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UAD-2 Buying Guide

Powered Plug-ins with Undeniable Analog Sound

Universal Audio designed the UAD platform to bring you plug-ins that can rival the rich, analog sound of real hardware. The processing these plug-ins require would normally cripple your host computer, but UAD Powered Plug-ins use super-powerful Analog Devices SHARC processors to run these awesome-sounding plug-ins with ultra-low latency. This liberates your host computer’s resources for your DAW session and virtual instruments. You’ll notice that your mixes sound fuller and more vibrant when you mix with UAD Powered Plug-ins, and you’ll never have to worry about running out of CPU resources for power-hungry native plug-ins again.

Powerful DSP for your PCIe, Thunderbolt, or FireWire-equipped Computer

It’s easy to add powerful UAD Powered Plug-ins to your desktop or laptop computer. UAD-2 PCIe cards install directly inside your computer, while the UAD-2 Satellite connects to your computer via Thunderbolt or FireWire. While most studios will choose the PCIe-based UAD processors, the Satellite is a powerful solution that’s also perfect for mixing on the go on your laptop. Both are high-performance solutions for running UAD Powered Plug-ins. And whichever UAD solution is right for your setup, we’re sure you’ll never want to mix with native plug-ins again.

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DSP Hardware Processors Available In
QUAD 4 PCIe, USB, Thunderbolt, FireWire
OCTO 8 PCIe, USB, Thunderbolt

Apollo audio interfaces with real-time UAD processing

Leveraging UA’s impressive history of creating amazing analog studio gear, the Apollo family combines class-leading analog circuitry with top-notch digital conversion, and tops it off with built-in UAD DSP processing. You’ve got the ability to mix and even record in realtime with UAD Powered Plugins, all without taxing your host computer. Once we had a chance to work with the Apollo series we quickly realized that these are outstanding interfaces in every respect — the built-in UAD processing is just icing on the cake.

apollos

Apollo Twin SOLO Apollo Twin DUO Apollo Twin DUO USB Apollo 8 DUO
Processors 1 2 2 2
Mic Preamps 2 Mic/Instrument 2 Mic/Instrument 2 Mic/Instrument 4 x Mic, 2 x Instrument
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz
Simultaneous I/O 10 x 6 10 x 6 10 x 6 18 x 24
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4″ Combo, 1 x Hi-Z 2 x XLR-1/4″ Combo, 1 x Hi-Z 2 x XLR-1/4″ Combo, 1 x Hi-Z 4 x XLR-1/4″ Combo, 4 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 1 x 1/4″ (Headphones) 2 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 1 x 1/4″ (Headphones) 2 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 1 x 1/4″ (Headphones) 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 4 x 1/4″ (Line), 4 x 1/4″ (Line/Alt), 2 x 1/4″ (Headphones)
Digital Inputs 1 x Optical 1 x Optical 1 x Optical 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical
Digital Outputs None None None 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical
Clock I/O None None None 2 x Word Clock
Connection 1 x Thunderbolt 1 x Thunderbolt 1 x USB 3.0 2 x Thunderbolt
Computer Platform Mac Mac PC Mac
Included Plug-ins Realtime Analog Classics Plus Realtime Analog Classics Plus Realtime Analog Classics Plus Realtime Analog Classics Plus
User Home Recordist Project Studio Owner Project Studio Owner Project Studio Owner
 
Apollo FIreWire QUAD Apollo 8 QUAD Apollo 8p QUAD Apollo 16 QUAD
Processors 4 4 4 4
Mic Preamps 4 x Mic, 2 x Instrument 4 x Mic, 2 x Instrument 8 x Mic, 2 x Instrument None
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz 24-bit/192kHz
Simultaneous I/O 18 x 24 18 x 24 18 x 24 18 x 20
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR, 8 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z Instrument) 4 x XLR-1/4″ Combo, 4 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z Instrument) 8 x XLR, 2 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z) 2 x DB-25
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 8 x 1/4″ (Line), 2 x 1/4″ (Headphones) 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 4 x 1/4″ (Line), 4 x 1/4″ (Line/Alt), 2 x 1/4″ (Headphones) 2 x 1/4″ (Monitor), 6 x 1/4″ (Line/Alt), 2 x 1/4″ (Headphones) 2 x DB-25, 2 x XLR
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical 1 x Coax, 2 x Optical 1 x XLR (AES/EBU)
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock 2 x Word Clock 2 x Word Clock 1 x Word Clock
Connection 1 x FireWire 800 2 x Thunderbolt 2 x Thunderbolt 1 x Thunderbolt
Computer Platform Mac/PC Mac Mac Mac
Included Plug-ins Analog Classics Plus Realtime Analog Classics Plus Realtime Analog Classics Plus Realtime Analog Classics Plus
User Pro User Pro User Pro User Pro User

UAD Powered Plug-ins emulate vintage hardware processors

Whether you go the PCIe, Satellite, or Apollo route, you’ll get a bundle of analog-sounding plug-ins to get you started. You’ll have spot-on emulations of vintage audio gear, like the Teletronix LA-2A leveling amplifier and Pultec equalizers. You also get stunningly realistic ambience from Realverb Pro, versatile guitar amplifier modeling from Softube Amp Room Essentials, and new plug-ins are being developed by top manufacturers constantly. Call your Sales Engineer today to learn more about Universal Audio’s UAD Powered Plug-ins.

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