UAD Spark

PRESS RELEASE – SCOTTS VALLEY, CA – Universal Audio Inc. (UA), a leading manufacturer of Apollo and Volt audio interfaces, UAD plugins, mics, and UAFX guitar products, is proud to introduce UAD Spark, a new subscription service that puts pro audio industry standard UAD plugins and exciting new instruments into the hands of music creators worldwide. This evolving collection runs natively on macOS, with Windows coming this fall.

Bill Putnam Jr., UA’s founder and CEO:

Right from our start in 2001, UAD plugins have been about recreating the authentic, inspiring sounds of classic studio and music gear. With UAD Spark, we’re able to extend that vision, and bring professional UA sound home for everyone.

UAD Spark features UA’s most popular plugin emulations of legendary recording studio hardware, running natively for the first time. Studio gear includes:

  • Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ
  • UA 1176 Compressor Collection
  • Teletronix LA-2A Compressor Collection
  • Studer A800 Tape Recorder
  • API Vision Channel Strip

UAD Spark also introduces exclusive new UAD instruments, benefiting from UA’s expertise in modeling, sampling, and synthesis. Instruments include:

  • Opal Morphing Synthesizer (exclusive to Spark)
  • Moog Minimoog
  • Waterfall B3 Organ
  • Ravel Grand Piano

UAD Spark plugins

Sandeep Gupta, UA’s Chief Operating Officer:

Over the past few years, accelerated by COVID and lockdowns, the number of music and content creators has exploded. With UAD Spark, we’re putting the top tier of audio processing – including exclusive titles from Neve, Moog, Studer, API, and Lexicon – into everyone’s hands. Combined with our new Volt audio interfaces, UAD Spark lets more creators experience UA’s legendary sound.

Joe Richardson, President of Moog Music Inc.:

We’re excited to be a part of UAD Spark, which brings the Moog synthesizer experience and uncompromising depth of sound to a new class of creators. UA and Moog share a long history of collaboration and a common goal of designing tools that inspire musicians for a lifetime.

Another instrument exclusive to the UAD Spark service is the Opal Morphing Synthesizer, an epic new UAD instrument that blurs the lines between analog and wavetable synthesis, with built-in UA effects and fast, record-ready presets.

Creating the perfect UA studio experience, all UA Volt audio interface owners get an exclusive 30-day free trial of UAD Spark, and all UAD plugin owners get the native version of their plugin(s) for free.

UAD Spark is available now for $19.99 per month. UADx plugins require macOS 10.15 or later, an AU, VST, or AAX plugin host, and a free iLok account with iLok Cloud or iLok USB (2nd generation or higher). No UA hardware of any kind is required. UADx plugins installed on M1 Macs run under Rosetta. Full UADx plugin support for Apple Silicon Macs is coming soon.