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Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad   

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The UAD-2 QUAD is Universal Audio's most powerful processing package, giving producers and engineers full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-In...Read More

Available 11-16-2016

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The ultimate in UAD powered plug-ins, with Quad processing power.

The UAD-2 QUAD is Universal Audio's most powerful processing package, giving producers and engineers full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC. This DSP accelerator package includes several of Universal Audio's most popular "analog classic" plug-ins-the LA-2A and 1176 Compressors/Limiters, and the Pultec EQP-1A-for rich, vintage sound quality right out of the box. Thanks to its PCIe card with 4 SHARC processors, the UAD-2 QUAD provides 4 times the processing boost of the UAD-2 SOLO, allowing for the largest professional mixes. Better still, it gives users full access to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library, including some of the best-reviewed plug-ins of all time.

Specifically, the UAD-2 QUAD provides access to popular UAD plug-in titles from Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, BOSS, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix, and more (sold separately). Whether you use Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Digital Performer, or Pro Tools, these UAD-2 plug-ins can inject the character and quality of classic hardware into your mixes, while freeing up your computer's internal processor for other mixing duties.

Mac- and Windows-compatible, with support for VST, Audio Units and RTAS, the UAD-2 QUAD is easy to use. Just install the software, install the card, and start mixing.

Developed by one of the industry's finest engineering teams, and backed by frequent new software and plug-in releases, the UAD-2 is the processing platform of choice for many of the world's top musicians, producers, and engineers.

  • Flagship quad-processor DSP Accelerator Card for UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC
  • Includes "Analog Classics" plug-in bundle, featuring LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN/SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, and Realverb Pro plug-ins
  • Access the complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library, including: Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, BOSS, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix, and more (sold separately)
  • Run complex, professional mix processing in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, and more”without taxing host computer CPU
  • Free UAD software upgrades, plus access to more plug-ins at UA's Online Store
  • High-bandwidth PCIe card with 4 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • VST, AU, RTAS support; Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard and Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible
  • Use up to 4 UAD-2(s) in one system; can be combined with UAD-1 cards
  • Includes $50 voucher for plug-in purchases via UA's Online Store

Get the plug-ins professionals are using to make records — and seriously boost your computer's processing power too.


UAD-2 Quad

  • Specifications:
    High-bandwidth x1 PCI Express card (PCIe 2.0 compatible)
    UAD-2 SOLO: low-profile, half-height, short PCIe card
    UAD-2 DUO/QUAD: full-height, short PCIe card
    1, 2 or 4 Analog Devices SHARC 21369 floating-point processors
    Multi-card support for up to 4 UAD-2's and 4 UAD-1's in one computer
    Cross-Platform for Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6, Windows XP/x64, Vista32/64, 7 32/64
    Supports VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
    44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz sample rate support for all plug-ins
    Drivers optimized for modern multithread and multiprocessor architectures
    Realtime and faster than realtime processing for mix bounces
    LoadLock ensures resource availability on loaded plug-ins
    14-day full function demo for all plug-ins

    Minimum System Requirements:
    Microsoft Windows XP (Home, Professional, or x64 Edition), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista (x86 or x64), Windows 7 (32 or 64)

    Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger, 10.5.x Leopard, or 10.6.x Snow Leopard
    Processor upgrade cards are not officially supported
    1 available PCIe (PCI Express) x1/x4/x8 or x16 slot
    256MB RAM (512MB is strongly recommended)
    1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor
    CD-ROM drive or internet connection for software installation
    125MB available hard drive space for UAD-2 or UAD-1 installation
    250MB available hard drive space for combined UAD-2 plus UAD-1 installation
    Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
    Compatible VST or Audio Units plug-in host application software

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By Zzzyzzzyzzzyxxx

from La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico

Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad:

This is my third UAD card (I have an original UAD-1 as well as UAD-2 duo).

The installation is totally painless and UAD's account management and authorization process meant that the time from opening up the PC to install the card and having it up and running was all of 10 minutes.

Being able to off-load DSP from the PC's CPU to the UAD's SHARC chips is a great side benefit to having and using UAD's plugins. The plugins are really top notch and provide many tools for solving acoustic and production problems that I don't find in my TC Powercore and Waves plugins (though these have some solutions that I like better than UAD).

If you do decide to move into the UAD platform, get the quad, otherwise, you will likely wish you had!
I have been a UAD user for 5 years now and have never had a problem with their software or hardware.

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