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.

Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Custom DSP Plug-in Acceleration System at a Glance:
  • Experience the power of SHARC chip technology
  • Flexible operation modes for tracking and mixing
  • Custom bundle lets you load up on UAD-powered plug-ins
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
Universal Audio's UAD-2 OCTO Custom system puts jaw-dropping plug-ins and phenomenal processing power to work in your DAW!

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

Customer Reviews

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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

Worth every dime!

I was wondering if it was going to be worth the money. It sure was. You can hear the UAD difference. The plug-ins sound amazing. Money well spent! I do everything in the box. This really freed up my cpu. I can run all the virtual instruments I want now. Love it!
Music background: Amateur Recording Engineer, Musician, Song Writer
See also: Universal Audio, Universal Audio Plug-ins: Bundles