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Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Custom


Stunning analog power for your Mac or PC tower. Ready to super-charge your Mac or PC tower with world-class analog sound? UAD-2 DSP Accelerator cards provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, Roland, SSL and more. The UAD-2 packages feature a user-installable PCIe-format processing card for your desktop tower or compatible expansion chassis, plus the “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle (VST/AU/RTAS), giving you vintage tone and character, right out of the box.


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Expandable processing power, from SOLO to OCTO
UAD-2 DSP Accelerator cards are available in four distinct processor levels: SOLO, DUO, QUAD, and OCTO. With scalable processing power from one (SOLO) to eight (OCTO) individual Analog Devices SHARC processors, UAD DSP Accelerators offer a big mixing horsepower “boost” to your host Mac or PC workstation. Much like a studio rack filled with dedicated analog gear, UAD PCIe cards let you reliably run larger mixes, filled with rich, sonically complex plug-ins — no matter what the rest of your system is doing. For example, a UAD-2 OCTO can run up to 80 mono instances of our groundbreaking Studer A800 Tape Machine plug-in — a processing task that would bring a native workstation to its knees

Available as Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages
UAD-2 DSP Accelerators are available as “Core,” “Custom,” and “Ultimate” software packages. The Core package includes the Analog Classics plug-in bundle (see contents above right). The Custom package includes Analog Classics bundle, plus it lets you pick any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The OCTO Ultimate is UA’s flagship package, and includes more than 55 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD software v6.3.

UAD plug-in craftsmanship: The science behind the scenes
Most people don’t immediately think of audio software when they hear the word “craftsmanship.” But that’s what separates UAD plug-ins from the rest. One of the most common responses we hear from UAD users is, “Wow, I didn’t know plug-ins could sound this good.” That’s because in developing UAD-2 plug-ins, UA’s engineering group undertakes a thorough physical modeling of classic audio hardware. This process means that we essentially “rebuild” vintage analog gear in the digital world, component by component. It’s how UAD plug-ins replicate the exact, sometimes quirky, behavior of analog hardware — bringing its rich, three-dimensional sound and harmonics "in the box."


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 Core
  • Processor: 1 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Home Recordists
  • Included Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 DUO Core
  • Processor: 2 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Project Studios
  • Included Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 DUO Custom
  • Processor: 2 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Project Studios
  • Included Plug-Ins: Custom bundle, Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 QUAD Core
  • Processor: 4 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Professional Users
  • Included Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 QUAD Custom
  • Processor: 4 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Professional Users
  • Included Plug-Ins: Custom Bundle, Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 OCTO Core
  • Processor: 8 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Professional Power Users
  • Included Plug-Ins: Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 OCTO Custom
  • Processor: 8 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Professional Power Users
  • Included Plug-Ins: Custom Bundle, Analog Classics bundle

  • UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate
  • Processor: 8 x SHARC processor
  • Recommended Use: Professional Power Users
  • Included Plug-Ins: Ultimate Bundle: 55+ UA Developed Powered Plug-Ins, up to and including software v6.3