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Universal Audio UAD 2 Quad DSP Accelerator Card

PCIe DSP Card with 4 SHARC Chips, 7 Mix Essentials II Plug-ins, and $50 Plug-in Voucher - Mac/PC - VST, AU, RTAS

Universal Audio UAD 2 Quad DSP Accelerator Card

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Product Description for the Universal Audio UAD 2 Quad DSP Accelerator Card

The Ultimate in UAD Powered Plug-Ins, with QUAD Processing Power.

The UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator Card is Universal Audio’s most powerful and flexible processing hardware, giving producers and engineers full, professional access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC. This PCIe card features four Analog Devices SHARC chips to “power” the largest collection of the world’s finest analog emulation plug-ins — including classics from Neve, Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.

With its four SHARC processors, the UAD-2 QUAD lets you run large professional mixes with ultra high-quality plug-ins, freeing up your Mac or PC’s internal processor for other mixing or virtual instrument duties. Whether you use Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo or Performer, a UAD-2 QUAD offers rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with a native Mac- or PC-based system.

Developed by the industry’s finest engineering team, and backed by frequent new software and plug-in releases, UAD-2 QUAD cards have found a home with many of the world’s leading engineers and producers, powering multiple Platinum-selling and Grammy-winning records.


  • Flagship quad-processor DSP Accelerator Card for UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC
  • Access the world’s finest emulations of analog classics: Neve, Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more
  • Run large, professional mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more — without taxing host computer CPU
  • Includes 1176SE Compressor, Pultec EQP-1A, Realverb Pro & CS-1 Channel Strip
  • Free UAD software upgrades, plus access to more plug-ins at UA’s Online Store
  • Auto Delay Compensation for Pro Tools LE via Mellowmuse ATA plug-in
  • VST, AU, RTAS support; Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard and Windows XP/Vista compatible
  • High-bandwidth PCIe card w/ (4) Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • 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
  • 1-year Limited Warranty


  • 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
  • Averages 2.5X(Solo), 5X(Duo), 10X(Quad) the power of UAD-1
  • 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, Windows XP/x64, Vista32/64
  • 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 multi-thread and multi-processor architectures
  • Real-time and faster than real-time processing for mix bounces
  • LiveTrack™ low-latency mode for monitoring, tracking and performance
  • SessionMap™ bi-directional UAD-1 <-> UAD-2 session compatibility
  • L.O.D.E.™ (Live Optimizing DSP Engine) automatically balances DSP loads
  • LoadLock™ ensures resource availability on loaded plug-ins
  • Redesigned plug-in Toolbar includes improved preset management
  • Redesigned UAD Meter & Control Panel application
  • Simplified Registration/Authorization process via one button click
  • World’s premier plug-in library with premier titles from Neve®, Roland®, Moog®, SPL®, Pultec, and more
  • 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy
  • Powered Plug-Ins™ available 24/7
  • Easy license transfer for previous generation UAD-1/1e/Xpander users
  • UAD v5.x supports all existing UAD hardware
  • Designed and assembled in the USA



  • Microsoft Windows XP (Home, Professional, or x64 Edition), Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista (x86 or x64)


  • 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
    • 256 MB RAM (512 MB is strongly recommended)
    • 1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor
    • CD-ROM drive or internet connection for software installation
    • 125 MB available hard drive space for UAD-2 or UAD-1 installation
    • 250 MB 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. See compatibility page for more details.
    Brand Universal Audio
    Weight 2.0000
    Dimensions (WxHxD) NA

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