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BLOG no. 6 - UAD DBX 160 Compressor/Limiter Plug-in 0

Hello friends,

 Thank you for checking out our Weekly blog.

 In this blog I will be discussing Universal Audio’s DBX 160 Compressor/Limiter UAD Plug-in

 Here's an illustration of what the plug‑in looks like.

 “Exacting emulation of this legendary, even infamous, VCA compressor.”

                                           Universal Audio

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A little history

Introduced in 1971, the DBX 160 compressor has been considered to be one of the best VCA compressors ever built. It also has been in the family of analog compressors that are the go to compressors for many engineers and producers. It is very easy to set up and very powerful in the way they function and react.  One of their powerful features is the fact that it has three controls; threshold, compression and output gain. They are so popular that they have managed to stay At number 9 on the list of the best 20 compressors of all time, “www.attackmagazine.com”.

 It is a very popular compressor to use on all types of bass sounds whether real or synthesized, giving it a grainy and powerful output.

 

  Features:

  • Plug-in model of dbx 160; first solid-state VCA compressor
  • Modeled discrete version with unique nonlinearities
  • Same simple control set of its analog counterpart
  • Threshold, Compression and Output controls
  • LED threshold indicators just like the original
  • Input/Output/Gain Change VU meter
  • Modeled from desirable ‘non-monolithic’ original design, adding unique nonlinearities
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

                                           Universal Audio

 Universal Audio does it again

Universal Audio has once again taking great care in creating one of the best sounding analog compressors of all times. The VU 160, as it is often referred to, has been re-created by Universal Audio. They took exceptional care in re-creating its functions and features. Including the three simple controls. It has been tested numerous times with great and amazing results.          

 NOW YOU CAN:

  • Beef up signals and add character with the first solid-state VCA compressor ever made
  • Harness fat compression textures to bass guitar, drum buses, or individual drum tracks
  • Add a unique voice and flavor to your compressor toolkit
  • Give snare drums and acoustic guitars in-your-face “thwack”

Universal Audio

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    https://dbxpro.com/en/products/160

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    Diego's Corner BLOG no. 5 - Topic: Universal Audio’s Universal Audio’s Three generations of Teletronix Leveling 0

    Hello friends,

    Thank you for checking out our Weekly blog.

    In this blog I will be discussing Universal Audio’s Neve 1073 Channel Amplifier Unison UAD Plug-in

    Here's an illustration of what the plug‑in looks like.

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    Design of the original Neve 1073

    Often referred to in conversations as "the British sound" or “British iron” the legendary AMS NEVE 1073 module – preamp originated from the legendary 1073 British console. It has been around ever since and has never lost its place in the recording industry. It is still handcrafted and completely hand wired by the professionals at the Burnley, England plant. And remarkably enough its the exact version of the original module found in the Neve 1073 Console.

    Features:

    • classic A design (passing transformer microphone preamp amp)
    • Exclusive Neve marinara transformers used on stages input and output stages
    • hand built in and wired to original 1970s design
    • microphone input: +80db to +20db in five TV steps
    • Output: Maximum output is >+26dBu into 600Ω.
    • Output is transformer balanced and earth free
    • Distortion: Not more than 0.07% from 50Hz to 10kHz at +20dBu output
    • (80kHz bandwidth) into 600Ω.
    • Frequency Response: ±0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 40kHz. EQ Out.

     “The big, punchy sound of the 1073 complements any musical genre – from rock to pop, hip-hop to rap, thrash to classical.”

                                                               Courtesy of AMS-neve.com

    Universal Audio does it again

    As you may well expect, Universal Audio does it once again, and goes all out in creating this legendary module! As with all their UAD plug-ins, they want ahead and designed the most revert Preamp and EQ circuit. This has giving today's recording enthusiasts and professionals the possibilities of tracking through an authentic sound which emulates a classic and legendary audio unit! The incredible need 1073.

     NOW YOU CAN:

    • Get the world’s only authentic and licensed plug-in emulation of the classic Neve 1073 Channel Amplifier
    • Color and EQ your mix with Neve tone, including all 10 distinct clipping points from the vintage 1970’s era hardware
    • Record "through" the 1073 preamp in real time using Apollo Twin, DUO, or QUAD interfaces
    • Control Apollo interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the 1073 plug-in with Unison™ technology
    • Mix with artist presets from Ed Cherney, Joe Chiccarelli, Jaquire King, Ryan Hewitt, David Isaac, Ryan West, and more
    • Get the flagship Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ plug-in, plus the Legacy 1073 EQ and 1073SE (“DSP-Lite”) EQ plug‑ins”

     “The authentic Neve preamp sound – captured as a plug-in featuring                      Unison™ technology."

