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Universal Audio UAD 2 Quad PCIe DSP Accelerator Card

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Product Description

The UAD 2 Quad DSP Accelerator Card is Universal Audio's most powerful and flexible processing hardware, giving producers and engineers full, professional access to award winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC.
This PCIe card features four Analog Devices SHARC chips to power the largest collection of the world's finest analog emulation plug-ins — including classics from Neve, Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.

UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators are available as 'Core' and 'Custom' software packages. The Core package includes the Analog Classics plug-in bundle. The Custom package includes Analog Classics bundle, plus it lets you pick any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration.

Universal Audio UAD 2 Quad Core and Custom Features

  • Powerful four-processor DSP Accelerator Card (PCIe format) compatible with Intel-based Macs and Windows 7 PCs
  • Provides access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins library
  • Ideal for professional users running larger projects w/ higher plug-in instances and/or higher sample rates
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
  • Includes Analog Classics plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite, and Apollo / Apollo 16 audio interfaces
  • VST/AU/RTAS and 64-bit compatible
  • Custom software bundle lets users “pick any 3” UAD plug-in titles within 45 days of registration
Includes Analog Classics Bundle!
Click to EnlargeAnalog Classics is a software bundle UAD is including in ALL of their UAD-2 DSP Accelerator cards. It is a collection of several of their best-selling and most-popular plug-ins to date — titles that truly capture UA’s Heritage, exemplify the quality of analog hardware emulations, and bring classic analog sound to the digital domain.

The Analog Classics Software Bundle Features:
  • LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler — This plug-in is the world's most accurate emulation of our revered, electro-optical, analog compressor.
  • 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier — This plug-in is the world's most accurate emulation of UA’s legendary, FET-based, hardware classic.
  • 1176SE Limiting Amplifier — A DSP-optimized version of the 1176LN, yielding higher instance counts and its own unique characteristics.
  • Pultec EQP-1A EQ — Another spot-on emulation of classic analog gear. Pultec EQs have been studio staples for decades and this plug-in proves equally indispensible.
  • RealVerb Pro Room Modeler — The RealVerb Pro has often been hailed repeatedly as the most flexible and natural sounding reverb plug-in in the industry.
The UAD-2 QUAD Custom DSP Accelerator contains Universal Audio’s second most powerful PCIe processing card, coupled with a Custom software bundle that lets you choose any three UAD plug-in titles at registration. In creating UAD plug-ins, UA’s DSP engineers work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to create fully authenticated plug-ins with all the warmth of classic analog equipment.

The UAD-2 QUAD Custom features four SHARC processors and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped desktop computer or compatible expansion chassis (PCIe or Thunderbolt), giving your Mac or PC an immediate boost in audio quality and mix processing power.

The UAD-2 QUAD Custom includes UA’s “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle and it lets users select any three additional UAD plug-in titles from a world-renowned library that includes Ampex, Manley, Lexicon, EMT, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, Fairchild, Harrison, Little Labs, Studer, SSL, and more (sold separately).

Fully Mac and Windows 7-compatible, the UAD-2 QUAD Custom is easy to use. Just install the software, install the PCIe card, and start mixing with some of the world’s finest audio plug-ins.

Product Specifications
Universal Audio UAD 2 Quad Core and Custom Specifications
  • (Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/ SP1
  • (Mac) OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • 2 GB available disk space
  • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
  • Available FireWire 800 port for UAD-2 Satellite, Apollo, or Apollo 16
  • 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  866-823-1176 Warranty:  All Universal Audio hardware is warrantied for one year from date of purchase. (parts and labor)
DaDarkman from Brooklyn, NY, USA
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A great product but couldn't help my needs
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What is your overall opinion of this product?
UA is a great company and the UAD-2 line is very popular with engineers around the world. However, in my case there's a BUT, it didn't help offloading as I was expecting it too. My sessions on Ableton Live usually peak the CPU around 45 to 55% with about 30 tracks or so,containing around 6-7 third-party synths plugins. So, I thought buying the UAD Quad and replacing all the stock and third party dynamics plugins like EQs, Compressors, Limiters and Enhancers with UAD would ease the load... NOPE, it doesn't! I learnt the hard way after plunging a $1000 on the UAD-2 Quad card that dynamics plugins barely peak the CPU. So, If you are buying for the pure fact and reason of mixing with UAD plugs then great, go for it. However, beware that the other advertising feature, offloading, may not do that much; especially if the taxing of your PC is coming from other third party synths and FX which the UAD card is not going to help offloading! Very sad but I'm truly considering returning it :-(
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