. Fisher

      February 25, 2019

      Love it

      One of the easiest and best sounding pre amps I’ve used this far!!! Might be my fave UA go to for a pre.

      G. Herrera

      February 14, 2019

      Default magic

      Surprised at how polished sounding this is, I really like it and use it on all my sessions one way or another, but for sure on Vox and bass guitar!!

      M. Mastrojanni

      February 14, 2019

      real plug in fantastic *****

      This plug in is really fantastic amazing and real
      If you compare the hardware within this plugin you can't recognize the plugin and the hardware.
      extraordinary for acoustic guitar and voices !!!

      M. Mastrojanni

      February 14, 2019

      real plug in fantastic *****

      This plug in is really fantastic amazing and real
      If you compare the hardware within this plugin you can't recognize the plugin and the hardware.
      extraordinary for acoustic guitar and voices !!!

      N. de Leon

      February 10, 2019

      Warmth Transients

      Yes indeed! UAD did a wonderful job on this plug-In. Warmth transients sounds for vocals, saxes, violin and acoustic guitar! Easy to use! The colors on those plug-ins are magnificent. The highs are silky! Love it!!!! AAA+

      A. Londero

      February 2, 2019

      Century Tube Channel Strip

      This channel strip is AMAZING !!!! I love the warmth it gives on my vocal and acoustic guitar it's a winner right in the box

      A. Lopes dos Santos

      January 31, 2019

      Simplicity = Sophistication

      CTCS. Classic. Tasty. Creamy. Simple. And “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, as Da Vinci taught us. Use everything on a “light mood” and it culdn’t be easier to setup a real nice basic sound to work with later on, throughout the recording process. I just love it. Highly recomended.

      M. G.

      January 18, 2019


      Tengo todos los Plug-In Unison de tira de canal. Este es un Plug-In fácil y rápido para hacer grabaciones rápidas y fáciles. Lo tengo en mi arsenal. Recomendado

      R. Kremer

      January 14, 2019



      D. Thierry

      January 10, 2019

      Merci UAD

      D’une simplicité, Ideal pour mes Mix

      T. Lockett

      January 3, 2019


      It sounds good and is simple to use, and it is DSP friendly, great go to channel strip, check it out if you have not, great for tracking live

      R. K***

      December 22, 2018

      Simple = Good

      Clearly this is a trend for the future of of plugins. Rather than have 100 separate plugins you need to learn and experiment with individually, a smart channel strip that offers the best of. Waves Schepps channel has a good product, but a bit of memory hog. Console1 does this the best implicitly and easily thru customizing your own UA based channel strip thru a controller interface.

      The Century Tube is better though for ease of use. Just select if and go.
      UA, give us more smart plugins please.


      Simple is the name of the game, I Love it’s warm sound. Excellent for tracking. I have all the UAD strips and I find myself using this one for capturing quick ideas

      W. Slaughter

      December 21, 2018

      Another great channel strip !

      Own LOTS of plug-ins so this had to be in my collection as well and it gives me a new flavor to choose from .....very warm and quick on setting and forgetting ! LOVE universal audio !!