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Universal Audio UAD-2 Octo Ultimate



UAD-2 accelerator cards leverage Universal Audio's state-of-the-art DSP technology to add serious horsepower to your music production system. Install a UAD-2 DSP accelerator card to any Mac or Windows-based desktop, workstation, or compatible expansion chassis, and turbo-charge it with the three-dimensional harmonics and tonal diversity of vintage analog sound.


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Available in four scalable levels, SOLO, DUO, QUAD, and OCTO, UAD-2 PCIe cards provide the processing power from one, two, four, or eight separate digital SHARC processor chips; the higher the level, the more processing power so you can run larger, more complex mixes without taxing the rest of the system.

With the UAD-2 accelerator cards, comes access to over sixty UAD-powered plug-ins made in partnership with top-name gear makers like Roland, Ampex, SSL, Manley, Empirical Labs, BOSS, Harrison, Fairchild, Little Labs, EMT, Helios, Teletronix.

UAD-2 Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages offer purchasing flexibility in choosing UAD-powered plug-ins. The UAD-2 Core package includes the Analog Classics Plug-in Bundle featuring 1176LN/SE, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, Real Verb Pro, and LA-2A to impart vintage character and tone to your sound. The Custom package has the Analog Classics bundle plus three individual UAD plug-ins to be chosen at registration.

The UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate reigns as the top-of-the-line flagship package, supplying eight SHARC processors to supplement the DSP processing power of Windows-based or Mac native workstation, freeing up resources for tasks like heavier mix automations, additional tracks, or native effects. OCTO Ultimate also offers exclusive operational modes like Live Track to reduce latency on plug-ins and Load Lock to reserve DSP load in order to put aside power for later functions.

Choosing the UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 2 package brings an unparalleled choice of over seventy phenomenal virtual processors and the best-sounding effects from some of the makers of the hottest analog gear of all time.

Product Features:
  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac and PC towers and PCIe expansion chassis
  • Access nearly 60 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more (sold separately)
  • Includes DSP Accelerator Card (PCIe format), plus a choice of Core, Custom or Ultimate UAD plug-in packages
  • Available in SOLO, DUO, QUAD, and OCTO models w/ 1, 2, 4, or 8 SHARC processors
  • Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
  • All packages include Analog Classics bundle featuring LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A and Realverb Pro plug-ins.
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer and more
  • Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including additional UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite (FireWire), and Apollo audio interface
  • VST, AU, RTAS support; Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion and Windows 7 compatible

Product Specifications:
  • High-bandwidth x1 PCI Express card (PCIe 2.0 compatible)
  • UAD-2 SOLO: low-profile, half-height, short PCIe card
  • UAD-2 DUO/QUAD/OCTO: full-height, short PCIe card
  • 1, 2, 4 or 8 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • Supports VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz sample rate support for all plug-ins
  • 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy

Product Specifications:
  • (Win) Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition
  • (Mac) OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • 2 gigabytes available hard drive space
  • 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution
  • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
  • Internet connection or CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software

Compare Models:

UAD-2 SOLO CoreProcessor: 1 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Home RecordistsIncluded Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 DUO Core
Processor: 2 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Project StudiosIncluded Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 DUO Custom
Processor: 2 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Project StudiosIncluded Plug-Ins: Custom bundle, Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 QUAD Core
Processor: 4 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Professional UsersIncluded Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 QUAD Custom
Processor: 4 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Professional UsersIncluded Plug-Ins: Custom Bundle, Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 OCTO Core
Processor: 8 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Professional Power UsersIncluded Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 OCTO Custom
Processor: 8 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Professional Power UsersIncluded Plug-Ins: Custom Bundle, Analog Classics bundleUAD-2 OCTO Ultimate
Processor: 8 x SHARC processorRecommended Use: Professional Power UsersIncluded Plug-Ins: Ultimate Bundle: 55+ UA Developed Powered Plug-Ins, up to and including software v6.3