Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems was founded in 1998 and is based in Montreal, Canada. They are the creators of the innovative Tassman and Lounge Lizard virtual instruments. Both instruments have been given high acclaim from many professional artists and some of Hollywood's A-List composers.

Ultra Analog
The Play panel presents effect shortcuts and performance parameters as well as the genuinely apt arpeggiator The Edit panel lets you craft your sound thanks to the common two-oscillator-plus-filter configuration. The FX panel hosts the equalizer/compressor/multi-effect/reverb modules.

Ultra Analog VA-2


VTS2, VST3, AU, RTAS, AAX Native, NKS, STANDALONE, (Mac/Win), 32/64-bit support

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download$399.00 $399 Ultra Analog Collection (UAVA-2 + All UAVA-2 Sound Banks)

download$199.00 $199 Ultra Analog VA-2

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The original Ultra Analog is the popular and highly acclaimed virtual analog synth by Applied Acoustics. Boasting fat, alias-free oscillators with hard sync, sub oscillators and integrated pitch envelopes, its unique character comes courtesy of two ballsy multimode filters with multiple drive and distortion options. Now AAS has reinvented Ultra Analog with version VA-2, featuring all of the same features and character of the original, but with scores of enhancements.

What’s new?

NEW Resized editor view:

  • Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files.
  • Parameter values entry via computer keyboard.
  • Bank and program navigation via computer keyboard arrows.
  • Retina display support for text.

NEW Factory Library
The completely overhauled factory preset library has well over 600 production-ready sounds categorized for fast and intuitive exploration.

NEW Compressor and Equalizer
These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or performance.

NEW Limiter
The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing ample distortion-free dynamics.

NEW Streamlined Interface
Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Ultra Analog VA-2 into three panels: "Play" presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters, including bypass switches for quick edits. "Edit" lets you create and tweak your sounds, and "FX" supplies equalization, compression, multi-effects, and reverb processing.

NEW Bank and Program Manager
Ultra Analog VA-2’s new program manager allows simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.

UPDATED Overhauled Effects
Reworked and polished, Ultra Analog VA-2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!

NEW Native 64-­bit AU, VST, and AAX Plug­-ins
Ultra Analog VA-2 now runs in native 64-bit on Mac OS X and Windows making it compatible with the latest sequencers.

NEW Richard Devine Signature Sounds
Renowned sound designer Richard Devine dug deep into the new Ultra Analog VA-2 to forge a state-of-the-art collection of 110 presets that are simply essential.

The superb preset library created by the world's best professional sound designers represents a sensational journey through all the colors of the analog spectrum—from vintage synthesizers to modern VAs.

Ultra Analog is packed with premium performance features: keyboard modes, unison, portamento and glide functions, and a complete set of MIDI features. And for even more action, Ultra Analog provides a user programmable pattern arpeggiator and shortcuts to high-quality effects. Ultra Analog VA-2 will match your playing style or musical context with ease thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options; poly- or monophonic with note priority keyboard modes; up-to-4-voice unison; glide and legato functions; and the flexible vibrato.

Ready, willing, and able, Ultra Analog VA-2’s arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will explode your chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.

Sublime Shapes
Ultra Analog VA-2’s voice comes from two alias-free, wide-range oscillators with sub and hard sync capabilities in sine, saw, and square/pulse wave shapes.

Sweet Sweep Filters
Ultra Analog VA-2’s filters can enchant or enrage, but modulation, automation, and MIDI control (MIDI Control Change assignments) operations are always smooth and effortless.

Snappy Envelopes
Ultra Analog VA-2’s envelopes present themselves as familiar ADSRs, but included are the organically decaying time parameter as well as loop and re-trigger options—all for a strikingly snappy package.

Multi Multi-mode
Whether you’re looking for highly focused, super-steep-slope, or layered sounds, Ultra Analog’s two filter stages allow any combination of low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, notch, and formant types in both series and parallel routing for an exceptional amount of flexibility.

Ultra Analog is highly efficient. Find the sound you want fast and tweak it to perfection thanks to the categorized browser and ergonomic interface. Whether it’s for day-to-day synth work or particular sound design tasks, Ultra Analog will deliver the entire analog sonic range with every control at your fingertips whenever your creative outbursts demand it.

The FX panel completes Ultra Analog VA-2 as an all-inclusive package for mix ready sounds out of the box.

More Features

  • Standalone operation for quick jams and experimentations
  • Real-time control over any parameters via your MIDI controller knobs, faders, and switches
  • MIDI clock, tap, and host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

The Benefits of Physical Modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint
  • Installs in less than a minute


AAS Sound Bank collections add tremendous value to Ultra Analog. Load them into the program, or use them standalone with the included AAS Player. Created by renowned sound designers, they can be used as they are or as jumping off points to create your own sounds.

