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Universal Audio teases Spark, “the next chapter of UAD”, but what is it?

Universal Audio has released a brief video teasing Spark, which it’s calling “the next chapter of UAD”.

This suggests that Spark is going to be related to UA’s UAD powered plugins platform, the success of which has been driven by authentic emulations of vintage effects driven by bespoke DSP hardware.

There’s some speculation that, rather than being a new piece of gear, Spark might be a subscription service of some kind - will you soon be able to pay a monthly fee to get access to all of the UAD plugins?

Equally, we wouldn’t be too surprised if Spark turned out to be a budget UAD product, possibly taking design cues from UA’s recently launched Volt audio interfaces. Or, maybe it’ll be a super high-end interface with power to burn.

All will be revealed on 30 March, so check back here then - or head to the Universal Audio (opens in new tab) website on that date - to find out more.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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