NAMM 2015 – UNIVERSAL AUDIO Jumps In the Amp Sim Game

Universal Audio is primarily known for their interfaces that combine high quality hardware preamps with software emulation to simulate classic pres. A great deal cheaper than buying 10 different vintage analog preamps to try each one in your vocal chain, to be sure.

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Now UA has jumped in feet first to the world of amplifier modeling, and something else I’ve looked for for some time – acoustic guitar IRs for your piezo pickup. The new Wood Works plugin allows you to pick from a variety of guitar body styles (concert, dreadnought, orchestra, etc) to spruce up your dull, spanky sound coming straight from your output. Fishman makes a pedal version of this same kind of technology (the Aura Spectrum), but this is the first time I’ve heard of a plugin version.

They’re also modeling  Tube Screamer, Big Muff Pi, and ProCo Rat pedals in such a way that the impedance is also emulated when you plug into the Hi-Z plug on the Apollo. You can use these pedal sims in front of their new officially licensed Friedman amp models, which emulate the Friedman amps and cabs with a plethora of mic modeling options.

Check out this and other new stuff from UA in the video below:

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