Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Core PCIe DSP Accelerator

PCIe DSP Card with 8 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips and the Analog Classics Plus UAD-powered Plug-in Bundle - AAX, 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 OCTO Core PCIe card into your computer and find out what your mixes have been missing! Turbocharged with eight Analog Devices SHARC chips, this UAD-2 OCTO gives you the awesome DSP power you need to take the load off your CPU, plus the Analog Classics Plus 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 OCTO is a major upgrade to any studio.

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 eight 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 OCTO'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 OCTO 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 Plus starts you off with five killer UAD plug-ins

Universal Audio's Analog Classics Plus 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 re-creation of Pultec's legendary EQP-1A program EQ, the Pultec Pro EQ, plus the outstanding RealVerb Pro room modeler. 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 OCTO Core DSP Plug-in Acceleration System Features:

  • Flagship DSP-accelerator PCIe card for UAD Powered Plug-ins loaded with 8 x Analog Devices SHARC 21469 floating-point coprocessors for DSP plug-in acceleration
  • Includes Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, featuring LA-2A, 1176LN/SE, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins
  • Additional UAD plug-ins available at the UAD online store
  • UAD plug-ins made in partnership with top gear makers including Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix, and many others
  • Run complex mix processing in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, and more - without taxing host computer CPU
  • Free UAD software upgrades, plus access to more plug-ins at UA's online store
  • AAX, VST, AU, RTAS support
  • Linkable to existing UAD groups/systems - use up to 4 UAD-2s in one system
  • 1-year limited warranty

Additional Media

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Tech Specs

Supported Computer Format Mac, PC
Supported Plug-In Formats AAX 64, VST, AU, RTAS
Processor 8 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips
Connectivity Type PCIe
Hardware Requirements - Mac 1 x PCIe slot, 6GB disk space
Hardware Requirements - PC 1 x PCIe slot, 6GB disk space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 (SP1) or later
Width 4.2"
Depth 6.6"
Manufacturer Part Number PCIOCO

Customer Reviews

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Huge Increase in DSP firepower!

I just got two of these and went from 3 to 16 cores. what an amazing increase of firepower and flexibility. I'm working on multiple mastering jobs and it's made the difference in workflow with all the different styles of music involved YAY!

Another league

If you are looking for more DSP and plugins that sound almost exactly like the hardware outboard gear then you definitely need to invest in a UAD octo PCI card. I am now able to get the dull sounding mixes I once had to sound like professional tracks with a lot more punch. Should have invested in this a lot sooner but I am truly happy with my purchase.
Music background: Audio Engineer/Producer


Added this Octo card to an existing UAD2 Octo and two Apollo quads and am very pleased with the amazing power of this system. The clarity and accuracy of UA plugins make it totally possible to make a professional recording in your home or pro studio. With the advancement of today's modeling technology all you need to add is skill and patience.

Finding it hard to max it out!

Love this recent addition to my processing arsenal! I had a solo core before and was maxing out the DSP right and left with the more taxing UAD plugins. Now the projects I was maxing the DSP previously with are now only scratching the DSP usage on this beast!
Music background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Producer, Mix Engineer
See also: Universal Audio, Universal Audio Plug-ins: Bundles