UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator Cards

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Stunning analog sound for your PC or Mac.

UAD-2 DSP Accelerators super-charge your PC or Mac workstation with world-class UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including exclusive analog emulations from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, Moog, Marshall, SSL and more.

These popular UAD plug-in packages feature a user-installable DSP Accelerator Card for your desktop tower or PCIe expansion chassis, plus a choice of software bundles to give you vintage tone and character, right out of the box.

Now You Can:

Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac and PC towers and PCIe expansion chassis

Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Eventide, MXR and more (sold separately)

Give your native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, award-winning, sonically complex plug-ins

Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including additional UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite, and Apollo audio interfaces

UAD: The Industry’s Most Respected Collection of Audio Plug-Ins

UAD: The Industry’s Most Respected Collection of Audio Plug-Ins

From serious home recordists to multi-platinum mix engineers, UAD Powered Plug-Ins have been winning over audio professionals for more than 10 years. The reason is simple. No other plug-ins so faithfully capture the sound and behavior of classic analog equipment — from rare compressors and equalizers, to vintage reverb processors and tape machines.

The UAD library features over 90 plug-ins, co-developed with the biggest brands in audio. These plug-ins can be purchased with UAD-2 hardware from retailers as part of bundled packages, or you can buy UAD plug-ins à la carte from UA’s Online Store.

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Available with QUAD and OCTO Core Power

Available with QUAD and OCTO Core Power

UAD-2 DSP Accelerator cards are available in QUAD and OCTO configurations, with four or eight individual SHARC processors respectively. The four-processor UAD-2 QUAD is a workhorse of modern mixing, giving project studios the power to run medium-sized sessions. The eight-chip UAD-2 OCTO is perfect for UAD power users, allowing professionals to craft mixes filled with the rich analog sound of UAD plug-ins. Up to six UAD-2 devices can be combined in a single system.

Available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate 5 Software Packages

Available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate 5 Software Packages

The Core package includes the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, while Custom includes the Analog Classics Plus bundle, and a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The OCTO Ultimate 5 is UA’s flagship package, and includes all 89 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD software v9.0.*

UAD Plug-In Craftsmanship: The Science Behind the Scenes

UAD Plug-In Craftsmanship: The Science Behind the Scenes

In developing UAD plug-ins, UA’s engineering group undertakes a thorough physical modeling of classic audio hardware — “rebuilding” vintage analog gear in the digital world, component by component. That’s how UAD plug-ins replicate the exact, sometimes quirky, behavior of analog hardware — bringing its rich, three-dimensional sound and harmonics "in the box."

*The Ultimate 5 package includes 89 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD Software v9.0. Does not include any Direct Developer (3rd party) plug-ins, nor plug-ins released after UAD software v9.0.

Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you’re ready to start mixing with legendary tube gear like the Fairchild® 670 and the Pultec® EQP-1A EQ. You also get a dedicated suite of powerful mixing plug-ins and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

  • UA 610‐B
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • CS-1 (Precision Channel)
  • EX-1 (Precision Channel)
  • DM-1 (Precision Channel)
  • DM-1L (Precision Channel)
  • RS-1 (Precision Channel)
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • RealVerb‐Pro

UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

Impart your tracks with the iconic warmth and character of the classic hardware used to track everyone from Duke Ellington to Coldplay. By emulating the entire signal path, including tube amplifiers, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities, the 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in injects organic detail and saturation to any signal.

Fairchild<sup>®</sup> 670 (Legacy)

Fairchild® 670 (Legacy)

The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in adds a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.

Teletronix<sup>®</sup> LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

With its gentle, program dependent optical compression and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world — especially for vocals. Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls gives you the ideal optical compression sound for guitar, bass, drums, and more.

1176SE/LN<sup>®</sup> Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

1176SE/LN® Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

Get classic, ultra-fast FET compression from the world’s most recognized compressor. The 1176 will impart punch, presence, and character as well as its signature distortion overtones on drums, vocals, guitars, and bass. The 1176LN has graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes and Michael Jackson.

Pultec<sup>®</sup> Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

Pultec® Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

Mix with two of the most sought-after hardware EQs ever made — the MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Both of these tube-based icons deliver offer smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

Precision Mix Rack Collection

Precision Mix Rack Collection

Featuring the Precision Channel Strip, Precision Reflection Engine, and Precision Delay Modulation plug-ins, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers four modern, high-fidelity plug-ins for recording and mixing. Powerful and intuitive, Precision Mix Rack Collection gives you an impressive tool set — perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.

RealVerb Pro

RealVerb Pro

RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb based on UA’s own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond simply big/small or dark/bright, giving your sources distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.

