Sphere Plug-In Operation and Preferences

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Keyboard and mouse shortcuts and modifiers

Use the following keyboard and mouse shortcuts in Sphere plug-ins.

  • Double-click a parameter to reset its default value.
  • On macOS, Command+click a parameter to reset to its default value.
  • On Windows, Alt+click a parameter to reset to its default value.

Plug-in and preference file locations

During installation, the Sphere plug-ins and preferences are installed in these locations on the hard drive.

Plug-in install locations


Plug-in format




C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VstPlugins\


C:\Program Files\Common Files\VST3\


C:\Program Files\Common Files\Avid\Audio\Plug-Ins\


C:\Program Files\Common Files\Audio\Plug-Ins\Universal Audio\







/Library/Application Support/Avid/Audio/Plug-Ins/

Audio Units


Plug-in preference file locations

Preferences for your Sphere plug-ins are stored in the following locations. Preference files are named [plugin_name].txt.

  • macOS: /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Universal Audio/workspace/preferences/
  • Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Universal Audio\

Plug-in types, names, and categories

DSP and native plug-ins

If you have an Apollo or Pro Tools HDX system, you will get the best performance by using the DSP-powered plug-ins.

Using UAD DSP plug-ins in Apollo Console

In Apollo Console, UAD DSP plug-ins are automatically loaded. 

Using UAD DSP plug-ins in LUNA and other DAWs

In LUNA and other DAWs, Sphere DSP plug-ins are named differently from the native versions, so you can load the correct plug-in. To use the DSP version of your Sphere plug-in, observe the naming conventions to load the correct plug-in:

  • A UAD plug-in name begins with the prefix UAD; for example UAD Sphere Mic Collection
  • A native plug-in name does not begin with a prefix; for example Sphere Mic Collection

Using AAX DSP plug-ins in Pro Tools HDX

In Pro Tools HDX with a DSP accelerator, switch the channel to DSP mode to use the AAX DSP version of the Sphere plug-in you want to use.

Sphere plug-in categories

In Apollo Console and LUNA, plug-ins appear in the Microphone category.

In other DAWs, Sphere plug-ins are sorted into different categories, which may vary depending on your selected DAW preferences and the type of plug-ins your DAW uses. 

When plug-ins are sorted by manufacturer

If your DAW is configured to sort plug-ins by manufacturer:

  • UAD DSP plug-ins appear in the Universal Audio folder
  • Native plug-ins appear in the Universal Audio Sphere folder

When plug-ins are sorted by category or tags

If your DAW sorts plug-ins by category or tags:

  • In Pro Tools, AAX plug-ins appear in the Sound Field category
  • VST2 and VST3 plug-ins appear in the Spatial or FX | Spatial categories
  • Audio Units plug-ins appear in the Specialized category


An example of Sphere plug-in sorting in a DAW

Uninstalling Sphere plug-ins


To remove the native Sphere plug-ins from your macOS system


To remove the native Sphere plug-ins from a Windows computer

  1. Navigate to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features.
  2. Select Universal Audio Sphere. 
  3. Double-click to uninstall.


To remove UAD software, please visit these articles

Automation parameters

The following automation parameters are available for Sphere plug-ins. 




Mic1 Axis Shift / Mic2 Axis Shift


Mic1 Filter / Mic2 Filter


Mic1 Pattern / Mic2 Pattern


Mic1 Type / Mic2 Type


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