Universal Audio adds trio of plugins with new UAD software update

Universal Audio has released UAD Software v.10.2, including two new titles for UAD Spark and Apollo – Hitsville Reverb Chambers and PolyMAX Synth – along with a new dynamic noise suppressor.

Hitsville Reverb Chambers is the first authentic plugin emulation of the reverb chambers that shaped the Motown Sound, designed to give music creators the same reverb sounds used by the producers of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, and more.

Hitsville studio’s attic-converted reverb chambers were essential to Motown's iconic sound. With help from the original engineers who built them, UA has captured the full character and ambience of the spaces heard on some of the greatest soul recordings ever made.

“The sound of Motown music lives in all of our heads,” said Bill Putnam Jr., CEO of Universal Audio. “The attic chambers at Hitsville were crucial to the emotion of those classic recordings, and we couldn't be happier to bring those same inspiring reverb effects to a new generation of music creators.”

The plugin features simple controls, allowing users to quickly dial in classic reverb sounds on vocals and instruments. With Dynamic Room Modeling technology — the same used on UA’s Capitol Chambers and Ocean Way Studios plugins — users can go deeper by repositioning the chamber mics to explore new sounds beyond the original positions.

Also new and included in UAD Software v.10.2 is PolyMAX Synth, a vintage-inspired synth designed to give producers, sound designers, and musicians fat tones from the golden age of analogue polyphonic synths.

“The iconic sound of analogue synthesizers from the 70s and 80s left their stamp on countless records and film scores of the era and are revered to this day for their lush harmonics and ability to sit easily into any mix,” added Putnam. “Created with our deep analogue modeling expertise, PolyMAX is inspired by these timeless sounds and fits seamlessly into any DAW-based workflow.”

With an approachable user interface and album-ready presets, PolyMAX is designed to allow creators to dial in the perfect sound quickly, regardless of genre. Onboard studio-quality UA effects include the sound of a classic digital “Hall B” reverb, tape delay, and modulation textures such as phasers.

Both Hitsville Reverb Chambers and PolyMAX Synth are available natively via UAD Spark subscription ($19.99/month) or as a perpetual license ($349) for UA Apollo and UAD Accelerator owners (UAD, AAX, VST, AU). Owners of the perpetual UAD plugin can download the native version for free.

Also new with UAD Software v.10.2 is C-Axe (pictured above), a dynamic noise suppressor from C-Suite Audio that eliminates buzz and hum for clean, professional recordings. This is available as a perpetual license (€349) exclusively for Apollo interfaces and UAD hardware.