                                                                                  Courtesy of Universal Audio

            

    Unison Technology for Apollo

    This technology allows for such plug-ins to be used in Universal Audio's Apollo interface. It is unique and exclusive to Universal Audio. You now have access to the 1073 preamp’s impedance giving you access to all the gain staging “sweet spots”that the original 1073 preamp offers. The secret is unisons bi-directional control and communication between the 1073 plug-in and the digitally controlled mic preamps in the Apollo.

    The most amazing comparison that I have seen in reference to this plug-in versus the hardware shoot out, was the comparison that producer/engineer Jacquire King did on recording Tom waits and his band. He basically split every input source and fed both, the hardware equipment, and also fed the similar plug-ins capturing all the whole Recording session. Captured sound question basically similar, I would say identical!

    Be sure to check out the YouTube video. link below

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0TrTPAXM1I

    I personally owned one of these physical units in the past, and will say that my experience was nothing less than amazing!

    I feel so fortunate to now be able to use this UAD plug-in its place. I simply insert it in my UAD console as an insert in the channel that I'm recording from UAD and print sound with my source!  That's it! That easy

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    Truly Yours

    Diego L.

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    https://www.ebay.com/usr/scitscat?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

    https://ams-neve.com/1073-2/

    https://www.ams-neve.com

    Videos

    https://www.uaudio.com/uad-plugins/equalizers/neve-1073-collection.html

     

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    Diego's Corner BLOG No. 4- Universal Audio’s Universal Audio’s Three generations Of Teletronix Leveling 0

    Hello friends,

    Thank you for checking out our Weekly blog.

    In this blog I will be discussing

    Universal Audio’s Leveling Amplifiers: LA-2A Grey, LA-2A Silver, and the original LA-2

    Here's an illustration of what the plug‑in looks like.

    Developed in the 1950’s, The LA2A family soon became an industry standard in every major recording studio!

    The very first version of the LA2A was the “LA-2”. Its output created a warm silky sound. The ease of operation and the ease of use in controlling gain staging and compression also made this unit a must have in every studio and every producers lineup of gear.

    Integrity and design

    As with all Universal Audio’s products and designs, they have once more taking the time, the effort, and the research, to make these compressors sound like their hardware versions.

    “True to the original design, UA’s famed tube-amplified T4 electro-optical compressor.”

    Source: Universal Audio

    Now you can:

    • Dial-in legendary optical tube compression textures for vocals, bass, drums, and more
    • Record your tracks through vintage UA, "handmade in the USA," circuits
    • Easily add iconic warmth and tube limiting with simple, easy-to-use controls
    • Track and mix with a piece of audio recording history

    Source: Universal Audio     

    The birth of the optical limiting amplifier

    Created by Jimmy Lawrence, born in 1924. His passion for radio and broadcasting along with his frustration of having to ride the gain fader to maintain a constant signal level, was the engine to his invention of the "leveling amplifier"

    How The LA-2A Works

    The LA-2A Leveling Amplifier has only one gain stage. Its simple function which operates via two knobs, control its gain and peak Reduction. Its powerful 40 dB gain available from input to output at the gain knob, also allows it to be used as a preamp and compressor.

    The following Teletronix compressors to come on board were the LA 2A Silver and the LA-2A Grey. Although both of these two models created a cleaner sound, they still managed to keep their presence in every recording studio world wide, again because of their sound and ease of use.

    The sound that these two new units gave most recordings, (vocals for the most part) was so unique and pleasing for Recording and mixing that they also maintained their place in all studios and also became industry standard Recording and mixing compressors in most recording studios worldwide.

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    I hope you have all enjoyed my review on this plug-in and how it can help us in our Daisy mixing and production needs and techniques. I personally use this plug-in to record everything but mainly vocals.

    In my experience as a producer/engineer I have learned in the past never to commit a compressor to a recording. This technique is a danger one is a dangerous one, and one that you should consider once you know on your compressor.

    Once you learn your compressor’s behavior, how it works, how to achieve the sound you're looking for, and precisely trust that you Will not ruin a wonderful take by committing the compressor to the recording, you can and definitely should consider this technique. I do it now with Universal Audio's LA2, and with great results.

    This technique can help you in the way your recordings are captured, prevent you from clipping from outsources, give you an overall great sound, and help you in your mixing due to the characteristics it gives the source that you are recording. They recorded compressed sound is actually helping with the maintained level control of your Channel strip’s average level.

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    Diego's Corner BLOG No. 3- Universal Audio’s Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb Plug‑in 0

    Hello friends

    Thank you for checking out our Weekly blog.

    Today I will be discussing Universal Audio’s lexicon 224 Digital reverb plug‑in.

