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We at Miloco are ardent fans of the UAD platform and you will find UAD systems in many of our studios from writing rooms to our flagships . Here’s a selection of plugs that are our personal favourites, and make up in our opinion the top 5 UAD plugins.
Also if you are interested in the hardware versions of these units, many are available to demo so you can A/B for yourself, this along with great pricing across the whole range of UAD cards/bundles and Apollo interfaces. Get in touch with us today.
1. Magnetic Tape Plug-In Bundle – all of the joys of tape for those who think Azimuth was a character in Harry Potter.
For more than 30 years, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder and Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder have endured as the world’s most desired professional tape recording machines. As both sides of the legendary mixing/mastering coin, the celebrated “Studer and Ampex” combination provides warmth, presence, glue and low-end punch that only tape can provide.
Artists and engineers alike have long been attracted to the warm analog sound, punchy low-end, and overall presence of the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder. The sheer number of albums recorded on this legendary 2” analog tape machine serve as shining examples of the musicality of analog tape. This plug-in truly models the entire multitrack tape circuit path and electronics of a popular A800 machine from Allen Sides’ collection at Ocean Way Studios along with the distinct sounds of multiple tape formulas. This is possibly the most accurate simulation of professional multitrack analog tape recording.
Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In
Since its outset, the legendary two-channel Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder has turned music recordings into records. With its cohesive sound, punch, and ability to provide subtle-to-deep tape saturation, the ATR-102 is a key fixture in major recording and mastering studios and is considered by many engineers to be the best-sounding and most musical tape machine for final mixdown. The perfect partner to the workhorse Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder, the ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder plug-in provides the final “analog polish”, turning songs into finished records.
Created by Roland in 1973, the Space Echo has been adding wonderful tape character and chaos to performances and recordings since its outset from Pink Floyd to Bowie, countless reggae and dub albums, to more recent bands like Tame Impala. UA spent over a year developing their RE-201 Space Echo, fully capturing the physical behavior of this complex device, resulting with the RE-201 Space Echo plug-in s a truly a unique instrument unto itself, which sits happily in our list of top 5 UAD plugins.
The UA RE-201 Space Echo faithfully retains all the controls and features of the original, such as the Mode Selector for various head combinations, Repeat Rate for fine timing control, and Intensity which sets repeat count and allows the unit to achieve the famous self-oscillation. The all-important Echo/Normal “Dub” switch is retained for muting, as well as the simple tone controls. Last but certainly not least, the atmospheric shimmer of the Space Echo’s spring reverb is faithfully captured, putting this fantastic plug-in on par with the original unit as a tool of infinite creativity.
Universally regarded as a game changer for software emulation of an analog Eq, Universal Audio’s UAD Powered Plug-In versions of the Manley Massive Passive EQs represent UA’s most ambitious and detailed EQ model to date. The two-channel, four-band Manley Massive Passive tube EQ utilizes design strengths from console, parametric, graphic, and Pultec EQs — delivering a fundamentally new and different sounding EQ that is beyond compare. The incredibly natural, organic results of the Manley design demonstrate how the Massive Passive’s natural treatment of a signal lends itself to both radical tonal shaping or subtle mastering enhancement. Easily worthy of a place in our list of top 5 UAD plugins, it is an absolute UAD essential in our opinion if not much fun for those with a Duo card.
Universal Audio’s all-new Neve 1073 plug-in for Apollo and UAD-2 provides all the features, unique circuit behaviors, and coveted sound of Neve’s original hardware design. By modeling the dual-stage “Red Knob” preamp, revered three-band EQ, and post-fader output amplifier with obsessive detail, the Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ replicates the experience of the original 1970s hardware with stunning accuracy.
Like the hardware, the new Neve 1073 plug-in incorporates all 10 clipping points from the preamp and EQ circuitry, delivering trademark clarity, grit, and harmonically rich class-A saturation.
This remarkable bundle combines stellar emulations of two of the most sought-after and difficult to attain EMT® reverb units ever created into one.
German company EMT made a breakthrough in 1957 with the release of the EMT 140, which utilized a resonating metal plate to create ambience. Nothing is quite like the wonderfully lush and distinctive tone of plate reverb, which still endures as part of the fabric of modern music. Endorsed by EMT Studiotechnik GmbH, and painstakingly modeled by Universal Audio, this plug-in replicates the sonic signature of three uniquely different EMT 140s installed at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA.
Introduced in 1976, the EMT 250 is still regarded as one of the best-sounding hardware reverb units ever made. Its fan-base includes studio legends like George Massenburg, Bruce Swedien, Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno, and Allen Sides.