Universal Audio UAD-2 (QUAD Core) Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from The Great State of Texas
March 22, 2013Music Background:
Engineer, Studio Owner
Fantastic Emulations that rival the real thing!Just 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 have 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.
from Doylestown, PA
March 9, 2013Music Background:
UAD-2There 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.
Being limited to UAD's DSP is a drag, it's basically 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.
from Orillia, ON Canada
October 31, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Home Recordist. Little Guy.
Best Thing Since Sliced Bread!!Anything 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 the 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!
September 23, 2008Music Background:
Recording Engineer / Producer
A huge step in the right directionFor 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 quite 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!