TechnocracyTechnocracy is a fun and intense sound pack for the Ultra Analog VA-2 and AAS Player plug-ins, designed in collaboration with new AAS sound designer Adam Pietruszko. With 100 presets on tap, Technocracy travels from Detroit to Berlin exploring various Techno genres such as Tech House, Minimal, Melodic, Dub, Dark, and Mailroom as it joins the ranks of Ultra Analog VA-2’s vast and diverse sound pack collection. Evoking the depths of warehouses, abandoned factories, and pop-up dance clubs, Technocracy's basses, leads, textures, rhythms, arpeggiated sequences, percussive elements, and cleverly crafted effects deliver instant karma for dance producers.

download $39.00 Technocracy Sound Bank

PivotalPivotal infuses high-octane sounds into Ultra Analog VA-2. This library presents focused, upfront, and mood altering patches that will point your music in a new direction. The 158 presets cover arpeggios, basses, leads, synths, and effects. The sounds of Pivotal are so diverse, you'll wonder how one synth could have made them all. Ranging from quasi-organic basses and inventive percussive and effects sounds, to gorgeous leads, tight plucks and pads, Pivotal will be your go-to palette for inventive electronic goodness for years to come.

download $39.00 Pivotal Theory Sound Bank

TransparencyLow End Theory is artist Sean Divine's second Sound Bank installment for Ultra Analog. It features subwoofer shaking, super low bass sounds, fast and punchy kick drums, catchy sine whistles, super phat saw synth leads, haunting and melodic plucks and bells, futuristic and furious arpeggios, emotionally charged vintage organs and keys as well as a selection of useful vinyl scratches and effects. Whether you’re into urban, trap, or hip hop, Low End Theory is serious core material for your future beats.

download $39.00 Low End Theory Sound Bank

TransparencyTransparency is sound designer Daniel Stawczyk's fourth title in AAS' Sound Bank Series and his third for Ultra Analog VA-2. The 149 rich presets explore the percussive nature of Ultra Analog. Kick, Snare, Hi-hat, and Percussion loops are bundled along with some finely crafted Ambient, Synth, and Effect sounds. True to Daniel's mysterious and exotic aesthetics, Transparency will add intriguing rhythm and motion to your tracks.

download $39.00 Transparency Sound Bank

Raw Ultra Analog VA-2 shows its teeth with Raw. This brand new collection of 100 sounds brings out a lesser-known side of Ultra Analog's personality. From subtle warmth to screaming distortion, Raw relies on the natural overdrive of Ultra Analog's filters and its built-in effects to create a surprisingly varied set of unpolished, gritty, and dirty sounds. Take your music in an aggressive new direction with Raw.

download $39.00 Raw Sound Bank

Abstractions Abstractions is a collection of 127 signature sounds covering standard analog categories but revisited with Richard Devine’s unique style and aesthetics. These finely crafted sounds include super precise percussion hits, unusual basses, thick pads, deep and animated arpeggiator loops, rich intricate ambient textures, and more. They showcase Richard Devine’s mastery of sound design and are sure to provide many hours of exploration in evocative soundscapes.

download $39.00 Abstractions Sound Bank

Reverence Reverence is a a new Sound Bank for Ultra Analog from artist Sean Divine. An ode to modern and vintage analog synths, Sean's goal was to create sounds with the warmth, imperfections, and character associated with these instruments. His combined background and expertise as a composer, producer, and mix engineer results in a preset collection that is both truly inspired and tailored for production. The 115 sounds are divided into seven categories: Arpeggiator, Bass, Keys, Leads, Pads, Plucked and Effects.

download $39.00 Reverence Sound Bank

Plastic Pop The 127 presets of Plastic Pop muse back at arpeggio, bass, effects, lead, and pad sounds of the 80s. Included are analog and digital favorites from the Juno, DX7, Wavestation, and D-50 as well as guitar synths, the TX81Z's LatelyBass, and of course the Honkytonk sound! A superb kit to revisit the top new wave and synthpop albums from Duran Duran, Japan, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and ABC. Shoulder pads are not included.

download $39.00 Plastic Pop Sound Bank

Sounds from BLKRTZ Sounds from BLKRTZ is a collection of 100 presets for Ultra Analog VA-1 which truly push the instrument to its earth shaking low and shimmering high extremes. It will come as no surprise to those familiar to his unmistakable dubwise style that subs and bass play a central role here, but you'll also find an inspiring array of evolving chords and stabs, ambient clouds, and slowly evolving sequences. For those looking for inspiration in the realm of dubstep, ambient, or the deepest and dubbiest of house and techno, Sounds from BLKRTZ is certain provide hours of creative inspiration for your productions.

download $39.00 Sounds from BLKRTZ Sound Bank

Cinémathèque Cinémathèque is a collection of pads and textures for every cinematic occasion. Screened into Cluster, Rhythm, SFX, Synthesizer, and Texture categories, the 142 presets will support the color, exposure, motion, depth of field, and density of any scenes whether it's for horror, romance, suspense, or drama.

download $39.00 Cinémathèque Sound Bank

Angelicals Angelicals is a retro-futuristic flashback in progressive and experimental electronic music. The 101 presets, divided into Arpeggios, Bass, Effects, Leads, Loops, Pads, and Synth categories, provide everything you need to dive right into the dramatic tension and enigmatic realms of sci-fi and thriller sounds.

