Thunderbolt compatibility for Windows 10 users
The highlight of the V9.0 release of UAD Software from Universal Audio is Thunderbolt compatibility for Windows 10 users. Following the release, Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8 (Duo and Quad), Apollo 8p, Apollo 16, and Apollo FireWire audio interfaces, as well as UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt devices can all be connected to Windows 10 computers that include a Thunderbolt 3 connection.
The software release allows current PC-based Apollo and Apollo 16 FireWire users to upgrade their rigs to Thunderbolt speed and stability with UA’s Thunderbolt Option Card. The upgrade is compatible with Windows 10 64-bit only and PCs must be equipped with Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C.
The other headline feature of the v9.0 release is Console 2 for Apollo and Apollo 16 FireWire interfaces. With improved functionality over the original Console app, Console 2 gives Apollo FireWire users a host of new features, including drag-and-drop plugin arranging and custom channel strip settings designed by top producers and engineers.
More specifically, Console 2 is a high resolution resizable software interface for all Apollo models. Its Channel Strip presets allows users see, save and recall UAD plugin chains. There are also new UAD plugin categories and individual Show/Hide functionality. Console 2 offers enhanced plugin features such as preset auditioning, per-input Record/Monitor effect switching and multi-level Undo and Redo for plugin assignments and parameters.