NAMM 2015: Universal Audio Announces Expanded Software for Apollo Line
Universal Audio continues to fine-tune and expand the functionality of its Apollo line of interfaces with the announcement of UAD 8.0 software. This point-0 update brings some significant improvements and additional functionality that many Apollo users have been waiting for patiently (some more patiently than others). With 8.0, users can now “mix and match” between different versions of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo interfaces, connecting any models via Thunderbolt. This will add not only additional I/O capabilities, but increase the total amount of available DSP for Universal Audio’s UAD plug-ins. With it, you can combine up to four Apollo units (mix and match). On top of this, you can also integrate UAD-2 Thunderbolt Satellites to your setup, with a limit of six total UAD-2 devices (including your Apollo configuration). It should be noted that adding Thunderbolt Satellites will increase your DSP power during mixing and will not increase your plug-in count for the Console app.
Speaking of the Console app, UAD 8.0 sees it updated to its 2.0 iteration, with a bevy of improvements. Out of the gate, it is now Retina display compatible, to the relief of MacBook users. On the more functional side of things, you can now save your UAD plug-ins as Channel Strip presets, allowing you to quickly recall your favorite vocal or guitar recording chain of multiple plug-ins at once. UA has also added preset auditioning and drag-and-drop functionality for improved workflow, as well as per-input options for monitoring or recording through your selected plug-ins. This update will be available to all Apollo users.
You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.
The new UAD 8.0 software is expected to be released Spring 2015.