UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California – where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA’s modern units perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago.
Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world’s brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our 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.
Software or hardware, every UA product is backed by a 50-year legacy of innovation, superlative quality, and technical passion.