UA launches UAD Spark plug-ins and subscription service

UAD plug-ins to run natively for the first time without UA hardware, putting Neve, Studer, Moog, API, and Lexicon plug-ins, and exclusive instruments like Opal Synth, within reach for $19.99/month.

Universal Audio has launched UAD Spark, a new subscription service that puts UAD plug‑ins and new instruments into the hands of music creators worldwide. This evolving collection runs natively on Mac ($19.99/month), with Windows coming this fall.

“Right from our start in 2001, UAD plug-ins have been about recreating the authentic, inspiring sounds of classic studio and music gear,” said Bill Putnam Jr., UA’s founder and CEO. “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 plug‑in emulations of legendary recording studio hardware, running natively for the first time. Studio gear includes: Neve 1073 Preamp and EQ, UA 1176 Compressor Collection, Teletronix LA-2A Compressor Collection, Studer A800 Tape Recorder, and API Vision Channel Strip.

UAD Spark also introduces exclusive new UAD instruments, benefiting from UA’s expertise in modelling, sampling, and synthesis. Instruments include: Opal Morphing Synthesiser (exclusive to Spark), Moog Minimoog, Waterfall B3 Organ, and Ravel Grand Piano.

“Over the past few years, accelerated by COVID and lockdowns, the number of music and content creators has exploded,” explained UA Chief Operating Officer, Sandeep Gupta. “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.”

Moog Music President, Joe Richardson commented: “We’re excited to be a part of UAD Spark, which brings the Moog synthesiser 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 Synthesiser, 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 plug-in owners get the native version of their plug-in(s) for free.