UAD 9.5 He­lios em­u­la­tion and more…

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Once again, it’s up­date time for Uni­ver­sal Au­dio’s UAD Soft­ware – we’re up to ver­sion 9.5 now – and that means new pow­ered plug­ins for the plat­form. The head­liner this time is the He­lios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Col­lec­tion, which takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the He­lios Type 69 con­sole that was used in the cre­ation of al­bums by the likes of Led Zep­pelin, The Bea­tles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hen­drix and AC/DC, to name but a few.

The plugin is based on re­search into two Olympic Stu­dios-era ‘golden units’ and prom­ises an end-to-end recre­ation of a full ana­logue chan­nel. This in­cludes “the full char­ac­ter” of the trans­former-based mic preamp and a “colour­ful” 3-band EQ. It costs $299, though own­ers of the He­lios Type 69 Legacy plugin can up­grade for $199.

This isn’t the only tool in the UAD Soft­ware 9.5 box: the up­date also her­alds the ar­rival of two gui­tar-cen­tric plug­ins from Brain­worx. First up is the A/DA Flanger ($149), an em­u­la­tion of the clas­sic bucket-brigade flanger pedal that was used through­out the ’70s and early ’80s, and then we have the Fried­man Buxom Betty Am­pli­fier ($149). Not only is this an ex­act­ing em­u­la­tion of the orig­i­nal amp, but it also in­cludes 100 record­ing chains with mul­ti­ple speaker cab­i­net im­pulse re­sponses and an FX rack.

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