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Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Specifically, 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.

Putnam, a natural entrepreneur, started three audio product companies during his long career: Universal Audio, Studio Electronics, and UREI. All three companies built equipment that remains widely used decades after their introduction, including the ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube recording console. The 610 console in particular stands as one of the most beloved designs in audio history, used to record everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Van Halen's eponymous debut.

Re-founded in 1999.

Universal Audio 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. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our 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.

Nothing better represents the merging of our analog heritage and groundbreaking digital designs than the award-winning Apollo audio interface. Introduced in 2012, Apollo has become the new worldwide standard for professional music production, and has been used to record breakthrough albums by artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Coldplay, Dr. Dre, Brad Paisley, and many more.

With more than 200 employees, and offices in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Amsterdam, Universal Audio is headquartered near Silicon Valley in Scotts Valley, California. A few miles away in Santa Cruz is the Universal Audio Custom Shop, where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time.

Software or hardware, every Universal Audio product is backed by a decades long legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.

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LUNA API Vision Console Emulation Bundle
LUNA API Vision Console Emulation Bundle
API Bundle for Luna by Universal Audio
LUNA API Vision Console Emulation Bundle, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
macOSMac Universal 2 Binary (Arm64)Windows
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LUNA Pro Bundle
LUNA Pro Bundle
LUNA Pro Bundle, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
macOSMac Universal 2 Binary (Arm64)Windows VST3 Audio Unit
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UAD Analog Classics Pro Bundle
UAD Analog Classics Pro Bundle
Bundle by Universal Audio
UAD Analog Classics Pro Bundle, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UAD Custom 10 Bundle
UAD Custom 10 Bundle
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Custom 2+1 Bundle
UAD Custom 2+1 Bundle
Bundle by Universal Audio
UAD Custom 2+1 Bundle, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UAD Custom 3+2 Bundle
UAD Custom 3+2 Bundle
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Custom 6 Bundle
UAD Custom 6 Bundle
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Custom 76 Bundle
UAD Custom 76 Bundle
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Essentials Edition
UAD Essentials Edition
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Producer Edition
UAD Producer Edition
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Signature Edition
UAD Signature Edition
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UAD Studio Edition
UAD Studio Edition
Bundle by Universal Audio
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UADx 1176 Classic Limiter Collection
UADx 1176 Classic Limiter Collection
Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) by Universal Audio
1176LN / 1176SE Limiting Amplifier, Is available in Spark, UADx 1176 Classic Limiter Collection, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder
UADx Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder
Tape Emulation by Universal Audio
Mastering, UADx Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx API 2500 Bus Compressor
UADx API 2500 Bus Compressor
Mastering Buss Compressor by Universal Audio
API 2500 Bus Compressor, Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter), Is available in Spark, Mastering, UADx API 2500 Bus Compressor, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx API Vision Channel Strip
UADx API Vision Channel Strip
Channel Strip by Universal Audio
API Vision Channel Strip Collection, Is available in Spark, UADx API Vision Channel Strip, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx Avalon VT-737
UADx Avalon VT-737
Channel Strip Emulation by Universal Audio
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UADx Brigade Chorus
UADx Brigade Chorus
Chorus by Universal Audio
Is available in Spark, UADx Brigade Chorus, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx Capitol Chambers
UADx Capitol Chambers
Reverb Emulation by Universal Audio
UADx Capitol Chambers, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx Capitol Mastering Compressor
UADx Capitol Mastering Compressor
Dynamics by Universal Audio
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UADx Century Tube Channel Strip
UADx Century Tube Channel Strip
Channel Strip by Universal Audio
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UADx dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter
UADx dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter
Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) by Universal Audio
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UADx Electra 88 Vintage Keyboard Studio
UADx Electra 88 Vintage Keyboard Studio
Electric Piano by Universal Audio
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UADx Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
UADx Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
Compressor by Universal Audio
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UADx Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection
UADx Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection
Dynamics by Universal Audio
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UADx Galaxy Tape Echo
UADx Galaxy Tape Echo
UADx Galaxy Tape Echo, Universal Audio
macOSWindows VST VST3 Audio Unit AAX
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UADx Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
UADx Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection
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UADx Hitsville EQ Collection
UADx Hitsville EQ Collection
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UADx Hitsville Reverb Chambers
UADx Hitsville Reverb Chambers
Reverb by Universal Audio
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UADx LA-3A Compressor
UADx LA-3A Compressor
Dynamics by Universal Audio
UADx LA-3A Compressor, Universal Audio
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UADx LA‑6176 Signature Channel Strip
UADx LA‑6176 Signature Channel Strip
Channel Strip by Universal Audio
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UADx Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
UADx Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
Reverb by Universal Audio
UADx Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb, Universal Audio
macOSWindows VST VST3 Audio Unit AAX
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UADx Manley Labs Massive Passive EQ
UADx Manley Labs Massive Passive EQ
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UADx Manley Tube Preamp
UADx Manley Tube Preamp
Distortion by Universal Audio
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UADx Manley Variable Mu
UADx Manley Variable Mu
Dynamics by Universal Audio
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UADx Manley Voxbox Channel Strip
UADx Manley Voxbox Channel Strip
Channel Strip by Universal Audio
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UADx Moog Minimoog
UADx Moog Minimoog
Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) by Universal Audio
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UADx Opal Morphing Synthesizer
UADx Opal Morphing Synthesizer
Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) by Universal Audio
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UADx Oxide Tape Recorder
UADx Oxide Tape Recorder
Distortion by Universal Audio
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UADx PolyMAX Synthesizer
UADx PolyMAX Synthesizer
Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) by Universal Audio
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UADx Pultec Passive EQ Collection
UADx Pultec Passive EQ Collection
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UADx Pure Plate Reverb
UADx Pure Plate Reverb
Reverb by Universal Audio
UADx Pure Plate Reverb, Universal Audio
macOSWindows VST VST3 Audio Unit AAX
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UADx Ravel Grand Piano
UADx Ravel Grand Piano
Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) by Universal Audio
Is available in Spark, Ravel, UADx Ravel Grand Piano, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx Sound City Studios
UADx Sound City Studios
Reverb by Universal Audio
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UADx Studer A800 Tape Recorder
UADx Studer A800 Tape Recorder
Distortion by Universal Audio
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UADx Studio D Chorus
UADx Studio D Chorus
Modulation by Universal Audio
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UADx Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection
UADx Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection
Dynamics (Compressor / Limiter) by Universal Audio
Is available in Spark, LA-2A Leveling Amplifier, Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection, UADx Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx UA 175-B & 176 Tube Compressor Collection
UADx UA 175-B & 176 Tube Compressor Collection
Tube Compression by Universal Audio
UAD UA 175-B, UAD UA 175-B Collection, UADx UA 175-B and 176 Tube Compressor Collection, Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio
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UADx Waterfall B3 Organ
UADx Waterfall B3 Organ
Synth (Analogue / Subtractive) by Universal Audio
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UADx Waterfall Rotary Speaker
UADx Waterfall Rotary Speaker
Modulation by Universal Audio
Distortion, UADx Waterfall Rotary Speaker, Universal Audio
macOSWindows VST VST3 Audio Unit AAX
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Verve Analog Machines
Verve Analog Machines
analog effects by Universal Audio
Universal 2 Binary, Universal Audio, Verve Analog Machines
macOSMac Universal 2 Binary (Arm64)Windows VST3 Audio Unit AAX

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