Universal Audio, a manufacturer of high-quality vintage audio hardware and DSP software plug-ins for digital audio workstations, today announced the web release of v4.9 software for the UAD Family of DSP Card’s & Powered Plug-Ins.  Version 4.9 includes 14-day fully functional demos of both the new SPL Transient Designerand new Precision Buss Compressor; a classic center-console mix compressor.  Registered UAD customers can purchase full authorizations of each plug-in for US$199. For a limited-time, the new plug-ins will be eligible for discounts via the UA coupons issued to existing UAD users as part of the current store promotion at, which expires at the end of December 2007.

“We are strategically expanding our audio plug-in partnerships and are enthused to bring Sound Performance Lab (SPL) of Germany to the UAD DSP platform. The SPL Transient Designer is genuinely a modern analog classic and once again, we are confident to say that after considerable R&D and sonic shootouts, the UA plug-in is truly the definitive software version.” said Mike Barnes, VP of Marketing for Universal Audio.

“SPL is excited to partner with UA to make our unique Transient Designer available as a DAW plug-in. For us, the UAD Platform is well known for its integrity, reliability, and popularity and UA’s plug-in development team have consistently set the sonic quality bar in the industry for all others to follow. “ Added Hermann Gier, CEO of SPL.

Key SPL Transient Designer Features:

• UA modeled, SPL authorized and endorsed AU/VST/RTAS plug-in version of Transient Designer’s unique Differential Envelope Technology • Increase or decrease the transients of percussive sources for greater impact, or a softened response • Sustain of sources can be transparently shortened or increased for increased musicality • Reduces or increases room sound or preexisting reverb on virtually any source • Highly useful as a gate substitute, a transparent tool for minimizing mic bleed • Versatile mix tool endorsed by world’s finest professional engineers

Not to be overshadowed by the SPL Transient Designer, v4.9 also includes a potent additional plug-in. The Precision Buss Compressor is a dual-VCA-type dynamic processor that yields modern, transparent gain reduction characteristics. It is specifically designed to “glue” mix elements together for that cohesive and polished sound typical of master section console compressors.

Key Precision Buss Compressor Features:
• Modern and easy-to-use single-band gain control for busses and inserts • Transparent, large-format center-console-type dynamics control • Auto release for transparent buss compression on a wide variety of sources • Automatic Fade in or out, with a range of 1 to 60 seconds • Mix control allows blending of wet and dry signals

About the UAD DSP Card
At the heart of every UAD DSP Card & Powered Plug-Ins package is the revolutionary UAD DSP card. Because of its high resolution, floating-point processing, ultra high-speed memory and hardware dithering, the UAD delivers outstanding high-headroom sound quality at sample rates from 32 to 192khz. Unlike other DSP cards, the UAD uses a single, unpartitioned vector processor, allowing for larger and more sophisticated plug-in algorithms offering a new level of power and complexity not found with host-based plug-ins. By greatly reducing the burden on the computer’s CPU, the host application can now deliver more tracks, automation and native effects.

About Universal Audio
Founded in 1999 and based in Santa Cruz, California, Universal Audio is best known for its vintage analog reproductions and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology. The company is focused on merging the best of analog and digital technology. The company is devoted to this endeavor, following its motto, Analog Ears, Digital Minds.

About SPL – Sound Performance Lab
Founded in 1984, German manufacturer SPL continues to offer something really new and exciting with each of its audio processors. While the Transient Designer is a shining example for innovative thinking out-of-the-box, the groundbreaking 120V op-amp technology ideally reveals SPL’s dedication to push the envelope of sound performance.

UAD-1, UAD-1e, UAD-Xpander, UAD-Nevana X2, “Powered Plug-Ins”, “Universal Audio Intelligence”, UAi and Helios are trademarks of Universal Audio, Inc. SPL and Transient Designer are trademarks of SPL electronics GmbH.