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Universal Audio's Plug-Ins Blue Springs MO

Universal Audio introduced some newplug-ins for the UAD2 platform. Read on and get the useful information for you home studio.

DataUnite
(816) 421-7783
790 SW US Hwy 40 #114
Blue Springs, MO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, Yamaha, Panasonic, Sharp, Infocus, Da-lite, Niles, Russound, PSB, Hitachi, Middle Atlantic
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Clint Miller, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Independence Audio-Video
(816) 252-9782
16208 E 23rd St
Independence, MO
 
SoundFX
(816) 753-7799
4451 Belleview Avenue
Kansas City, MO
 
Elevated Electronics
(816) 332-6164
8413 Wornall Rd Elevated Electronics
Kansas City, MO
 
Automated Lifestyles
(816) 455-4755
5823 N. College Ave.
Gladstone, MO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains
Brands
Crestron; Lutron HomeWorks; Runco; Vimco; FutureSmart Systems; Enerzone; Samsung; Triad; Toshiba; Speakercraft; ReQuest Multimedia; Atlantic Technology; DirecTV; Panasonic; Middle Atlantic; Stewart FilmScreen and more!
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jason Brewer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Shawn Rolofson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

National Auto Sound, Inc.
(816) 356-8700
11001 E. US 40 Highway
Independence, MO
 
Independence Audio
(816) 252-9782
16208 E 23 Street Independence Audio
Independence, MO
 
ArchiTronics, LLC
(816) 471-6385
1215 Swift Ave.Ste. A
N. Kansas City, MO
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Pete Stacy, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Diversified Solutions Group, Inc.
(816) 455-2933
PO Box 34513
Kansas City, MO
 
Audio Mart
(913) 648-1333
10330 State Line Road
Leawood, KS
 

Universal Audio's Plug-Ins

Universal Audio introduced some newplug-ins for the UAD2 platform during2009, which are well worth coveringdue to their appropriateness for mixing.

0.00TridentTRIDENT A-RANGE EQ

This EQ is all about character. It emulatesthe inductor-based design of the original, including the quirky ability tocreate really unusual curves. Part of this isdue to the lowpass and high pass filters;there are buttons for three different cut off sper filter, but you can enable morethan one button at a time, which steepens the cutoff and changes the overallcharacter. Of the four main bands (highshelf, low shelf, and two bandpass),your choices are limited: four frequenciesper band, and a boost/cut slider(no Q)—but they can also interact ininteresting ways. The chosen Q is mild,so you can boost without the soundgetting “annoying;” the cut seems moredramatic than the boost.

I feel the A-Range EQ is at its bestwhen used subtly, as it can add characterwithout creating an obvious“EQed” sound. It’s not a replacementfor a “surgical” parametric EQ, butthere’s a reason why the Trident ARangeEQ is held in such high regardby mixdown engineers; in typical UAfashion, they’ve brought that analogquality to the digital word.

 

0.00fatsoEL7 FATSO

Fatso is one of those “magic wonderboxes” and again, UA has nailed whatthe original is all about—but also gonefurther, by including a “Fatso Sr.” versionwith additional controls for tweaking compression that aren’t inthe hardware version. Part satur at or and part compressor, Fatso can makedrums bigger, basses rounder, andvocals stronger

It’s important to compare thepeaks with bypassed and processedversions, as the effect can be subtlebut if the output control is up, you’llbe fooled into thinking it’s more exaggerated.Of course, you can makeFatso into a caricature of “fat” sounds,but to my ears it’s at its best whenused to add a few pounds rather thangoing the obesity route.

Fatso is quite complex, as there are multiple elements and they all interactto some degree—for example, theTranny (transformer) option adds anentirely different quality to whateverelse is dialed in. Fortunately, there’s asolid collection of presets that you canuse without even knowing how Fatsoworks “under the hood.”

To get into all of Fatso’s detailswould take a couple pages, so here’sthe bottom line: Anyone who’s a fan of“the analog sound” but uses digital because of cost and conveniencewill welcome what Fatso brings totracks. The careful control of distortion,tape saturation emulation,“transformer sound,” and a very“analog-like” compressor can bed own right magical for smoothing out any of digital’s rough edges.Granted this is Universal Audio’sforte, but even so, this is a veryimpressive plug-in.

 

0.00EMT250EMT 250

The EMT 250 is the antidote tocrummy-sounding digital reverbs.It really does have that “plate/analogquality,” even though the originalwasn’t a mechanical plate, butan early digital reverb. When I firstcalled this up, waves of nostalgiakicked in—few digital reverbs trulycapture the wa...

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