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Universal Audio UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator OCTO Ultimate 5  From UA

They don't call this the ultimate bundle for nothing - this card is the maximum processing power, and includes almost all of the available UAD plug-ins!

Universal Audio

1176 Classic Limiting Amplifier Plug-In Collection Trailer

Ever since its announcement in 1967, the 1176 has lent its character and punch to some of the greatest recordings in history — creating a solid framework for any mix, in any genre. Universal Audio released its first 1176 plug-in emulation in 2001 and inspired a decade of analog emulation software. Today, we've circled back to the 1176, and modeled its entire electronic path from stem to stern. The resulting 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides unrivaled emulations of three distinct 1176 units.

Manufacturer's Description from UA

From project studios to multi-platinum mix engineers, UAD Powered Plug-Ins have been winning over audio professionals for more than 15 years with their stunning analog sound. The UAD library now features more than 90 plug-ins, co-created with the biggest brands in audio. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of DSP engineers, UAD plug-ins set the standard by which all other audio plug-ins are judged


Key Features


● Powerful 8 SHARC processor PCIe Card for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Intel-based Macs and

Windows 7 PCs

● Includes “Ultimate 5” plug-in bundle, featuring 79 UA-developed plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland,

Studer, Neve, SSL, EMT and more**

● 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

● Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite, and Apollo

audio interfaces

● Connect to Thunderbolt-equipped Macs via a compatible PCIe chassis* (sold separately)

● VST, AU, RTAS, AAX 64 and 64-bit compatible


*Thunderbolt connectivity is available for Mac only.

** Ultimate 5 package includes 79 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD Software v7.8. Does not include any

Direct Developer (3rd party) plug-ins, nor plug-ins released after UAD software v7.8.



Ultimate 5 Software Bundle Contents


Channel Strips (6)

API Vision Channel Strip

CS-1 Channel Strip

Neve® 88RS Channel Strip

SSL E Series Channel Strip

UA 610-A Preamp & EQ

UA 610-B Preamp & EQ


Compressors/Limiters (19)

dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter

EX-1 Equalizer/Compressor

Fairchild® 670 Compressor

Fairchild® 660 Compressor

Fairchild® Legacy 670 Compressor

Neve® 33609 Compressor

Neve® 33609SE Compressor

Precision Buss Compressor

SSL G Series Bus Compressor

Teletronix® LA-2 Classic Leveler

Teletronix® LA-2A Gray Classic Leveler

Teletronix® LA-2A Legacy Leveling Amplifier

Teletronix® LA-2A Silver Classic Leveler

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Leveler

UA 1176AE Classic Limiter

UA 1176LN Legacy Limiting Amplifier

UA 1176SE Legacy Limiting Amplifier

UA 1176 Rev A Classic Limiter

UA 1176LN Rev E Classic Limiter


Delay & Modulation (8)

BOSS® CE-1 Chorus Ensemble

Cooper® Time Cube MkII Delay

DM-1 Delay Modulator

DM-1L Long Delay Modulator

EP-34 Tape Echo

MXR® Flanger/Doubler

Roland® Dimension D

Roland® RE-201 Space Echo


Equalizers (20)

API 550A Parametric EQ

API 560 Graphic EQ

Cambridge EQ

Harrison® 32C Channel EQ

Harrison® 32C SE Channel EQ

Helios™ Type 69 EQ

Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ

Neve® 1073 Legacy Classic Console EQ

Neve® 1073SE Legacy Classic Console EQ

Neve® 1081 Classic Console EQ

Neve® 1081SE Classic Console EQ

Neve® 31102 Classic Console EQ

Neve® 31102SE Classic Console EQ

Precision Equalizer

Pultec EQP-1A Legacy EQ

Pultec EQP-1A Passive EQ

Pultec HLF-3C Passive EQ

Pultec MEQ-5 Passive EQ

Pultec Pro Legacy EQ

Trident® A-Range Classic Console EQ


Mastering (6)

Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery

Precision Maximizer

Precision Multiband

Precision Limiter

Manley® Massive Passive EQ

Manley® Massive Passive Mastering EQ


Reverbs (7)

DreamVerb Room Modeler

EMT® 140 Classic Plate Reverb

EMT® 250 Electronic Reverb

Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb

Ocean Way Studios

RealVerb Pro

RS-1 Reflection Engine


Special Processing (13)

Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder

FATSO™ Jr. Tape Sim. & Compressor

FATSO™ Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor

Little Labs® IBP Phase Alignment Tool

Little Labs® Voice Of God Bass Resonance

Moog® Multimode Filter

Moog® Multimode Filter SE

Precision De-Esser

Precision Enhancer Hz

Precision Enhancer kHz

SPL® Transient Designer

Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder

Thermionic Culture Vulture

Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA's modern units to perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago. 

Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.


UAD-2 PCIe Card Minimum System Requirements

  • (Win) Windows compatibility: 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
  • (Mac) Mac compatibility: OS X 10.10 Yosemite and higher
  • Loaded with 8x Analog Devices SHARC 21469 floating-point coprocessors
  • 2 GB available disk space
  • AAX, VST, AU, RTAS support
  • 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, AAX Native or RTAS plug-in host application software