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Sonic Cat releases “Chord Sketcher – Algorithmic composition” for Windows

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Sonic Cat has released Chord Sketcher – Algorithmic Composition. Chord Sketcher is an Algorithmic composition tool. All instruments are selected randomly, and all notes are created by a specially [Read More]

Universal Audio Introduces Apollo Twin USB for Windows Systems

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Universal Audio has announced the Apollo Twin USB High-Resolution Desktop Interface with Realtime UAD Processing for Windows-based recording systems using USB 3. The 2×6 USB audio interface combines [Read More]

Universal Audio just made an Apollo Twin that does Windows, thanks to USB3

Monday, September 14th, 2015


If you’re a Windows user who’s been jealous of Universal Audio’s Apollo Twin interface and audio DSP platform, times are about to change.

For those of you just joining us, Universal Audio’s box is special in that it’s a compact, accessibly-priced entry into the UAD line. As an audio interface, it’s just one of the better pieces of gear out there (in terms of fidelity and reliability). And it runs all UAD’s top-notch plugins, too, opening up a window to a lot of analog emulation.

The Apollo Twin is a high-performance box, but it demands Thunderbolt — and it’s OS X only. The Apollo Twin USB DUO works over USB instead. You need USB3, Windows 7 or 8.1 or later.

The DUO gives you the DSP horsepower you need, and the whole package has an estimated street of US$ 899. For that, you get two channels of mic/line inputs, one of which is a Hi-Z instrument in, and six channels of outs (monitor, headphone, line 3-4), plus ADAT and S/PDIF ins. The price tag is hefty by audio interface standards, but this is a high-end interface with excellent pre’s that also runs DSP for signal processing.

And that’s especially useful on the Apollo Twin, in that you can track in real-time through UAD’s plug-ins. That means for singers and instrumentalists the ability to use the Apollo Twin as a creative studio tool or even onstage, adding compressors, EQs, preamp and guitar amp models, and tape simulations while you play, with sub-2ms latency. To me, this is what moves the needle from “kind of annoying to need a DSP platform to add effects” to “oh, that’s what hardware DSP is for.”


As with the Mac edition, you get some plug-ins to get you started — legacy versions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, 610-B. “Legacy” as these may be, they’re good stuff — though if you really want to use the UA platform, be prepared for a not-insignificant investment in more plug-ins, even with various bundles.

The UAD plug-ins as always work for various hosts, including Pro Tools — you get VST, RTAS, and AAX 64 on Windows.

Now, the bad news: the USB version works only on Windows. I had hoped the Apollo Twin USB would be a way to shuttle a mobile interface between machines — for instance, it’s great to go the PC route for a desktop computer and then plug into a MacBook on the road. That’s not an option here. And that means you should take a hard look at some other high-end interfaces: RME’s, for instance, are cross-platform.

I’ve asked UA for some clarification on that issue, and will report back on what I hear.



And the associated plug-ins:



Universal Audio’s Latest Audio Hardware, Software Comes of Age Nicely

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Produce RnB updates Urban Complex VST/AU for Windows and MAC

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Produce RnB has updated the Urban Complex VST/AU for Windows and MAC. The update introduces new synth sounds in addition to new live drum samples. The Urban Complex VST 1.3.1 drum module now [Read More]

Schema Factor releases 64-bit version of MIDIMapperX 2.0 – Free MIDI Mapping VST for Windows

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Schema Factor has released a 64-bit version of MIDIMapperX. MIDIMapperX is a VST that allows the user to map any MIDI Note On/Off or CC event to an arbitrary sequence of bytes. This allows the [Read More]

Syntheway updates Virtual Sitar to v1.1 for Windows

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Syntheway has updated Virtual Sitar to v1.1. Changes: Added MIDI Channel selector button on graphical user interface and assigned a MIDI CC number. Minor changes in graphical user interface. [Read More]

Tone2 updates Gladiator for Windows to v2.5

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Tone2 Audio has updated the Windows version of Gladiator to v2.5. Enhancements: Windows 10 and Windows 8 compatibility. Enhanced stability. Enhanced performance. Enhanced compatibility. Slightly [Read More]

Klevgränd releases PressIt Multiband Compressor for iPad, Mac OS X and Windows with Intro Offer

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

This autumn, the Swedish plugin makers Klevgränd Produktion will release one new product per month, and it all starts with PressIt. PressIt is a multi-band compressor shaped from the DNA of [Read More]

rf Music releases Destroyer 3 – Multi-FX VST Plugin for Windows

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

rf Music has released Destroyer 3, a Multi-FX VST plug-in for Windows. Destroyer 3 is a collection of effects gathered in a single plugin with a designed to be easy to use interface and flexible [Read More]

NSD releases Circlys MIDI Loop Recorder for Windows (VST 32/64-bit)

Friday, September 4th, 2015

NSD has announced the release of Circlys, an eight track MIDI loop recorder VST plugin for Windows. Circlys records MIDI data even when the transport of the host sequencer isn’t running. This [Read More]