download $39.00 Angelicals Sound Bank

30.8676 Hz The 100 presets of 30.8676 Hz flirt with the limits of your auditory abilities. Split in two, the Movements presets make heavy use of the arpeggiator for some ferocious thumping action while the Stills presets get you your dose of fat, snoring, and wobbly analog goodness.

download $39.00 30.8676 Hz Sound Bank

Starlight Starlight lands with sounds collected at the confine of the galaxy. Indeed, the 149 presets scattered across ambient, arpeggiator, arpeggiator bass, chime, effect, keys, lead, rhythm, and synthesizer categories breach into outer space for an impregnable intergalactic landscape. Whether you want to teleport your music into another dimension or simply leave for an orbital spaceflight, Starlight is your ideal shuttle.

download $39.00 Starlight Sound Bank

Ultra FX Ultra FX is a must-have complement of highly customizable sound ideas, room tones, and sound effects perfect for sound designers doing films, animations, or video games. It's also a whole lot of fun!

download $39.00 Ultra FX Sound Bank

Analog Essentials Whether you are into techno, urban, trance, electro, trip-hop, or any other musical style, the Analog Essentials sound bank offers a great selection of arpegios, basses, pads, percussions, synths, and sound effects that will perfectly complement your next production. Rich, Powerful, Attention-getting.

download $39.00 Analog Essentials Sound Bank

Mac minimum system requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC minimum system requirements*

  • Windows 7 32/64-bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.)

What type of copy protection does Ultra Analog VA-2 use?

All AAS instruments use a proprietary copy protection based on a challenge/response mechanism.

Can I re-authorize Ultra Analog VA-2 if I upgrade or change my computer, or have a computer crash?

The license agreement for Ultra Analog VA-2 allows authorization on up to two computers which belong to you. You might need, however, more than two authorizations if for example, you get a new computer or change some piece of hardware such as the hard drive. In these situations, it won't be a problem to obtain additional authorizations.

With your product serial number, you will be able to generate two different authorizations every 90 days directly from the AAS website. Beyond that threshold, you will have to provide an explanation of why you need an additionnal authorization.

What’s included with my purchase?

  • Links to the Windows and Mac OS X installers (less than 22 MB)
  • Serial number
  • License for two computer installations (e.g. a laptop and desktop)
  • Standalone application (runs without a plug-in host)
  • VST, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-ins for Windows
  • AU, VST, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-ins for Mac OS X
  • Manual (PDF)


Derek Johnson, Sound On Sound
“I heartily recommend AAS's Ultra Analog to anyone who likes working with computer-based synths. The simple interface hides the heart of an analogue beast—from throbbing bass to supersonic leads, it's all here. If you only have money for one serious commercial synth plug-in, make it this one.”


Jim Aikin, Electronic Musician
“Fat, versatile, and easy to use, this soft synth brings classic sounds to the desktop.”
“If you use a computer to make music but you crave an analog experience, Ultra Analog won't disappoint. It sounds very analog and has a wide range of voicing options, as shown by the hundreds of cool factory presets.”


Jason Scott Alexander, Remix
“The basses are absolutely fantastic, covering just about all of the hot destinations, and there are some real gems in the poly, leads and arpgeggiator categories, too.”
“Is it what I'd call ultra-analog-sounding? Unequivocally, you betcha!”


MM Musikermagasinet
“Every synth has a character of its own and the Ultra Analog is definitely worth having a listen to. It has a fat sound with filters that have a very pleasant character. In short: a very good machine that definitely fits the bill if you're on the look-out for analogue subtractive sounds.”


TJ Glover, Future Music
“Sonically, it truly befits its name, sitting right up there with the best in terms of analog emulation; and even its most advanced features are easy to negotiate thanks to the exemplary clarity of the interface.”


Craig Anderton, Keyboard
“That got my attention—and it should get yours too, if you're a fan of Stuff That Sounds Really Good.”
“But bell and whistles are not what UA is all about, because the big factor here is sound quality.”
“UA's factory presets deserve special recognition—they're superb.”
“Ultra Analog joins the short list of analog emulators that live up to their marketing claims.”


Hollin Jones, Music Tech
“Analogue heaven—Ultra Analog is a joy to use. As an instrument, the patches are richer then some other re-creations... Simple yet powerful—an excellent way to create both classic and unique sounds.”


Jesse Terry, XLR8R
“If you don't have the cash to pony up for a used Juno, Moog, Rhodes, Arp or Sequential Circuits, the Ultra Analog is the perfect virtual synthesizer solution. Looks Like the digital age has caught up with the past.”


Devon Brent, Grooves
“(Ultra Analog) sounds liquid and alive, more so than most virtual analog synths I've played with. The bass end of UA was fantastic, and quite possibly one of the best I've heard from a plug-in... Those of you craving that ultimate analog sound in digital format should certainly take a look at Ultra Analog.”


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