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Universal Audio UAD-2 Octo Ultimate 8 PCIe DSP Accelerator  From UA

Super-charge your workstation with the rich analog sound of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — featuring the entire library of all 104 World-Class UAD plug-ins.

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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 ultimate collection of UAD Plug-Ins, powered by UA’s flagship eight-processor DSP Accelerator.

The UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 8 DSP Accelerator package features Universal Audio’s most powerful PCIe processing hardware, combined with a flagship collection of over 100 UAD Powered Plug-Ins. This package features eight SHARC processors, and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped Mac, Windows, or compatible expansion chassis (PCIe or Thunderbolt) — giving you a huge boost in mix processing power and authentic analog sound.

UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 8 includes 104 UA-developed plug-ins from a world-renowned library that includes titles from Ampex, Lexicon, Helios, Neve, Manley, Avalon, Studer, Fender, Capitol Studios, and many more.* In creating UAD plug-ins, Universal Audio’s DSP engineers work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give you all the warmth of classic analog equipment in your DAW.

Mac and Windows compatible, UAD-2 cards are easy to use. Just install the software, install the PCIe card, and start mixing with an endless collection of the world's finest analog emulation plug-ins.


Key Features

 ♦ Powerful OCTO Core PCIe Card for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac and Windows 10 systems

 ♦ Includes UAD Ultimate 8 plug-in bundle, featuring more than 100 UA-developed plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, Avalon, Fender, SSL, Capitol Studios, and more

 ♦ Ideal for professional power users running demanding projects with high plug-in instances and/or high sample rates

 ♦ Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Live, and more

 ♦ Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 Satellites, UA audio interfaces, and additional PCIe cards

 ♦ Connect to Thunderbolt-equipped computers via a compatible PCIe chassis (sold separately)

 ♦ VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX 64 compatible


* Ultimate 8 package includes 104 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD Software v9.11.0. Does not include Direct Developer (3rd party) plug-ins, nor plug-ins released after UAD software v9.11.0.

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 OCTO Ultimate 8 DSP Accelerator PCIe Card System Requirements
For complete compatibility information, visit help.uaudio.com
 • Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)
 • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave
 • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
 • 6 gigabytes available storage
 • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
 • Compatible plug-in host DAW software
Copyright © 2019 Universal Audio Inc. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.
In the interest of product improvement, all specifications subject to change without notice.
Ultimate 8 Software Bundle Contents
Channel Strips (14)
API® Vision Channel Strip
*NEW* Avalon® VT-737sp Channel Strip
Century Tube Channel Strip
CS-1 Channel Strip 
Manley® VOXBOX Channel Strip
Neve® 88RS Channel Strip
Neve® 88RS Legacy Channel Strip 
Neve® Preamp
Precision Channel Strip 
SSL® E Series Channel Strip 
SSL® E Series Channel Strip Legacy 
UA 610-A Preamp & EQ
UA 610-B Preamp & EQ
*NEW* V76 Preamplifier
Compressors/Limiters (24)
API® 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor
dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter 
Empirical Labs Distressor™ 
Fairchild® 670 Compressor
Fairchild® 660 Compressor
Fairchild® 670 Legacy Compressor
Manley Variable Mu® Limiter Compressor
Neve® 33609 Compressor
Neve® 33609SE Compressor
Precision Buss Compressor
SSL® G Series Bus Compressor 
SSL® G Series Bus Compressor Legacy 
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
*NEW* UA 175B Tube Compressor
*NEW* UA 176 Tube Compressor
Delay & Modulation (9)
Brigade Chorus Pedal 
Cooper® Time Cube MkII Delay
EP-34 Tape Echo
Galaxy Tape Echo
KORG® SDD-3000 Digital Delay 
MXR® Flanger/Doubler
Precision Delay Modulation 
Precision Delay Modulation Long 
Studio D Chorus
Equalizers (21)
API® 550A Parametric EQ 
API® 560 Graphic EQ 
Cambridge EQ 
Harrison® 32C Channel EQ 
Harrison® 32C SE Channel EQ
Helios® Type 69 Legacy EQ
Helios® Type 69 Preamp and 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 
Guitar (4)
Bermuda Triangle
Fender® ’55 Tweed Deluxe
Raw Distortion
TS Overdrive Pedal
Mastering (6)
Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery
Precision Maximizer 
Precision Multiband 
Precision Limiter
Manley® Massive Passive EQ
Manley® Massive Passive Mastering EQ
Reverbs (11)
AKG® BX 20 Spring Reverb
*NEW* Capitol Chambers
DreamVerb Room Modeler 
EMT® 140 Classic Plate Reverb
EMT® 250 Electronic Reverb
Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb
Lexicon® 480L Digital Reverb and Effects
Ocean Way Studios
Precision Reflection Engine 
Pure Plate Reverb 
RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler
Special Processing (15)
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
Moog® Multimode Filter XL 
Oxide Tape Recorder 
Precision De-Esser
Precision Enhancer Hz
Precision Enhancer kHz
SPL® Transient Designer
Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
Thermionic Culture Vulture