Key Features

Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac and PC towers and PCIe expansion chassis
Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Fender, and more (sold separately)
Includes DSP Accelerator Card (PCIe format), plus a choice of Core, Custom or Ultimate UAD plug-in packages
Available in QUAD, and OCTO models w/ 4 or 8 SHARC processors
Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
Includes Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle
Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including additional UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt, UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and Apollo audio interfaces
VST, AU, RTAS , and AAX 64 support; Mac OS X and Windows 10 compatible

PCIe System Requirements

UAD Powered Plug-Ins Version 9.2

Note: For important PCIe compatibility information with Apple Mac Pro (Late 2013 model), click here.

  • (Win) Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit Editions)

  • (Mac) macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 Sierra

  • 6 gigabytes available storage

  • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card

  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins

  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software

  • For additional compatibility information, visit

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 PCIe Cards


C. Anawaty

June 18, 2011

I upgraded to the UAD2 solo from two of the "vintage" cards, and can't believe I waited so long. The performance is rock solid with Sequoia, and having access to the latest developments for the platform has caused me to fall in love all over again!

O. Fussalva

June 18, 2011

UAD 2 – DUO Card
This is the go to piece in any studio setup “Hands Down” whether you’re mixing down or in postproduction. Since all UA plug-ins run off the card, you will never taxes your computers ram. Leaving you plenty of room to run tons of virtual instruments, which in my case I normally do.

UA Plug-ins
if you’re looking to step up you’re game & take your mixes to that next level then I suggest Neve, SSL, Manley, Pultec, Studder, Lexicon, Trident. This is the closest you will ever get to the real thing without breaking your bank on hardware.

My Final Conclusion
Reliability (A+)
Sound Quality (A+)
Your mixes sounding like it was recorded at a major recording studio = (PICELESS)

T. Blanton

June 18, 2011

I Have 2 UAD-1e And 1 UAD-2 Quad Card
That I Use For Mastering,Engineering
The Sonic Quality Is So Perfect I Don't Miss The Hardware
I'll Tell You This When I Leave This Earth
My UAD Cards Will Still Be In My Computer
Perfect Technology Dead On Sonic
Great Job UA!

K. Abe

June 18, 2011

This is an excellent DSP device.
My DAW will be better than before.
I recommend you UAD-2 QUAD card.because modern track need many EQ and compressors.

S. Solivellas

June 18, 2011

UAD-2 DUO it's fantastic, you can have the best processors of the history for a few money. As me, if you can't effort the original because they are very expensive, hard to find and hard to conect and mantenience the UAD is your solution.

S. Laurent

June 18, 2011

powerful and efficient cpu. easy to install driver.add a lot to the sound in a mix (almost like a real hardware comp,eq or any sound rack).

R. Max

June 18, 2011

Each company swears that their product will give you the sound you've been looking for. The only one to deliver on that promise of overall fidelity is Universal Audio. Compressors, EQs, Mastering and Special Processing. These are unparalleled and are the base of the sound of my productions. The delays are very nice, but most UAD modulation effects have been left out of my mix arsenal. The EMT 250 and 140, after learning how to really take advantage of them, have become the "go to" in most instances, with Altiverb being a second choice. The only downside in my setup is, on occassion (meaning approx. 2 months), the UAD-2 card will fall out of sync and not be recognized. Shutdown, reboot, and all is good.

V. Van

June 18, 2011

I'm realy glad to be user of your products, But I think UA should not just focalise on vintage hardware because the reputation of UA is already respected. But the future is not only just in the past. You can not only reproduce quality of earlier vintage product in a world who is in constant evolution. You are America, so in a customers vision around the world: "If you are also the future of sound, and not only the past..

You should look forward and check what does other inovative company do too...
To not loose the challenge to be there tomorow ( in the future ).
So of course, don't let the past, with all the vintage stuffs who are realy good for sound, but develope in paralel a line of intelligents and inovatifs product in the design but also in the way to show what we hear. Because of course, what we hear is the most important. But you are not working only for very experimented engineers any more..

Izotope understood it well...take advantage of your competence and knowledge of doing the things well...

(I Still proposing the idea of a good visual metering system)

precise metering for compression, phase metering with the reverb...

Kinds regards

M. Deuchler

June 18, 2011

UAD2-Quad is a great product. Regarding sound quality this card and the plug ins hit my home studio a great step forward.
Up to now I didn´t reach the power limit of the card even in complex Cubase projects.
I´m delighted by the stability of the drivers and the software.

Not satisfying items:
Price policy of the latest plug ins seems to get higher and higher.

