Enjoy UAD Plug-ins Running Natively
UAD plug-ins perfectly model the best vintage gear and instruments used by your favorite artists, engineers, and producers for decades.
Now, the authentic analog sound of UAD plug-ins is available natively for Mac and Windows — no UA hardware required. Owners of Apollo interfaces can use included Apollo Realtime versions for recording with near-zero latency.
*Plug-in titles in UAD Spark do not include Apollo Realtime versions.
New! UAD Plug-In Bundles
UAD Diamond Edition
The flagship bundle of UAD plug-ins and instruments, serving up all the best audio tools at a great price.
Includes 23 UAD Plug-Ins from API, Moog, Studer, Lexicon and more
As well as 5 UAD Instruments, including synths, organ, and grand piano.
UAD MIX Edition
All of the most authentic plug-in emulations of classic analog studio effects, for professional mixes with award-winning sound.
Includes 23 UAD plug-ins from Teletronix, Lexicon, Pultec, Studer, API, and more.
UAD Creative Edition
Inspiring instruments and world-class creative effects for modern artists, producers, and beatmakers.
Includes 5 UAD Instruments, including synths, organ, and grand piano
And 5 UAD plug-ins, including reverb, delay, and new Waterfall Rotary Speaker.
UAD Plug-Ins Now Available Natively
Reverbs, Delay & Modulation
Using the exact algorithms and control processor code from the original hardware, the Lexicon 224 plug-in precisely captures all eight legendary reverb programs and the chorus program — based on the Lexicon 224’s final and hard-to-find firmware version 4.4. The Lexicon 224 plug-in also incorporates the original hardware’s input transformers and early AD/DA 12-bit gain stepping converters.
The two reverb chambers built into Hitsville’s attics were essential to Motown’s exciting sound. Universal Audio completely captured their distinct character — with help from the original Motown engineers who built them — so you can put yourself inside these legendary spaces.
Just like the vintage hardware, use Studio D Chorus’ push buttons in any combination for a colorful palette of subtle thickening. Engage all four buttons at once and you get a beautiful chewy modulation texture that works on any instrument.
Whereas some chorus units sound unnatural and “tacked on,” the Brigade Chorus gets inside your sources with high-caloric chorus thick enough to spoon out of your speakers. On stereo tracks and buses, Brigade’s classic mode can be used exactly as the original — left side dry, right side affected. But with the “plug-in only” dual mode, Brigade acts as if two pedals are patched in — giving you an immersive left/right spread that must be heard to be believed.
The Galaxy Tape Echo keeps the controls of the original hardware, and adds some for modern workflows. Use the original Mode Selector for various head combinations, Repeat Rate for timing control, and Intensity for repeats and self-oscillation. The Echo/Normal switch mutes the signal to the echo, while global Bass and Treble let you season to taste. New features include Tempo Sync, Pan controls for reverb and delay, and Tape Select, for varying delay timbres. By capturing the eccentricities of the original, and adding enhancements along the way, the Galaxy Tape Echo is a tool of infinite creativity.
Whether you’re tracking in realtime using an Apollo interface, or mixing in your DAW, Pure Plate Reverb’s intuitive controls deliver musical results for beginners and pros alike. The ultra-effective Baxandall-type Bass and Treble controls sculpt the timbre of the reverb, while the Low Cut Hz input filters and Pre Delay further season the reverb’s character. Finally, the Balance control lets you place your “space” perfectly in the stereo spectrum. No matter the source, Pure Plate Reverb gives you the rich analog dimension and depth of an old-school plate reverb system.
The Type 147’s tube power amp is a huge part of its fat sound, and Waterfall Rotary captures all of it, giving your tracks the rich overtones and harmonics that other rotary speaker emulations lack for unmatched realism. Simply place it on an insert or aux channel, and mix with legendary effects used on thousands of hits.
Preamps, EQ & Tape
With a click of the new EQ Type button, the API Vision Channel Strip lets you choose between the revered 550L 4-band parametric EQ and API’s famous 560L series 10-band graphic EQ. The new 560L EQ emulation captures the complex band interactions and musical filter amp distortions of API’s coveted hardware, letting you quickly sweeten and shape guitars, add aggression to drums, and push vocals forward with analog punch, low-end transparency, and ultra-tight imaging.
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.
Whether you’re tracking in realtime using an Apollo interface or mixing in your DAW, Oxide’s intuitive controls deliver musical results for beginners and pros alike. Just select IPS (inches per second), EQ, and noise reduction settings, and tweak input and output controls to taste. By emulating fat tape compression and colorful circuit behaviors, Oxide gives your tracks the cohesive glue that only analog tape can provide.
Just like magnetic tape, you can dial in a clean sound, or just the right amount of harmonic saturation using the Studer A800’s Input and Output controls. The IPS control steps through tape speed choices (7.5, 15, or 30 IPS), each with distinct frequency shift, head bump and distortion characteristics. The tape Type control lets users choose from four of the most popular magnetic tape formulas — each with their own subtle sonic variation. There is also a secondary set of controls like Noise, EQ, and Bias for an even more jaw-dropping palette of tape textures.
Add vibrancy and depth to vocals, guitars, and keys — the important “power region” of your mix — with the MEQ-5’s two bands of mid boost and single band of midrange dip, complete with unique filter interactions of the vintage hardware.
With just two controls, the HLF-3C will give you retro, lo-fi effects on your vocals and instruments, or let you surgically remove troublesome frequencies like excessive hiss and rumble that can build up and muddy your mixes.
