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Support Report: Randy and Jor answer your UAD-1 Questions

We often get calls regarding the presets for the UAD-1. The most frequently asked question is, are there more?
Yes. In all applications and platforms, all presets are not automatically installed. Beyond the default presets included in the regular installation, additional presets and/or banks are available; Be aware that the default presets are part of the download as well.
Follow the link below to obtain extra presets for your UAD-1 plug-ins:
Select your platform then the following page will have extra presets.

Please read the ReadMe after downloading for application specific information.
Note: Up until v.3.4, the presets were installed for OS9, but have subsequently been taken out for consistency on all platforms.

Another question comes up regularly regarding mono plug-ins; Why aren’t they installed all of the time?
The release notes for VST/OS 9 specifically state that the mono plugs were included for Logic users, and that we recommend NOT installing them for other hosts. All of our regular plugs can run just fine in a mono configuration, i.e. on mono inserts. There was an issue in Logic on OS 9, which caused the default plug-ins to always run stereo in that host. We removed the mono plugs from the OS X version because there is no need for them anymore. Logic now works fine with our AU plugs in mono mode. Also, when loading Logic OS 9 sessions in OSX, the matching AU plug for any mono VST plugs that were in the OS 9 session will be inserted/converted into the OSX session. (However, as stated in the release notes, the session data is currently not converted properly for those plugs. So the corresponding AU plug will load, but its settings won’t match what they were in the OS 9 session).

There seems to be some mystery about the functionality of Track Advance for some users.
Here’s the lowdown. UAD Track Advance (UAD TrackAdv) should be used whenever MIDI tracks are played alongside audio tracks that are assigned to a send/group/bus which uses UAD plug-in(s). Note: This plug-in is only useful in hosts that support built-in delay compensation. (For example, it will work in Logic, Cubase, and Nuendo, but not DP.) TrackAdv is designed to be used on audio track inserts of tracks that are assigned to a send/group/bus that have one or more UAD plug-ins applied. By first advancing the audio with TrackAdv on the track insert, then processing the same track on a send/group/bus that has a UAD plug-in, the “net latency result” is zero and the audio will be perfectly aligned with the MIDI tracks.

The TrackAdv parameter value to be used on a track insert should simply be the number of UAD plug-ins that are being used in sequence on the send, group, or bus that the track is assigned to.

For example, if three separate sends are used, and each send/return has one instance of a UAD plug-in, the TrackAdv Plug-in value for the audio tracks insert would be one. However, if one send/group/bus is used that has three instances of UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins stacked up, the TrackAdv plug-in’s value for the tracks inserts would be three. Note: The TrackAdv plug-in value on the track insert matches the total of UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins used serially (stacked one above another in series) on the send/group/bus that the track is assigned to, NOT the total number of UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins used.

The Samples parameter shifts the audio with single-sample accuracy in either direction. It is provided mainly for compensation of the Pultec EQ. Note: The keyboard shortcuts PageUp/PageDown and Shift+Arrow automatically add the 13-sample Pultec value for your convenience.

We are currently investigating some recent issues when using TrackAdv in OS X. Stay tuned to future support reports for additional information regarding this and any additional information.

-Randy Knaub

My audio app can use either Direct-X or VST. Which format should I use?
Because there is no definitive plug-in standard, DAW users must know which plug-ins will work properly with their software of choice. Some applications provide support for only one format, while others allow the user to choose. When you do have an option, choosing the right format for your system will provide optimal performance. Below we will explain how to configure each supported application to use the proper plug-in format.

Although most of the following applications support both VST and Direct-X plug-ins, UAD-1 VST should always be used. Use of UAD-1 Direct-X or a mix of UAD-1 VST and Direct-X may cause performance degradation and errors to occur.

The following applications should always use VST:
Steinberg Cubase / Nuendo, Steinberg Wavelab, Emagic Logic Audio, Samplitude 7.x, FruityLoops & FL Studio, Ableton Live, and Melodyne.

Direct-X only applications:
Cakewalk Sonar / Project5, Sony Digital (Sonic Foundry) Vegas / ACID Pro / Sound Forge.

Note: When loading plug-ins, for all apps, be sure to select your UAD-1 plug-ins from the main plug-in menu, and not the Direct-X sub-menu.

When the UAD-1 Direct-X plug-ins are installed, they are automatically registered and available in your host application, no configuration is necessary.
However, in Sound Forge, you may want to add UAD-1 Direct-X plug-ins to your “DX Favorites” menu. To do this select “DX Favorites>Organize…” or “DX Favorites>Recreate by plug-in name” to automatically add all UAD-1 plug-ins to their own sub-menu.

Note: Users of all Cakewalk and Sony Digital (Sonic Foundry) applications should use our UAD-1 Direct-X plug-ins exclusively. It is not recommended to use the UAD-1 VST software by way of the Cakewalk/Fxpansion VST Adapters with these applications.

Users of E-MU Paris and SAW Studio may be pleased to know that the Fxpansion VST adapter may be used for greatest compatibility of UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins with their system, although these applications are not officially supported.

The UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins software does not support the RTAS format used by Pro Tools LE directly. However RTAS support for both PC and Macintosh systems is is provided by FXpansion’s VST-RTAS Adapter, and a custom version of this adapter will be available for Project PAK and Studio PAK customers for FREE from our web site. Owners of the Mackie UAD-1 can purchase the Fxpansion RTAS adapter from www.fxpansion.com

-Jor van Geldar

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