    Ever since it's creation in 1978, the lexicon 224 reverb hardware unit was a winner. It became an industry standard in all professional recording studios worldwide. One of the traits that made it stand out from all the other reverb units available then, was the “luscious reverb tails:" it basically defined the sound of an entire era! Here's an illustration of what the plug‑in looks like.

     

    What is the Lexicon 224 digital reverb plug‑in:

    The lexicon 224 digital reverb plug-in is a plug‑in designed to be an exact replica of the legendary hardware version. The design and features were worked on for over one year at Universal Audio. They did extensive testing and analysis of the original hardware unit. Their main goal was to replicate the same exact sound that the hardware version produced. Their main concern was getting the reverbs to sound exactly the same! And they were able to successfully accomplish this! Making this reverb plugg-in a winner in today's arsenal of Digital classic reverb plug‑ins.

    This plug-in reverb sounds amazing! This unit was used in many productions back in the hardware version days by many famous engineers and producers, from Talking Heads' “Remain In Light” to U2's “The Unforgettable” 

    It was designed to look and function in the same way the original hardware version functioned. Even the color of the unit looks the same. All the functions work it in the same fashion the old hardware unit did.

     NOW YOU CAN:

    • Track and mix with the legendary Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb, using the same algorithms as the original hardware
    • Employ eight classic reverb programs and one chorus program on drums, vocals, guitars, and more
    • Use the Plate and Concert programs for vintage '80s sounds
    • Mix with presets from famous Lexicon 224 users Chuck Zwicky (Prince), Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel), and others
    • A Breakthrough in Emulation.

    It uses the same exact algorithms and control processor code from the original hardware version.

    This plug-in version captures all eight reverb and chorus programs they actually used the original input transformers and AD/DA 12-bit gain stepping converters. I must say the DA 12-bit gain stepping converters was a brilliant idea for (I'm going to make a guesstimated guess that this was what produced that luscious, silky sound that producers and engineers are all after.

    “Lexicon’s distinctive Bass/Mid split decay adjustments and Crossover control set the highly tunable reverb image, while the Treble Decay rolls off high frequencies. Use the Depth control to adjust the distance between source and reverb, while Pre-delay produces a short delay between the sound source and the onset of reverberation. Diffusion affects how quickly the echo density in the reverb builds up over time.” Amazing!

    Courtesy of Universal Audio

    ** P.S. Please Universal Audio, can you design a controller that we can all connect to our universal audio          interface based studios so that we can control this amazing plug-gin via a small box that simulates the original lexicon 224 reverb controller!😀

     

    I hope you have all enjoyed my review on this amazing  plug-in and and the advantages it brings us in our mixing and production techniques. I personally will use it from now on.

    Feel free to email us with your questions and we will be happy to answer them if we can. And please do not forget to subscribe to our blog so that you can receive updates and reviews, and to receive discount coupons for our (scitscat) store.

     Truly yours

    Diego L

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    Diego's Corner BLOG no. 2 - Universal Audio’s Ocean Way Studios — The World’s First Dynamic Room Modeling Plug‑in. 0

    Hello friends

    Thank you for checking out our Weekly blog.

    I know I told you all that I would be discussing this week how to set up Console so it will send a headphone/cue mix to your artists with effects like reverb, delay etc., and zero latency!, But I had to do this following review sooner than expected. I Think you will enjoy as much as I have learning rising this plug-in I'm about to discuss

    Today I will be discussing Universal Audio’s Ocean Way Studios — the world’s first dynamic room modeling plug‑in.

    Here's an illustration of what the plug‑in looks like.

     

    What is Ocean Way Studios:

    Ocean Way Studios is a legendary studio located on Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood. Many famous artists have recorded numerous hits there. Because of its rooms, their size, their sound, and how they capture recordings, has made this recording studio a landmark. They have an immense List of equipment that are standards in the recording industry. Their amazing collection of microphones and gear have made their sound impeccable and unique. And this is where Universal Audio comes in with their Ocean Way studios remodeling plug-in.

    Universal Audio’s Ocean Way Studios — the world’s first dynamic room modeling plug‑in, is an amazing breakthrough!

    For recording enthusiasts as myself and probably some of you, this plug-in is a dream come true.  All though we may not all have the luxury and budget to record our music and/or our artists in a beautiful sounding place as is this, anyone can now with the invention of this plug-in, a universal audio interface, and this plug‑in installed, have access not only to Ocean Way Studio’s amazing microphone collection, but also their rooms and mic placement techniques. I say techniques because they also give you presets which you can use as a starting point.

    The plug‑in allows you to pick and choose from their collection, which microphone, at what distance, and various positions in the room you choose.

