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U Audio UAD-2 QUAD Core PCIe DSP Accel Pack  From UA

Access Award-Winning UAD Plug-ins with Impressive QUAD-Processor Power.

Universal Audio

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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 QUAD Core DSP Accelerator is Universal Audio’s second-most powerful PCIe processing card, giving producers and engineers unrestricted access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC. 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. 


The UAD-2 QUAD Core features four SHARC processors, and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped desktop computer or compatible expansion chassis, giving your Mac or PC an immediate boost in audio quality and mix processing power.

Key Features

  • Professional four-processor DSP Accelerator Card (PCIe format) for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac and PC

  • 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 QUAD Custom package

 
The UAD-2 QUAD Core includes UA’s “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle, and provides access to popular UAD plug-in titles from Ampex, Manley, Lexicon, EMT, Empirical Labs, Neve, MXR, Roland, Fairchild, Harrison, Little Labs, Studer, SSL and more (sold separately).

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

    - High-bandwidth x1 PCI Express card (PCIe 2.0 compatible)
    - UAD-2 SOLO: low-profile, half-height, short PCIe card
    - UAD-2 DUO/QUAD/OCTO: full-height, short PCIe card
    - 1, 2, 4 or 8 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
    - 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
    - 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy

UAD-2 PCIe Minimum System Requirements

    - (Win) Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate Edition
    - (Mac) OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
    - 2 gigabytes available hard drive space
    - 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution
    - Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
    - Internet connection or CD-ROM drive for software installation
    - Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
    - Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS

Downloads

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UAD Plug-ins Manual

UAD Plug-in Instance Chart

UAD System Manual