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 Ultra Analog VA-2 by Applied Acoustics Systems is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Ultra Analog VA-1
Product Ultra Analog VA-2
Developer Applied Acoustics Systems
Price (MSRP) $199
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Ultra Analog offers 32 voices of polyphony and its highly adaptable signal path is driven by two super rich, alias free oscillators featuring standard waveforms, sub oscillators, hard sync, and integrated pitch envelopes. Two multimode filters with distortion are then applied to shape its sonic character. Finally, carefully chosen modulation options are provided by two syncable comprehensive LFOs, four loopable velocity sensitive ADSR envelope generators and vibrato.

Feature Highlights:

  • 32 voice polyphonic virtual analog synthesizer.
  • Entirely based on physical modeling for outstanding sound quality.
  • Top quality preset library.
  • Real time calculation of sound - no samples.
  • 32-bit floating point internal processing.
  • Audio bit-depth and sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz.
  • Integrated audio recorder to capture performance on the fly.
  • Integrated browser and locate function for easy navigation and organization of presets.
  • Import/Export functions for easy sharing of presets.
  • Unlimited undo/redo capability.
  • Standalone operation - no host application required.
  • Standard plugin formats support.
  • Full audio and MIDI hardware support.
  • Simultaneous operation of multiple MIDI ports.
  • MIDI automation and program change support.
  • User defined MIDI maps with MIDI Learn.
  • Module initialization and bypass.
  • High quality integrated master effects: chorus, delay and reverb.
  • MIDI Clock, tap and host tempo synchronization.
  • Dynamic voice allocation and CPU overhead protection.
Discussion: Active

Discussion

29 October 2013 at 7:25pmariston

Heck, your in-depth, knowledgeable and utterly "pro" review convinced me Jimmie. Off to buy UA 2 now.

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30 October 2013 at 2:38pmariston

Hey Jimmie, it's not your English that's the problem, I think your English is fine. A review is supposed to be more than "gosh, it's great, I love it", though. That's merely an opinion; a review is supposed to be informative, which means that you should write about why and how you came to this conclusion. The only information I can glean from your "review" is that you like it - now why the hell would I need to know that? Sorry if this sounds personal, but I think that the KVR review section could be such a treasure trove of information, and yet it gets abused time and again. Maybe you should read the KVR guidelines for submitting reviews.

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30 October 2013 at 6:02pmariston

Okay, that's fair enough. Sorry if I was a bit too harsh, I realize there was no bad intent. On the subject of UA2: I really wish it had been more awesome, because all they did was give it a makeover, instead of enhancing it and adding features. It is what it was... a nice synth that's been overtaken by the modern posse (Diva, Synth Squad, Monark, etc.)

29 October 2013 at 8:53pmnoou

IMO, VA-2 sounds exactly the same as VA-1 (except for the new fx), that is not very analog at all.
It's a shame that, after all this time, they only refurbished the GUI and the fx, while leaving the synthesis engine out.

30 October 2013 at 9:25pmdigitalboytn

Yes Sir..They did the same thing with Lounge Lizard too...They gave it a new GUI and a few FX,but it is essentially the same as the previous version...Not really an upgrade at all...Just a coat of paint :)

1 November 2013 at 6:23amplanetearth

Does anyone know for a fact that Ultra Analog VA-2 and Lounge Lizard EP-4 are really just "re-treads"? It was my understanding AAS had been working on them a while, and made some improvements. Now, I'm starting to wonder.

Admittedly, now that I read the Website, it appears the "new" stuff is mostly the effects. The sounds themselves come from a "renewed factory library" for UA VA-2 and a "new" factory library for LL EP-4. Not really sure what that means, other than they got rid of some of the older, cheesier sounds for UA VA-2. LL EP-3 was okay (though not my "go-to" for EP sounds); I'm not sure how many "new" electric piano sounds you can model--or really need to, for that matter.

Ultimately, what's important here is that the two OPs were able to resolve an obvious misunderstanding. I've been guilty of doing a quick "opinion piece" when I should have written a review, too.

23 January 2014 at 9:49pmdigitalboytn

The sound engines are exactly the same...All they did was add a few FX and a new GUI...They didn't gut the building...They just painted it on the outside :)

24 January 2014 at 2:11amplanetearth

Nice analogy.

I downloaded the UA VA-2 demo, and while it doesn't seem that much different from what I had, it's not bad. I would have gotten it on sale, but I doubt I would have paid full price for what amounted to a "new coat of paint"...and some nice effects. ;)

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