From vocals and drums, to bass and keyboards, the Hitsville EQ plug-in makes everything sound better with simple seven-band equalization, giving your tracks the hit-making frequencies that made Motown records jump out of the speakers. Finish off your tracks with the world’s only emulation of Hitsville’s ultra-rare mid/side disk mastering EQ. Hear how the legendary “Motown Filters” and half-speed frequency settings give your productions the fat, vintage hi-fi sound and energy of a classic single, hot off the Motown production line. Hitsville, indeed.
Poring over proprietary “for-your-eyes-only” schematics made available to Universal Audio by API, UA’s team of DSP experts analyzed two classic API 2500s — rackmount and in-console — ensuring one of UA’s tightest behavioral circuit models to date. Working together with API’s engineers, we scrutinized every facet of the plug-in against its analog counterpart, delivering the definitive representation of this iconic compressor. Early beta testing with UA artists confirmed that the plug-in ranks among the most accurate analog emulations in UA history.
The 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations to the original 1176. The Rev A “Bluestripe” represents the original Putnam FET limiter design, complete with its higher distortion and unique FET gain amplifier characteristics. The Rev E “Blackface” covers the early ’70s Brad Plunkett “LN” (Low Noise) era, with variations including a more linear compression response, transistor gain amplification, and a change to the program dependence. The 1176AE provides UA’s rare 1176 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with exclusive mods — including its lower 2:1 compression ratio.
With a brushed aluminum panel and original T4B gain reduction module, this cherished late-1960s “Silver” version of the LA-2A, manufactured by Bill Putnam, is perhaps the most flexible of the three plug-ins in the collection. Its fast time constant makes it suitable for the widest variety of program material, including transient-rich sources like drums and percussion. Jim Lawrence’s original mid-1960s “Gray” version the LA-2A maintains a more average time constant, providing a range of “medium-speed” compression.
Simply open the Minimoog in your DAW and prepare to be inspired with the unmistakable growl, fatness, and rich distortion of Moog’s iconic ladder filters and oscillators, as well as detailed modeling of the Minimoog’s pitch tracking anomalies. Even the “feedback” effect of looping the Minimoog’s output to the input for varying degrees of distortion is faithfully reproduced. And by capturing the midrange punch, high-end presence, and sumptuous low end, the Minimoog UAD Instrument effortlessly blends into any mix — just like the original.
Opal is Universal Audio’s epic-sounding flagship synth that’s perfect for producers, sound designers, and musicians. This analog-meets-wavetable synth gives you huge-sounding morphing filters and powerful UA effects — yet always keeps you close to album-ready sounds, no matter how deep you explore. With onboard studio-quality UA effects like ambience and vintage spring reverbs, tape delay, modulation, and authentic 1176 audio compression, Opal makes any production fuller, and more professional sounding.
By emulating every last detail of this classic organ — including tube power amp saturation, transformer “pumping,” and rich, upper-harmonic drawbar interactions — Waterfall B3 gives you album-ready sounds heard on countless R&B, soul, rock, hip-hop, and gospel hits.
Only Waterfall B3 gives you the three-dimensional movement, speaker breakup, and full tonal range of the legendary “Type 147” rotary speaker cabinet, captured in all its glory using expertly placed vintage mic setups.
Designed to give you a professional, record-ready sound right out of the gate, Ravel’s easy-to-use interface lets you sculpt your piano sounds with three pairs of hand-chosen vintage mics from famed engineer Allen Sides’ mic locker. Featuring only the controls you need, Ravel ensures you’ll never get lost in confusing menus. Easily tweak Ravel’s Volume, Tone, and a microphone Close/Room slider, letting you go from intimate tones to a lush room sound, and everywhere in between.
PolyMAX is Universal Audio’s vintage-inspired synth that gives producers, sound designers, and musicians fat analog tones from the golden age of polysynthesis. PolyMAX’s warm, analog-modeled oscillators and filters, professional UA effects, and curated presets easily fit into any genre — with album-ready sounds instantly.
With onboard studio-quality UA effects like legendary digital “Hall B” reverb and analog phasers, flangers, and tape delay, PolyMAX makes any production shine with old-school synth cool.
Can't Decide What Plug-In To Get?
If you’ve ever had questions like “what are the best Universal Audio plugins for my session?” or “what are UA’s plugins modeled after?” or “what are the advantages to using LUNA?”, then look no further than Westlake Pro’s UAD Universe. The UAD Universe is a central hub of knowledge covering the history of Universal Audio, tips & tricks for using UA’s authentically analog plugins, and deep dives into LUNA, UA’s free Mac-based DAW.
Have Any Questions?
Still have questions about Universal Audio’s plug-ins?
Our Pros are glad to answer any questions you may have and help find the best option for you!
What do the new native plugins mean for existing owners? I can’t find details on what happens for us?
Do the plugins we currently own become native compatible? (for the select ones that are listed as “now available natively”)
Hey Jake – good question!
You can install the native versions for any UAD plugins you already own for free using the UA Connect app.
Click here for more details on installation and eligible plugins.
Pro Tip: Currently, native versions are installed as a separate plugin. Plugin instances will not switch between the UAD and native versions if you unplug your UAD device.
e.g. if you have a (dsp powered) 1176 plugin on your vocal track, add a native version of the plugin with duplicate settings before unplugging your UAD device, as you won’t be able to open the UAD version without an Apollo/Satellite connected.
That way, you’ll be able to edit/mix with the same vocal sound when you’re away from your UAD device – just don’t forget to bypass one of the plugins next time you plug in your UAD hardware!