Universal Audio is following through with its promise to bring the UAD Spark subscription plan to the Windows platform! The latest update makes the plug-ins of the UAD Spark plan available natively on Windows 10 and 11.
UAD Spark now available on Windows
UAD Spark is UA’s subscription plan that makes some of the developer’s most popular plug-ins available natively on your computer, without the need for UAD hardware. Until today, Spark was only available on macOS. But UA said earlier this year that Windows support would follow in the fall – and that day has now arrived! In addition to macOS, Spark now runs natively on Windows 10 and 11. The plug-ins are available in VST3, AAX, and AU formats.
All in all, the UAD Spark subscription currently includes more than 20 of UA’s most popular plug-ins, starting with essentials like the UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection, Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection, and Pultec Passive EQ Collection. The Neve 1073 and API Vision Channel Strips are also included, as are the Studer A800 Tape Recorder, Hitsville EQ Collection, and the API 2500 Bus Compressor. In addition to this, Spark includes the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb, several other effects, and even some of the developer’s virtual instruments like the Moog Minimoog and Opal Morphing Synthesizer. And with today’s update, you no longer need a Mac to run these plug-ins natively.
Price and compatibility
The UAD Spark subscription, which includes more than 20 plug-ins in total, costs USD 19.99/month or USD 149.99/year. A 14-day free trial is available. Owners of a Universal Audio Volt series audio interface receive an exclusive 30-day trial. And if you already own one or more of the plug-ins on the UAD platform, you’ll receive the corresponding native plug-ins for free.
The Spark plug-ins run on macOS 10.15 or higher (including native support for Apple Silicon), and Windows 10 or 11. They’re available in VST3, AU, and AAX formats. You’ll need an iLok account for activation.
By the way: If you purchase a UA Volt series interface by October 1, 2022, you’ll receive the plug-ins Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection and Pure Plate Reverb for free (in addition to the 30-day Spark trial mentioned above)!