Universal Audio Announces New Products at AES 2003

Oct 14, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Universal Audio announced at AES 2003 the 2-1176 (shown), a new dual mono/stereo 1176LN Limiting Amplifier. The 2-1176 retains all of the features and functionality of the company's 1176LN, and switches easily between dual-mono and true linked stereo. The 2-1176 builds from the circuit design of the company's 6176 Channel Strip and combines two 1176 channels from that unit.

"After over 35 years as the go-to professional compressor, customers are still telling us they can't get enough 1176LNs for their mixes and that they love strapping two 1176s together for stereo operation," said Matt Ward, president of Universal Audio. "The 2-1176 is the best of both worlds with two fully independent channels of 1176LN and a stereo adaptor in one box, so in addition to providing true stereo operation, it's an economical way to add two more 1176LNs to your studio rack."

At the show, the company also released the 2192 Master Audio Interface, a 1U, 2-channel 24-bit AD/DA with master reference clock, provides simple front-panel controls, supports sample rates up to 192k, and transcodes between AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT in real time, with both single- and dual-wire AES modes.

"What really sets the 2192 apart from other AD/DA converter designs," said Universal Audio VP of engineering Joe Bryan, "is its discrete, Class-A analog circuitry, which yields not only exceptional detail, transient response and image stability, but, most importantly, retains all of the magical analog warmth and character of the original source across multiple sample rates."

The 2192 offers a low noise floor of -145 dBFS and a dynamic range over 122 dB. The 2192 also offers flexibility in clocking, signal routing and monitoring. A signal can run into the analog inputs at sample rates ranging from 44.1k to 192k, and then simultaneously output to AES/EBU (single- or dual-wire), S/PDIF and ADAT (with industry-standard S-MUX interleaving for sample rates above 48 kHz). The selectable output monitor controls any of the digital inputs or the analog input with no interruption to the transcoding.

The Universal Audio 2192 is now available for a MSRP of U.S. $2,795.

The company also released the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer in TDM plug-in format for the Digidesign Pro Tools|HD and 24 |Mix systems. The Pultec EQP-1A has been available on the Universal Audio UAD-1 DSP card platform for more than a year.

The Pultec EQP-1A Plug-In is a faithful electronic reproduction of the legendary hardware equalizer using the company's proprietary "virtual circuit" modeling techniques. It supports sample rates of 44.1 to 192k. All of the unique features of the original hardware EQ are included in the plug-in. All front-panel controls are included on the user interface, including accurate modeling of knob tapers.

The UA Pultec EQP-1A for Pro Tools TDM systems is now available for a MSRP of U.S. $395. The Pultec EQP-1A is also available in a new UA Studio Bundle along with the 1176LN/SE and LA-2A Compressors for $995. Universal Audio is offering rebates to TDM customers from October `1, 2003, to December 31, 2003, for purchase of a $50 rebate for any single TDM plug-in; a $100 rebate for any two TDM plug-ins (compressor bundle counts as two); and a $150 rebate for buying all three TDM plug-ins (the Compressor Bundle counts as two and the Studio Bundle counts as three).

For more, visit Universal Audio online at www.uaudio.com.

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