Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Custom PCIe DSP Accelerator

PCIe DSP Card with 8 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips, the Analog Classics Plus UAD-powered Plug-in Bundle, and Your Pick of 3 x UAD-powered Plug-ins - AAX, VST, AU, RTAS (Mac/PC)
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Put UAD-powered Plug-ins to Work in Your DAW

Amp up your DAW with a Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Custom system. Loaded with eight Analog Devices SHARC chips, this UAD-2 OCTO PCIe card gives you the awesome DSP power you need to take a load off your CPU. What's more, this system lets you pick out any three UAD-powered plug-ins in addition to the complete Analog Classics Plus collection, so you're ready to take full advantage of your Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Custom PCIe card, right out of the box.

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.

Custom bundle lets you load up on UAD-powered plug-ins

Have it your way — with the UAD-2 Satellite OCTO Custom system, you get your pick of any three UAD-powered plug-ins on the market. That's right. You just go to the UAD Store (the same place you can pick up additional plug-ins a la carte), pick out any three plug-ins you like, and you're all set. On top of that, the UAD-2 Satellite OCTO Custom system also includes the Universal Audio Analog Classics Plus collection of five amazing UAD-powered plug-ins, which includes such classic processors as the UA LA-2A audio leveler, Pultec EQP-1A program EQ, and RealVerb Pro room modeler.

Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Custom 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
  • Comes with a voucher good for any three plug-ins from the UAD 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
  • 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
  • Run complex mix processing without taxing your host computer's CPU
  • Plug-ins available in AAX, VST, AU, and RTAS formats for use with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, and most other Mac or PC DAWs
  • Linkable to existing UAD groups/systems (up to 4 UAD-2s per system)
  • Coverage includes free UAD software upgrades and a 1-year limited warranty

Tech Specs

Supported Computer Format Mac, PC
Supported Plug-In Formats AAX, VST, AU, RTAS
Processor 8 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips
Connectivity Type PCIe
Hardware Requirements - Mac 1 x PCIe slot, 4GB disk space
Hardware Requirements - PC 1 x PCIe slot, 4GB disk space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8.5
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 (SP1)
Width 4.2"
Depth 6.6"
Manufacturer Part Number PCI2O-X

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Upping your game

I switched outboard gear and daw in a major studio refit to gain CAT5 capability and reduce cable runs to live rooms. In doing so I gained channel utilization which was threatening to outrun my computer processing capability. I had listened to UAD plugins for years and their outboard equipment is nothing short of legend. I ordered the UAD-2 OCTO Custom PCIe accelerator and I have not only upped my game in terms of sonic processing, I now have a ridiculous track count that doesn't require a single track freeze or early digital printing. In these days of expanded digital capability if I were to purchase a starting songwriter studio from scratch, after the MBP and ProTools HD purchases, the UAD accelerator with plugins would be the next required purchase

Authentic and Powerful

I just purchased the UAD-2 OCTO PCIe DSP Accelerator from my long time sales rep Joe Secu here at Sweetwater. I have been buying from Joe and Sweetwater since 2005!! He is a great sales rep and I highly recommend him if you are thinking of doing business with Sweetwater. If you call him tell him I sent you please. I made the buy for a couple of reasons and so glad I did. I have wanted to get UAD plug-ins for a long time. All I have heard are great things about them from various users. I have heard and seen them in use but not owning any hardware made it impossible for me to get any. So I contemplated what would be the best way to get some and this option seemed appropriate for me.The accelerator card was the icing on the cake. Taking all of that processing power off the back of my CPU left me with more tracking and less latency and as if that wasn't enough satisfaction with this purchase please read on for the added value from the plugin list!The price which includes the legacy plugins and 3 others of your choice made this such a value that I couldn't see not doing it. Lets face it to get this is a steal right now considering it normally sells for $ but when you factor in the plugin value!! Wow is all I can say.Once at UAD I was also presented with an additional free plugin. My list of plugins from this one purchase was an outstanding value. Here is what I got in this deal:Neve 88RS Channel Strip CollectionNeve 88RS LegacyNeve 33609Helios 69EMT 140 ReverbTeletronixs LA-2A LegacyUA 1176N LegacyUA 1176E LegacyPultec-Pro LegacyFairchild 670 LegacyRealVerb-ProPultec EQP-1A LegacyPrecision Mix Rack CollectionUA 610B Tube Preamp and EQPrecision Enhancer HzDo it. Don't think about it. It is money well spent and you will be rewarded with the quality of sound from the best of the best.

UAD-2 Octo

Have a Pro Tools HDX core card and another card for extra drives and had 1 PCIe slot remaining in my rack. Asked Michael at Sweetwater what he though? and he recommended the UAD-2 OCTO!Wow!I knew about the ability to track with reverb, etc with no latency but wow the amount of added power is insane!! At this point I'm just doing what I want with no regard for saving/worrying about DSP. I'm only up to 47% usage, Amazing!!!Has way more power than I was expecting!Have not had a chance to try all plugins yet but so far I know I like the Echo Plex and the SSL bus compressor.I would definitely recommend!


Not a question about it - THE BEST PLUGINS EXIST ,Just been blown away by the new Eventide 910 - The 224 Lex verb and the API channel strip is really among the best plugins ever made,Helios 69 is a legend and 1176's just nailed it -Guys im not an equipment freak - but this one ... just get it, consider it as a smart 'studio move'-Ballin' Out'a Control (: Oren Emanuel - producer,mix eng.

You Need This

If you want to get the most out of UAD plugs, you need this. Especially as the newer plugins eat up more DSP, your Solo or Duo and even your Quad probably aren't going to give you the instance counts you need. Do yourself a favor and get one of these or the new TB Satellite Octo. Thanks for hooking me up, Luke!
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Universal Audio, Universal Audio Plug-ins: Bundles