What an amazing solution
I was initially looking at a more complicated external processing solution because I was not aware of UA's offering. Thankfully my Sweetwater engineer, Brandon, told me about the UAD-2 and I could not be happier. I already have a Sweetwater Creation Station, so installation into one of the computer's available card slots was super easy. The software installation and licensing/registration all went off without a hitch too. Works seamlessly with my DAW (Live 9).
I have used some great plug ins from other vendors, and still do at times, but there is something uniquely special about these UA models. The included plug ins and the ones I was able to select as part of the Custom package (a good savings by the way) have all been sonically outstanding. I love UA's monitoring utility which let's you know at a glance exactly how much capacity you have remaining on the card. So far I haven't even come close to maxing it out. I would call the genre I work most in modern popular Christian music.
This is an absolutely fantastic solution when you want to save processing power on your PC and desire the highest quality plug ins available.