How to Prepare For Your Studio Session

This guide will help prepare you for your Black Ghost Audio studio session. It will walk you through the process of downloading and installing the software and presets required to take control of all the hardware in the studio.

1. Download and Install Universal Audio's UAD Software

To be able to use the studio's Apollo x8 audio interface, you'll need to download and install Universal Audio's UAD software.

Depending on your operating system, either click on "Download for Mac" or "Download for PC." When prompted, make a Universal Audio account, and then select "Get UAD Software." Installing LUNA is not required. Once the UAD software has been installed, you'll need to restart your computer.

Please note that your computer must have at least one available Thunderbolt port (MiniDisplay or USB-C) to use the Apollo x8.

2. Download and Install the Studio's Console Preset

To quickly start making use of the studio's microphones, please download this Console preset. Console is the Universal Audio software that lets you control Apollo audio interfaces, record through UAD plug-ins, as well as route and monitor audio. The Console preset should be installed in one of the following locations, depending on your operating system:

Windows: C: \ File\ User \ AppData \ Roaming \ Universal Audio \ Sessions

Mac: Macintosh HD / Users / User / Documents / Universal Audio / Sessions

Since UAD plugins are saved to the audio interface they're associated with, you'll be able to use all 79 of the studio's UAD plugins when you connect your computer to the Apollo x8.

3. Download and Install the Studio's Reference 4 Profile

If you own the Studio Edition of Sonarworks' Reference 4, you can download and install the studio's custom calibration profile. Reference 4 removes coloration from headphones and studio monitors, providing a clearer and more accurate listening experience. The Reference 4 preset should be installed in one the following locations, depending on your operating system:

Windows: C: \ Users \ User \ AppData \ Local \ Sonarworks \ Reference 4 \ Sonarworks Projects

Mac: Macintosh HD / Users / User / Library / Sonarworks / Reference 4 / Sonarworks Projects

Reference 4 is available in two versions. There's a Headphone Edition that lets you remove coloration from headphones, and a Studio Edition that lets you remove coloration from both headphones and studio monitors. The Studio Edition is required to make use of the studio's custom calibration profile.

If you run into any issues getting the UAD software, Console preset, or Reference 4 preset installed, please email charles@blackghostaudio.com for assistance before your scheduled studio session.