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Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Core PCIe DSP Accelerator Package

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The UAD-2 OCTO Core DSP Accelerator is Universal Audio's most powerful PCIe processing card, giving producers and engineers massive power for running...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 03-30-2018

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UA's flagship DSP Accelerator offers massive eight-processor horsepower for UAD Powered Plug-Ins.

The UAD-2 OCTO Core DSP Accelerator is Universal Audio's most powerful PCIe processing card, giving producers and engineers massive power for running award-winning UAD plug-ins on Mac or PC. In creating UAD plug-ins, UA's DSP engineers work with the original hardware manufacturers - using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears - to create fully authenticated plug-ins with all the warmth and harmonics of classic analog equipment.

The UAD-2 OCTO Core features eight SHARC processors, and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped desktop computer or compatible expansion chassis (PCIe or Thunderbolt*), giving your workstation a significant boost in audio quality and mix processing power.

The UAD-2 OCTO Core includes UA's "Analog Classics" plug-in bundle, and provides access to popular UAD plug-in titles from Ampex, Manley, Lexicon, EMT, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, Fairchild, Harrison, Little Labs, Studer, SSL, and more (sold separately).

Fully Mac and Windows 7-compatible, the UAD-2 OCTO Core is easy to use. Just install the software, install the PCIe card, and start mixing with some of the world's finest audio plug-ins.

*Thunderbolt connectivity is available for Mac only.

Flagship eight-processor DSP Accelerator Card (PCIe format) compatible with Intel-based Macs and Windows 7 PCs
Provides access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins library
Ideal for professional power-users running demanding projects w/ high plug-in instances and/or high sample rates
Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
Includes "Analog Classics" plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins
Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite, and Apollo / Apollo 16 audio interfaces
Connect to Thunderbolt-equipped Macs via a compatible chassis* (sold separately)
VST/AU/RTAS and 64-bit compatible
Also available as UAD-2 OCTO Custom and UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 2 packages

Order the OCTO Core card and max out the power of your high-end professional studio today.

Minimum System Requirements
(Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/ SP1
(Mac) OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
2 GB available disk space
Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
Available FireWire 800 port for UAD-2 Satellite, Apollo, or Apollo 16
1024 x 800 minimum display resolution
Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software

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"Captain, I've got to have more power"

By Hoenerbr

from New York

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  • Easy To Install
  • Fast
  • Highly Compatible
  • Quiet
  • Reliable


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      Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Core PCIe DSP Accelerator Package:

      What can I say, If your reading this you know how much firepower an Octo card can bring to your system! This is my second card as well as a UAD Apollo Quad, So I'm up to 20 Sharcs DSP's! And I'll probably still want more but don't let that discourage you. One Octo card is an amazing amount of Plugin Power for what I consider the Best Audio Plugins on the Market!!!

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      So much lush sounding analog emulation!!

      By Beachside Studio

      from Boston, MA

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      • Easy To Set Up
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        Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Core PCIe DSP Accelerator Package:

        I already owned the Apollo Quad and love the Universal Audio plugins. When I found myself wanting more and more UAD plugins the processing limit of the quad became a burden. With 8 more cores now it feels like I can endlessly pile on those beautiful UAD plugins that emulate analog hardware and there's little load on the native processor. Highly recommend the octo card or thunderbolt attached box if you are using UAD plugins.

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