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About Universal Audio

Universal Audio

Founded in 1958 by M.T. "Bill" Putnam Sr, the Universal Audio name and company have been synonymous with innovative recording products for more than 50 years.

Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarding as the father of modern recording. Putnam was the inventor of the modern recording console, the multi-band audio equalizer, and the vocal booth, and he was the first engineer to use artificial reverberation in commercial recording.

Alongside his friend Les Paul, Putnam was also involved in the early development of stereophonic recording. Several of Putnam’s designs became classics that are still used today, including the ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube-recording console.

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology, thus preserving the Universal Audio name, and adding the digital arm - UAD.

Several of Bill Sr.’s classic designs are again in production, as well as a host of digital solutions, most notable the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

What are UAD plugins?
Universal Audio’s UAD plugins feature the most authentic analog emulations in the industry. Universal Audio’s DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog. The UAD plugin’s are processed on proprietary DSP chips found on Universal Audio products such as the Duo UAD, Quad AUD and Apollo range.

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Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo Thunderbolt Interface
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo Thunderbolt Interface Please note: this unit requires a Thunderbolt cable; one is not provided with the unit.This Apollo Twin is the "Duo" model, containing two Universal Audio SHARC DSP processors for running onboard plugins.With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo Twin sets a new standard for desktop music production. This ...more
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$1149
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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface From now until June 30 2017, purchase and register any UA Apollo rack unit to receive free plugins from Studer, Lexicon, Fairchild and more. Click here for more information. Apollo 8 is an elegant update to one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces — delivering enhanced sound ...more
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$3799
Universal Audio Apollo 8 Duo Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
Universal Audio Apollo 8 Duo Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface From now until June 30 2017, purchase and register any UA Apollo rack unit to receive free plugins from Studer, Lexicon, Fairchild and more. Click here for more information. Apollo 8 is an elegant update to one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces — delivering enhanced ...more
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$2919
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Universal Audio Apollo Twin 2 Quad Thunderbolt Interface
Universal Audio Apollo Twin 2 Quad Thunderbolt Interface Please note: this unit requires a Thunderbolt cable; one is not provided with the unit.Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. Built upon ...more
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$1999
Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB 3 Interface for Windows
Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB 3 Interface for Windows With the highest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface, Apollo Twin USB gives you stellar 24-bit/192 kHz sound and breathtaking clarity. Its premium mic preamps and class-leading conversion translate into rich three-dimensional recordings with exceptional depth and punch. Digitally controlled analog monitor outputs provide full resolution audio ...more
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$1399
Universal Audio Apollo Twin 2 Duo Thunderbolt Interface
Universal Audio Apollo Twin 2 Duo Thunderbolt Interface Please note: this unit requires a Thunderbolt cable; one is not provided with the unit.Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. Built upon ...more
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$1499
Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface From now until June 30 2017, purchase and register any UA Apollo rack unit to receive free plugins from Studer, Lexicon, Fairchild and more. Click here for more information. The new Apollo 16 is an elegant update to UA’s premium audio interface — delivering enhanced sound with the ...more
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$4925
Universal Audio Apollo 8p Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
Universal Audio Apollo 8p Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface From now until June 30 2017, purchase and register any UA Apollo rack unit to receive free plugins from Studer, Lexicon, Fairchild and more. Click here for more information. Apollo 8p is a dramatic update to one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces, delivering enhanced sound ...more
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$4899
Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip Mic-Pre
Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip Mic-Pre A Classic Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176-Style Compressor in a Single Unit The 6176 Vintage Channel Strip combines the alluring, all-tube sounds of the legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 microphone preamp, with the signature FET compression of our 1176LN, to create the ultimate recording channel strip. The warm, ...more
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$3999
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Solo Thunderbolt Interface
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Solo Thunderbolt Interface This Apollo Twin is the "Solo" model, containing one Universal Audio SHARC DSP processor for running onboard plugins.Please note: this unit requires a Thunderbolt cable; one is not provided with the unit.With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo Twin sets a new standard for desktop music production. This ...more
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$899
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Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad
Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Quad The UAD-2 Satellite QUAD DSP Accelerator Package is the ultimate in UAD Powered Plug-Ins, with QUAD Processing Power, Analogue Classics Software Bundle, and a $50 Plug-In Voucher. The UAD-2 QUAD Satellite is Universal Audio’s most powerful processing package, giving producers and engineers full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins ...more
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$1199
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OPEN BOX Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB 3 Interface
OPEN BOX Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB 3 Interface DISPLAY STOCK, IN GREAT CONDITION. INCLUDES: ALL NEW-IN-BOX ACCESSORIES. CHECKED BY: NICK (BRISBANE).With the highest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface, Apollo Twin USB gives you stellar 24-bit/192 kHz sound and breathtaking clarity. Its premium mic preamps and class-leading conversion translate into rich three-dimensional recordings with exceptional ...more
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$1149
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Universal Audio LA-610MKII Classic Tube Recording Channel
Universal Audio LA-610MKII Classic Tube Recording Channel The UA LA-610 MkII is a classic tube microphone Preamp & LA-2A-Style Compressor in a Single Unit The LA-610 MkII combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design — heard on classic albums ranging from The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to Van Halen I — with authentic Teletronix ...more
