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Universal Audio UAFX Astra Modulation Machine  From UA

Stereo modulation pedal with Chorus, Flanger, and Tremolo effects, true or buffered bypass, preset modes, additional downloadable sounds, and more.

Universal Audio

$399.00

Retail:  $499.00

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Manufacturer's Description from UA

Three of History's Most Mind-Expanding Modulators, Perfectly Captured in a Stompbox.  

Engineered and developed by the acclaimed team at Universal Audio, the UAFX Astra Modulation Machine boasts powerful dual-processor architecture for the most sonically authentic classic Chorus, Vibrato, Flanger, and Tremolo effects ever available in a stompbox. 

 

From spacey studio flanger tones of the 1970’s, to gritty bucket-brigade chorus and luscious opto tube tremolo, Astra Modulation Machine puts three iconic vintage effects at your feet, in a beautifully-crafted pedal that’s built to last decades. 

 

Three Timeless Modulation Effects

Chorus Brigade: Classic ‘70s analog bucket brigade chorus with additional Vibrato mode.

 

Flanger/DBLR: Studio flanger/doubler tones modeling legendary rack effects units. 

 

Trem 65: Perfectly-emulated opto tube tremolo derived from iconic blackface amps of the mid-1960’s.

 

Bonus Effects: Free Phaser X90 and Dharma Trem 61, downloadable at registration.

 

Astra Modulation Machine - Key Features

 ♦ Flagship modulation pedal with powerful dual-processor UAFX engine

 ♦ Three timeless modulation effects, with secondary modes and settings

 ♦ Simple Live/Preset modes for instant recall of your favorite sound

 ♦ Additional downloadable effects by the world-renowned UAD algorithm team

 ♦ True or buffered bypass,* silent switching

 ♦ Classic UA analog design and craftsmanship, built to last decades

Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, 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 to 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.

Specifications

Power requirements: Isolated 9VDC, center-negative, 400mA minimum**

Inputs: 2 x ¼” TS (input 2 for stereo connections)

Outputs: 2 x ¼” TS (output 2 for stereo connections)

USB Type-C for updates via computer

 

*True/Buffered bypass available via UAFX Control software (coming Spring 2021)

*Power supply sold separately