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U Audio UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom FW DSP Accel  From UA

Professional Quad-Processing for UAD Plug-ins on iMacs® and MacBook Pros® — plus a Custom Software Bundle That Lets You Pick Any 3 UAD Plug-Ins. 

Universal Audio

$1,099.00

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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

The UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom combines UA’s most powerful FireWire DSP Accelerator with a Custom software bundle that lets you choose any three UAD plug-in titles at registration. In creating UAD-2 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 of classic analog equipment. 


Powered by four SHARC processors, the UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom easily connects to Intel-based iMacs, MacBook Pros, and Mac minis via FireWire 800 or 400, letting you run large, complex mixes, without taxing your host computer.

Key Features

  • Powerful four-processor external FireWire 800 and 400 DSP accelerator unit, compatible with Intel-based iMacs, MacBook Pros and Mac minis*

  • Custom software bundle lets users “pick any 3” UAD plug-in titles within 45 days of registration**

  • Ideal for professional users running larger projects w/ higher plug-in instances and/or higher sample rates

  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer and more

  • Includes “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle, featuring LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, and Realverb Pro plug-ins

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

  • Also available as UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Core package


The UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom includes UA’s “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle, and lets users select any three additional UAD plug-in titles from a world-renowned library that includes Ampex, Manley, Lexicon, EMT, Empirical Labs, Neve, MXR, Roland, Fairchild, Harrison, Little Labs, Studer, SSL and more.

With support for VST, Audio Units and RTAS, the UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom is easy to use. Just install the software, connect the unit to an available FireWire 800 or 400 port, power up and start mixing with some of the world’s finest audio plug-ins.

 

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.

Specifications

    - Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Intel-based MacBook Pros, iMacs, and Mac minis via FireWire 800/400
      connection
    - Access nearly 60 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs,
      MXR and more (sold separately)
    - Includes portable DSP Accelerator unit (FireWire format), plus a choice of Core, Custom or Ultimate UAD
      plug-in packages
    - Available in DUO and QUAD models w/ 2 or 4 SHARC processors
    - Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
    - Allows taking UAD plug-ins “on the road,” mixing on any Intel-based Mac with an available
      FireWire 800/400 port
    - All packages include “Analog Classics” bundle featuring LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE
      Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, and Realverb Pro plug-ins
    - Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer and more
    - Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), and Apollo audio interface
    - VST, AU, RTAS support; Mac OS X Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion compatible

Specifications

    - Firewire 800/400 external enclosure w/ power supply
    - Desktop dimensions: 6” wide x 8” long x 1” high (weight: 2 lbs)
    - 2 or 4 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
    - Supports VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
    - 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz sample rate support for all UAD plug-ins
    - 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy

Satellite Minimum System Requirements

    - Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7.3 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
    - Available FireWire 800 or FireWire 400 port
    - 1 GB available hard drive space
    - 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution
    - Internet connection or CD-ROM drive for software installation
    - Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
    - Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software