Universal Audio UAD-2 (QUAD Core)Item ID: UAD2Quad
PCIe DSP Card with 4 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips and the Analog Classics UAD-powered Plug-in Bundle - VST, AU, RTAS (Mac/PC)
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Put UAD-powered Plug-ins to Work in Your DAW!Plug Universal Audio's amazing UAD-2 QUAD Core PCIe card into your computer and find out what your mixes have been missing! Turbocharged with four Analog Devices SHARC chips, this UAD-2 QUAD gives you the awesome DSP power you need to take the load off your CPU, plus the Analog Classics collection - a killer bundle of UAD-powered plug-ins that will infuse your mix with the freakishly realistic sound of studio-standard analog gear. Any way you look at it, the Universal UAD-2 QUAD is a major upgrade to any studio.
Universal Audio UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP Plug-in Acceleration System at a Glance:
Experience the power of SHARC chip technology
Universal Audio's UAD-2 cards take advantage of state-of-the-art DSP technology, adding serious horsepower to your music-production system. Each of the four SHARC chips onboard boasts 32-bit floating-point architecture, for the ultimate in precision and performance. When put to the test, the power potential of even a single UAD-2 system is more than impressive. Better still, you can mix and match up to four UAD-2 PCIe cards or Satellites, allowing you to meet the processing needs of even the most demanding sessions.
Flexible operation modes for tracking and mixing
Using UAD-2 QUAD's LiveTrack mode, you can reduce latency on active UAD-2 plug-ins to the lowest amount possible. That's just what you need for monitoring processed audio during the live tracking stages. On the mixing side, Universal Audio gave the UAD-2 QUAD a handy LoadLock feature. This useful tool lets you automatically reserve the maximum DSP load that each of your active UAD-2 plug-ins could ever demand, so you'll be certain you have enough DSP to engage features, such as writing automation, later.
Analog Classics starts you off with five killer UAD plug-ins
Universal Audio's Analog Classics collection starts off with a couple of classic UA dynamics processors: the iconic LA-2A audio leveler and 1176LN/SE limiting amplifiers. It's almost unfair how realistic these plug-ins sound, let alone the fact that your UAD-2 card has more than enough power to run several instances of both at once. Then there's a dead-on recreation of Pultec's legendary EQP-1A program EQ, plus the outstanding RealVerb Pro room modeler and CS-1 channel strip plug-ins. And if that's not enough, you can always pick up more plug-ins a la carte at the UAD store.
Universal Audio UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP Plug-in Acceleration System Features:
Universal Audio's UAD-2 QUAD card puts jaw-dropping classic plug-ins - and processing power - to work in your DAW!
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Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
Fantastic Emulations that rival the real thing!
by Robert Snyder from The Great State of TexasJust installed our 3rd UAD 2 QUAD card. 4 or more UA plug-ins on every channel is nothing for us now even with high track counts! There is no way anyone but the biggest studio owners could afford to h... read more [+]ave this much hardware outside the world of plug-ins. The realism of the sound has been proven to be indistinguishable from the hardware being emulated. Even if you get the lowest horsepower card and render your tracks, you'll be impressed with the sound you can get with the Universal Audio plug-ins. Recommend the hardware (UA mic preamps, etc.) for tracking, and the plug-ins for mixing. Oh, and a great mic like the Sure KSM313. Your work will sound better. close [-]
March 22, 2013
Music Background: Engineer, Studio Owner
by Pier Giacalone from Doylestown, PAThere is no other choice if you want to mix in the box and be competitive with people using tens of thousands of dollars in hardware.
March 9, 2013
Music Background: Producer/Engineer/Musician
Being limited to UAD's DSP is a drag, it's basicall... read more [+]y the biggest, most expensive dongle in the world, but they've never been cracked and they make the best plug-in hands down. They have the only licensed classic Neve emulations, SSL emulations that put Waves to shame and now API too (among a bunch of others). It goes on and on. From the EMT140 Plate to the Lex 224 to the Studer A800 and Ampex....they simply are the best in a class by themselves. So you pony up for the stupid hardware which is still a fraction of the real EQs, Comps and FX. close [-]
Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!!
by Dwight Powell from Orillia, ON CanadaAnything I have ever used from Universal Audio and indeed anytime I have ever communicated with them, I have been very impressed. The UAD-2 Quad is no exception. The card was very easy to install in t... read more [+]he ePCI slot in my computer and worked immediately, communicated with UA and I was up and running in a just a few minutes. To work with a company that commands respect from the pros..and yet works so well with the "little guy", is a treat. Keep it up! close [-]
October 31, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician, Home Recordist. Little Guy.
A huge step in the right direction
by Albert Coppo from MiamiFor years, the UAD-1 community has been asking why UA wasn't using more powerful DSP chips. Well, UAD-2 is here and it's more powerful for sure. I purchased the UAD-2 Quad, and the difference is qui... read more [+]te impressive. I am replacing my 4 UAD-1's for 1 Quad and I have power to spare! Not all plug-ins are available for the UAD-2 at the time of the initial release, so I needed to keep one of my UAD-1's and the integration of both units in the same system is transparent. The new, more powerful UA-2 comes in different flavors: single, dual and quad... My humble advise: buy the most powerful you can afford...UA is planning new plug-n releases and you don't want to run out of power! close [-]
September 23, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer / Producer
Universal Audio UAD-2 (QUAD Core)
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