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Universal Audio Announces UAD-2 Octo Ultimate 4 and UAD 8.4 Software Update


Universal Audio has announced an upgrade to its flagship UAD-2 Octo with Ultimate 4 with a flurry of new plug-ins now included.

UAD-2 Octo Ultimate 4

Available as PCIe or as a Thunderbolt Satellite, the UAD-2 Octo Ultimate now includes a total of 83 plug-ins comprising some of the best emulations of analogue hardware available.

UAD-2 Octo PCIe or Satellite Octo Thunderbolt DSP

The hardware has remained the same with eight SHARC processors fitted on a single PCIe card or Thunderbolt desktop box. It now sports more plug-ins than the previous Ultimate 3 including UAD’s guitar distortion pedals, the most recent AKG BX 20 Spring Reverb.

UAD Software 8.4

Coming with the new UAD-2 Octo Ultimate is the new UAD-2 8.4 software, which adds a florilege of new plug-ins by Universal Audio but also by its third-party partners including Softube and the first plug-in developed by Eventide for the platform with a recreation of the legendary H910 made famous by David Bowie and Tony Visconti among others.

New UAD 8.4 Software Banner

Universal Audio’s offering is new tape emulation plug-in called Oxide Tape Recorder which recreates the mixable parameters of tape but using less processor power than its exiting tape emulation offerings. Indeed many UAD-2 users were limited in the amount of tracks possible with users requiring at least a UAD-2 Octo or several UAD-2 units to recreate a 24-channel setup. With Oxide Tape Recorder all they need now is a UAD-2 Quad to run 24-channels.

New Marshall amps have been added by Softube following the incredible success of the Original Marshall Plug-in developed in collaboration with the legendary producer Tony Platt. This new offering includes three new Marshall Amplifiers including the Marshall Bluesbreaker 1962 and Marshall Silver Jubilee. These amps also make use of Universal Audio Apollo’s Unison technology, to recreate the different gain relationship between components for added realism.

Eventide also launched its first UAD plug-in and did so with a faithful recreation of the legendary H910 Pitch and Delay unit used by David Bowie on his Low album for example or Frank Zappa.


The Universal Audio UAD-2 Octo Ultimate 4 can be preordered now with the first shipment due to arrive by the end of the month. UAD-2 exisiting users can on the other hand upgrade to the latest software to benefit from these exciting new plug-ins.


by Paul Lavigne

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