    Basically here are the main options you get with this plug‑in,

    1. a) Record live or mix through Ocean Way Recording’s legendary Studio A and Studio B
    2. b) Use “best of the best” vintage microphones from Allen Sides’ world-renowned collection
    3. c) Choose among Allen Sides’ favorite room positions with 8 source types, for stunningly accurate sound dispersion behaviors
    4. d) Position, blend, and process three mic pairs (Near / Mid / Far) in real time
    5. e) Retain mic bleed, proximity, and other naturally occurring behaviors for realism far beyond other reverb/ambience plug-ins
    6. f) Re-mic loops and soft synths to bring them to life

    Included Mic Models

    OW-47 (Neumann U 47)

    OW-12 #1 (AKG C12)

    OW-12 #2 (AKG C12)

    OW-49 (Neumann M 49)

    OW-269 (Neumann M 269)

    OW-800 (Allen Sides’ prototype Sony C800G)

    OW-50 (Neumann M 50)

    OW-K53 (Neumann KM 53)

    OW-K54 (Neumann KM 54)

    OW-55 (Sony C55P)

    OW-K3A (RCA KU-3A)

    OW-57U3 (Shure SM57 Unidyne II

    OW-47

    For over 70 years, the Neumann U 47 has stood the test of time as the ultimate studio mic. Allen Sides has acquired — and sold — more than 400 U 47s, and the OW-47 is based on his favorite, serial number 2679. The OW-47 expertly emulates the original mic’s large condenser K47 capsule and a VF14 tube, giving you the same mind-blowing detail and legendary sonics for acoustic instruments and vocals.

    OW-12 #1

    Released in 1953, the AKG C12 is almost always Sides’ choice as a drum overhead. It’s also his prefered mic for lush, breathy vocals. One of the most complex and intricate large-diaphragm condenser capsules ever made, the OW-12 #1 emulation is an exacting model of this classic, even capturing its classic 10 kHz-ish “bump” and high-end sheen and sparkle without accentuating sibilance.

    OW-12 #2

    This AKG C12 is warmer and smoother than #1, highlighting the varying flavors of this classic, as it could be custom-tuned at the AKG factory to achieve different sensitivities and frequency response curves. The OW-12 #2 captures this favorite, the same one Sides’ used to record Frank Sinatra’s vocals on his 1984 album, LA is My Lady, as well as the all-star choir for 1985’s "We Are The World."

    OW-49

    Based on the Neumann M 49 — a slightly smoother, less-colored sounding U 47 due to a more transparent headbasket — the OW-49 faithfully emulates this late-’50s Ocean Way favorite. This mic has been used to track vocalists from Neil Diamond and Barbara Streisand to Phil Collins and Joni Mitchell.

    OW-269

    The Neumann M 269 was designed for the German broadcast market and is a variation of the Neumann U 67, using a AC701k tube instead of an EF86 and offering a variable pattern switch. Notable artists that recorded with the M 269 at Ocean Way include Kenny Loggins, Little Richard, Alanis Morissette, and Johnny Rivers.

    OW-800

    Allen Sides and Ocean Way were involved in the very early development of the famed Sony C800G mic, and Sides was given two C800G prototypes for listening tests. The OW-800 emulation captures the prototype’s slightly warmer character than a production C800G.

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    I did my own experiment with just a basic drum kit, bass guitar, and some guitar licks.

              

    I used the Ocean Way Studios plug‑in as a reverb auxiliary and sent all the instruments to it. I then gave all the Instruments room tone to taste. Needless to say I was blown away with the outcome of this test and the overall sound it helped me achieve in my little Experiment. I tried the mix with the plug-in active, and and in bypass Mode. Definitely the mix with the Ocean Way studio active had a bigger Space and nice Live sound.

    I have experimented with convolution reverbs in the past, but the options and choices that this plug-in offers you, make it a winner in my book and collection of plug-ins. Also the fact that it allowed me to save on my real estate as far as CPU and my computer was a big plus!

    Unfortunately the only downside of this plug-in, which really it does not have any, is the fact that we have to have a universal audio interface. So if you are considering upgrading or getting an interface, this may be a good reason to do so.

    I hope you have enjoyed my review on this amazing  plug-in and what it can bring to your mixing techniques and arsenal of plug-ins. I know it is a winner in my collection and I will continue using it in my future projects.

    Feel free to email us with your questions and we will be happy to answer them if we can. And please do not forget to subscribe to our blog so that you can receive updates and reviews, and to receive discount coupons for our (scitscat) store.

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    videos

    https://www.uaudio.com/uad-plugins/all-plugins/ocean-way-microphone-collection.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8MK2y1wS7M

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    Truly yours

    Diego L 

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