US Universal Audio announce Empirical Labs FATSO powered plug-ins for analog tape, transformer and tube sounds      03/08/09


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Universal Audio have announced the release of the Empirical Labs FATSO Powered Plug-In for their popular line of UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Cards for Mac and PC. Here's all the details directly from the UA press release...
The original EL7 FATSO hardware's ingenious design and creative feature set gives users the wonderfully warm sound of magnetic recording tape, class A transformers, and tube circuits. The FATSO Jr. & Sr. Powered Plug-In for the UAD-2 recreates these distinctive sounds with stunning accuracy. The FATSO Jr. & Sr. Powered Plug-In is thoroughly endorsed and scrutinized for accuracy by designer Dave Derr of Empirical Labs. Its condensed feature set includes:
  • Recreates the warm, musical qualities of magnetic recording tape, tubes, and class A transformers on digital audio workstations
  • Clipping, Warmth, Tranny and Compression Select for a wide variety of distinct analog tonal shaping possibilities
  • Includes an additional UAD Powered Plug-In exclusive, the FATSO Sr., based on the original FATSO concept developed by Empirical Labs' Dave Derr
"Empirical Labs is honored and thrilled to collaborate on our first plug-in with Universal Audio, especially since Universal's products from the 60's and 70's inspired some of our earliest products, including the Distressor and Fatso Sr.," commented David Derr of Empirical Labs. "The arrival of their UAD-2 card finally made it possible to emulate our incredibly complex FATSO Jr., using high-speed DSP processing."
"Empirical Labs' contributions to record-making with products like the FATSO and Distressor are obviously huge, and our customers have been frenzied with anticipation at the prospect of having these modern classics available as Powered Plug-Ins," said UA Product Manager Will Shanks. "FATSO's release is a high-water mark for UA's ability to mimic the behavior of analog circuits, and Dave Derr's involvement in the FATSO plug-in development not only brings the highest degree of accuracy, but a greater assurance to our customers that we sweat the details with every single product we do."
The FATSO Jr. & Sr. Powered Plug-In is available as part of the new UAD software version 5.4.0 release. In addition to the FATSO Jr. & Sr. Analog Tape Simulator, EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator, and Neve 31102 Console EQ plug-ins, UAD software v5.4.0 provides significant RTAS improvements for Pro Tools, integrated support for the new UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop, and enhancements for Windows-based UAD users.
Pricing and Availability:
The FATSO Jr. & Sr. Powered Plug-In for the UAD-2 can be downloaded for $299.00 from Universal Audio's Online Store.
UAD Software version 5.4.0 is available for free download by users worldwide.
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