In the beginnings I had some trouble with my new card. My computer only sometimes recognized the UAD2. Your support treated me like a fool, I only got standard answers to my problem.
In despair I contacted your German distributor. They worked really great and sent me a new card for exchange. Since the exchange I never had this starting problem any more. So the fault was really the card itself.

There were some e-mails with your support. There was no problem to transfer the licences to the new card, but up to now you didn´t succed to delete the old card out of my account. There is only the "System 1" that exists, the "System 2" was the defect card that has been sent back to the distributer.
Of course that is no problem, but in case of real single problems my trust in your support is not the biggest.

At the moment I´m waiting for a special offer for your Studer and Lexicon 224 plug in. I tested the 224 and found it to be great.

Your programmers do a really great job.

E. Abecera

June 18, 2011

Absolument fabuleux ! Impossible désormais de m'en passer. Bravo.

M. Bill

June 18, 2011

Great plug-ins!

Waiting for the distressor plug-in and vst 64bit uad plug-ins!

G. Doumen

June 18, 2011

We have been using the UAD-2-SOLO and its plug-ins for over three years now and we are very happy with the easy to use plugins to enhance even difficult acoustic audio recordings such as flamenco and Gypsy jazz, the fact that one can always go back to the original recorded audio signal, enables audio engineer to experiment without any risks.

D. Draganov

June 18, 2011

Everyyhing is perfect !!! I can``t work without UA !!!

J. Tapia

June 18, 2011

Great, the performance and the stability. A must have.

H. Bruetsch

June 17, 2011

Dear UA Team
Important examples of good and clear sound and video are where the application will have outlined.
Maybe even a list of the presets would be interesting. But otherwise, you do it perfectly!

I am thrilled with UAD. I now work a couple of years with your system and I still perrin at the first moment when I first opened the Neve plug-in and it sounds like the first time. Unbelievable!
I appreciate your work very much and hope that many more will follow such a sensational plug-in in the future.

Best regards from Switzerland
Hanspeter Brütsch

R. Allen

June 17, 2011

The only reason I rank the Duo as a 4 star is that it seems everytime I try to backup my pc as soon as I reboot after the back up my Duo is unrecognized and I have to uninstall EVERYTHING, reboot, pull the card out, reboot, re-install the software and then re-install the Duo to get it working again. This really is a PAIN IN THE ASS. I love your products but man please fix this in an upcoming update. Thank you for the great emulations, I recently used a bunch of my UAD plugs on a remix I did for Richie Hawtin.
Rick Allen...aka...RRKS

E. Bouchier

June 17, 2011

Wonderfull, Amazing !!
It's so easy to create professional sound since I've caught these hardwares and softwares...

C. Babakhan

June 17, 2011

If you've wondered what you could do if you had the most sought-after audio gear that has ever been produced, you can stop fantasizing, it's right here. I've just dialed in FAIRCHILD compression into a mix and almost fainted. I added EMT 140 reverb to a send/return in my DAW...I almost gagged.Try using the COOPER TIME CUBE on a lackluster beat and see what happens. I've aways wanted to track with HARRISON eq. I've always wanted to mix on a NEVE console. I've always I got it. You call yourself a mix engineer, master suite editor, sound scientist, dubologist, you've gotta have this stuff. We can run with the Big Dogs now.
By the way they keep making top shelf stuff and it's all the reel deal

S. Williamson

June 17, 2011

My UAD-2 Quad is absolutely fantastic! It allows me to include more musicality when I'm producing new material, and a gives me super solid engineering palette to work with.

Tons of great music have been recorded and mixed with all of these fine Channel Strips, Eq's, Compressor/Limiters and effects. Now I can be more creative with a mixture of these tried true and tested gear combined, with my own new school tricks for great results. From the warmth and depth of the UA, Neve and Manley emulations to the strong and punchy attitude of the SSL emulations, I'm always excited to be able to do exactly what I need to get done.

When the time comes to translate my clients, and my own productions and pre mixes into the final masterpiece, I do so with extreme confidence and certainty that 'Im getting exactly what I want and more from these great emulations and original pieces.

Whenever I get an email from Universal Audio, it's like Christmas because I know some goodies are on the way!

Can't wait to get my hands on the Harrison Eq, Fatso Comp., Studer A800, Roland Dimension D, Roland RE-201 and the Moog Filter plug-ins!

I Love my UAD-2, it's the best. Five stars all the way!

PS. UA does it best so can you pleeeeasse bring some "New product" plug ins, whether they are of existing equipment on the market or new and exciting UA stuff? Thanks!!


UA Fan For Life!! (UAFFL)

P. Je

June 17, 2011

good weapon for professional musician.

god color,sense,choice

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