Universal Audio

Setting The Tone Since 1958.

Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording products since its inception. A favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator who is widely regarded as the father of modern recording — with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today.

Putnam, a natural entrepreneur, started three audio product companies during his long career: Universal Audio, Studio Electronics, and UREI. All three companies built equipment that remains widely used decades after their introduction, including the ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube recording console. The 610 console in particular stands as one of the most beloved designs in audio history, used to record everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Van Halen’s eponymous debut.

Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop the award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, their DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

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Apollo x8p allows music engineers, producers, and project studios to track, overdub, and mix with...

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Shape your recordings into records — with genuine UA audio conversion and a studio full of classi...

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The UAD-2 OCTO Core DSP Accelerator is Universal Audio’s most powerful PCIe processing card, givi...

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High-Resolution Desktop Music Production with Classic Analog Sound for Windows. Apollo Twin USB...

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Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recordi...

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The ultimate collection of UAD Powered Plug-Ins, powered by UA’s flagship eight-processor DSP Acc...

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The ultimate collection of UAD Powered Plug-Ins over Thunderbolt. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbol...

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The flagship Apollo x16 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, ov...

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OX Amp Top Box is a premium reactive load box, allowing guitarists to play and record their tube ...

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Core system with the Analog Classics Bundle. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator is a...

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The UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Core is Universal Audio’s most powerful FireWire DSP accelerator, giving...

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The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to €œ...

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The UAD-2 OCTO Custom DSP Accelerator contains Universal Audio’s most powerful PCIe processing ca...

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The Thunderbolt™ 2 Option Card for Apollo and Apollo 16 audio interfaces provides blazing fast PC...

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Audio professionals passionate about their compressors revere the LA-2A. The original was immedia...

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The SOLO/610 delivers the classic Putnam 610 console sound to the single channel format in a rugg...

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The LA-610 MkII combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design — heard on classic albums ranging...

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Apollo 8 is the world’s most acclaimed professional recording interface for Mac and Windows, givi...

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The 710 Twin-Finity™ is a radically new UA pre-amp design which uniquely combines both the classi...

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The 6176 Vintage Channel Strip combines the alluring, all-tube sounds of the legendary Bill Putn...

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The 1176SA from Universal Audio, is a small interface that is used to calibrate two mono 1176s fo...

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The 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier is a modern reproduction, yet every effort was made to rema...