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UPDATED (Feb 2014): Universal Audio UAD PCIe compatibility with the new (2013) Mac Pro models.

UPDATE: UAD Products are now compatible with the new “trash can” Mac Pros via a firmware and software update. For more information, please see this article.

Note: UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD will not be compatible due to a new PCIe addressing scheme in the new Mac Pros. More details are at the article listed above.

In order to perform the firmware update, you’ll need to use a computer other than the new Mac Pro via firewire or thunderbolt. If you’re using an Apollo, you can use the new Mac Pro to perform the update if you have a thunderbolt to firewire adapter.



From Universal Audio:

As you may know, Apple recently shipped their new flagship Mac Pro models. These new machines are based on all-new PCIe architecture which changes the way they work with UAD-2 and Apollo hardware.

Apollo/Apollo 16 interfaces, UAD-2 Satellites, and the UAD-2 OCTO will be fully qualified to work with the new Mac Pros over Thunderbolt via a UA firmware update in early 2014.

Unfortunately UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD PCIe cards cannot be made to work with the new Mac Pros. (See table below for full UAD/Mac compatibility list.)

Importantly, the UAD-2 OCTO PCIe card will require a qualified Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis for compatibility with the new Mac Pros. UAD-2 Satellite owners, and Apollo / Apollo 16 owners not using Thunderbolt, will be able to connect to new Mac Pros via an Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter.

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Before Connecting UAD Devices to the New Apple Mac Pro (2013 models)

Please read the important information below before connecting any Apollo DUO/QUAD, Apollo 16, and/or UAD-2 OCTO to the new Mac Pro computers (2013 models) from Apple.

A firmware update is required to enable new Mac Pro connectivity

  • The required firmware is not yet available. It will be included in a revised UAD Powered Plug-Ins installer available at www.uaudio.com/downloads in early 2014.
  • Apollo DUO/QUAD, Apollo 16, and UAD-2 OCTO devices with firmware from UAD v7.4.1 (and lower) require the firmware update to be recognized by the new Mac Pro.
  • This initial firmware update must be performed while connected to a computer other than the new Mac Pro.
    Note: The initial firmware update may also be performed using the new Mac Pro, with Apollo devices only, via the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter.
  • The initial firmware update can be performed on compatible Mac systems (other than the new Mac Pro, as above) via FireWire or Thunderbolt, or compatible Windows 7 systems via FireWire. Subsequent firmware updates can be applied from the new Mac Pro as usual.


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