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$2699
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Core DSP Accelerator
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Core DSP Accelerator The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library, including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. ...more
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$1199
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Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt Card Adapter
Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt Card Adapter The Thunderbolt™ Option Card for the Apollo and Apollo 16 audio interfaces provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection. Compatible with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology on the latest generation of iMacs® , MacBook® Pros, ...more
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$879
Universal Audio LA2A Classic Leveling Amplifier
Universal Audio LA2A Classic Leveling Amplifier Audio professionals revere the LA-2A. The original was immediately acknowledged for its smooth, natural compression characteristics. A unique tube-driven electro-optical attenuator system allows instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion — an accomplishment at the time, still appreciated today. This faithful Universal Audio reissue marks the ...more
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$5599
Universal Audio 4-710D Mic Preamp w/ Dynamics
Universal Audio 4-710D Mic Preamp w/ Dynamics Four Channels of Tone-Blending “Twin-Finity” Preamps and 1176-Style Compression with Built-In A/D Converters The Universal Audio 4-710d is a boutique quality, four-channel microphone/line preamplifier with unique tube and solid-state tone blending capabilities — perfect for a wide range of microphone and instrument sources. This versatile multi-channel preamp ...more
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$3399
Universal Audio 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier
Universal Audio 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier The UA 1176LN is a classic limiting amplifier featuring FET-Style Compressor with Class A Output & Custom Transformers — True to the Original. The 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier is a modern reproduction, yet every effort was made to remain faithful to UA founder Bill Putnam Sr.’s visionary design and ...more
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$3399
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate DSP Accelerator
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate DSP Accelerator The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library, including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. ...more
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$8799
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Universal Audio Solo 610 Classic Tube Mic Pre/DI
Universal Audio Solo 610 Classic Tube Mic Pre/DI The SOLO/610 is an all-tube 610 Console mic preamp in a rugged “go anywhere” unit. The SOLO/610 delivers the classic Putnam 610 tube console sound in a rugged, highly versatile mic preamp design. This unit provides the silky, vintage warmth of the original console’s mic amp design, ...more
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$1599
Universal Audio Apollo Twin 2 Solo Thunderbolt Interface
Universal Audio Apollo Twin 2 Solo Thunderbolt Interface Please note: this unit requires a Thunderbolt cable; one is not provided with the unit.Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. Built upon ...more
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$1149
Universal Audio Octo "Core" UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator
Universal Audio Octo "Core" UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator With scalable processing power from eight individual analogue devices and SHARC processors, the UAD DSP OCTO Accelerator offers a big mixing horsepower “boost” to your host Mac or PC workstation. Ready to super-charge your Mac or PC tower with world-class analog sound? UAD-2 DSP OCTO Accelerator card provides full ...more
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$1799
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UAD-2 Satellite USB Octo Core DSP Accelerator
UAD-2 Satellite USB Octo Core DSP Accelerator The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library, including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. ...more
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$1799
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UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Custom DSP Accelerator
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Custom DSP Accelerator The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library, including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. ...more
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$1799
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Universal Audio 710 TwinFinity Tube & Solid State Mic Pre/DI
Universal Audio 710 TwinFinity Tube & Solid State Mic Pre/DI The UA 710 is a twin-finity™ tone-blending Mic Preamplifier & DI Box. The unit features 100% Tube to 100% Solid State and is a variable tone Blending Mic Preamp & DI. The award-winning 710 Twin-Finity™ is a radically new UA mic preamp design that combines both the classic ...more
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$1349
UAD-2 Satellite USB OCTO Custom DSP Accelerator
UAD-2 Satellite USB OCTO Custom DSP Accelerator The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library, including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. ...more
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$2299
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Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad & $50 UA voucher
Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad & $50 UA voucher The UAD-2 QUAD PCI is Universal Audio’s most powerful processing package, giving producers and engineers full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC. This DSP accelerator package includes several of Universal Audio’s most popular “analogue classic” plug-ins — the LA-2A and 1176 ...more
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$1199
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Universal Audio 2-610S Dual Channel Tube Preamplifier
Universal Audio 2-610S Dual Channel Tube Preamplifier The legendary, Bill Putnam Sr. designed, UA 610 modular console is particularly well noted for its preamplifier, and has left its imprint on countless classic recordings from Frank Sinatra and Van Halen, to The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. The 2-610 builds on this foundation by adding enhanced, user-requested ...more
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$3499
Universal Audio UAD-2 Duo & $50 UA voucher
Universal Audio UAD-2 Duo & $50 UA voucher The UAD-2 DUO DSP is a professional, dual-processor that includes Analog Classics software bundle. The UAD-2 DUO DSP Accelerator is a workhorse of modern mixing, giving producers and engineers unrestricted access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC. This DSP Accelerator package includes several of Universal ...more
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$899
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Universal Audio UAD-2 Duo Flexi & $500 voucher
Universal Audio UAD-2 Duo Flexi & $500 voucher The UAD-2 DUO Flexi DSP Accelerator is fast becoming a staple of modern mixing, giving producers and engineers unrestricted access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC — plus a $500 plug-in voucher to build your own personalized bundle. This DSP Accelerator package includes several ...more
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$1099
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