UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator Package

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The Ultimate in UAD Powered Plug-Ins, with QUAD Processing Power. Includes Analog Classics Software Bundle.

The UAD-2 QUAD is Universal Audio’s most powerful processing package, giving producers and engineers full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC. This DSP accelerator package includes several of Universal Audio’s most popular “analog classic” plug-ins — the LA-2A and 1176 Compressors/Limiters, and the Pultec EQP-1A — for rich, vintage sound quality right out of the box. Thanks to its PCIe card with four SHARC processors, the UAD-2 QUAD provides four times the processing boost of the UAD-2 SOLO, allowing for the largest professional mixes. Better still, it gives users full access to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library, including some of the best-reviewed plug-ins of all time.

  • Flagship quad-processor DSP Accelerator Card for UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC
  • 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.
  • High-bandwidth PCIe card w/ (4) Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • Includes $50 voucher for plug-in purchases via UA’s Online Store
  • Also available as QUAD Flexi package with $500 UAD Plug-In voucher
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Specifically, the UAD-2 QUAD provides access to popular UAD plug-in titles from Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, BOSS, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more (sold separately). Whether you use Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Digital Performer or Pro Tools, these UAD-2 plug-ins can inject the character and quality of classic hardware into your mixes, while freeing up your computer’s internal processor for other mixing duties.

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

Developed by the industry’s finest engineering team, and backed by frequent new software and plug-in releases, the UAD-2 is the processing platform of choice for many of the world's top musicians, producers and engineers.

Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator Package


B. Baumgartner

February 12, 2013

UAD Plugins Rocks!

I´ve just finished mixing and producing an album. The style was metal. I always go for analog summing through my desk and back into the DAW, when I mix. I did pimp my Mac with three UAD-2 Quad cards, which gives me enough power to run many plugs even though I always record at 48 khz. I really love to start up with the Studer on the channels and the Harrison 32 eq is just as Bruce says, "marvelous sounding"! I use some great outboards as well, but I have to admit, after for years trying out several plugins from other manufacturers, UAD gives me that analog vibe that no others deliver. Thank you all at UAD for great products! B. Baumgartner / SwedenMix

E. Nowak

May 15, 2012

I'm amazed! I've been a big UAD fan since I bought the first Mackie PCI card version many years ago. The quality of the initial plug ins gave my work a very clean and professional sound. I kept adding plug ins, and realized that I had more tools for mixing than any recording studio I was ever in, even into the early 90's. Over the years I had accumulated (4) UAD-1 cards just for the power and flexibility it gave my system. Then the UAD-2 platform came out, and I knew I needed to get a Quad! I wanted to keep pace with the new plug ins that became available. The increase in power allowed me to use an incredible number of my favorite plugins. To me, the most amazing thing about UAD, is the care and respect shown to long-time customers by creating the rebate plan,

S. Muramatsu

June 28, 2011

I always use NEVE EQs and several compressors powered by UAD-2 for each drum parts of VST instruments when composing. UAD-2 QUAD is powerful enough to trim every sounds of kick, snare, hat, toms, crush and ride, also overhead. This makes big difference in my drum unit. It turns lively so much.
EMT-140&250 are also my favorite. Those are unique in UAD and you can't find them in other plug-in distributors. They will give some organic reverb to your vocals and guitar solo.
One thing I have to tell is that if you use UAD-2 DSP, soon you need more. I chose a UAD-2 QUAD for myself, but it is not enough to put plug-ins into every channel which I wanted to use them. I might buy another QUAD card, that is a problem.

S. Sherrard

June 26, 2011

When the UAD-2 systems came out, I already had four UAD-1 cards in an external expansion chassis. I bought the UAD-2 QUAD and had it running in a slot in the computer (not in the expansion slot) at the same time as the UAD-1 cards. They worked together without any problems. However, as I was hoping, the UAD-2 was more than powerful enough to replace the four UAD-1 cards. So, I eventually sold the UAD-1 cards and the expansion chassis to simplify my hardware setup.

I'm loving all the UAD plug-ins and the UAD-2 Quad gives me more than enough power for almost every mix I do. With some of the new intensive DSP plug-ins, I can occasionally manage to max out the card, but that is fairly rare, and I can also freeze tracks to free up some DSP when needed.

The only negative I have to say about the UAD-2 QUAD card I have (which is one of the earliest ones), is that the PCI-E connector is very small, and didn't fit very tightly into the slot on the original computer I had it in. Plus, it didn't seem to line up correctly with the backplane of the computer, so when I screwed it down, it was angle slightly, and sometimes it wasn't making proper contact in the slot, and one or two of the QUAD's processors wouldn't show up, or sometimes the entire card wouldn't even show up, and I'd have to shut down, and reseat it in the slot. I ended up have to loosen the screw on the card itself that held the backplane bracket so that I could pull that bracket a little further back to allow it to fit better into my computer.

I have since built a whole new studio computer system, and the QUAD seems to fit tighter and lines up slightly better with the backplane in the new computer, although it's still not a perfect fit. But, no problems so far with the card not being recognized.

Even with my new i7-950 based system, which can handle quite a bit of plug-ins all on its own (I also own Waves Mercury + SSL, plus many other Native plugs), the UAD-2 Quad is a major part of my mixing arsenal. UA makes great sounding plugs that I rely on for every mix, even though I have other similar native options. Something about the UAD versions just sound right to me and seem to be easier to dial in to get the sound I want.

J. Nie

August 9, 2012

Added to my Flexi card. Now the power drain on the computer is almost as expected, in the ProTools LE world.

Great product!



M. Islamovic

July 31, 2012

only caan say you rock the best plug ins the prooos

E. Bella

June 1, 2012

I love UAD plugins from years..
the quad card is great..
so i used the "trade in" giving you back my 2 old uad 1..

i choose the pci express card because i use win 7 x64..
and at now there are no windows drivers for Satellite..

i wish in the future to have 1 apollo and 3 Satellite all Quad ..

i would like to have all the plugins licences.. but to much money for now..

Now i need some months collecting cash ..
and i'm plannig to buy:

Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder
Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
Roland® RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay
Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb
Cooper® Time Cube Mk II Delay
FATSO™ Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor

Maybe...Can I have one years demo Time?

Many thanks

B. Albrecht

February 16, 2015

Just Perfect!

Nothing to say - UAD is always 100% straight to the top! Thank you so much! :)

J. Konrad

December 31, 2014


This UAD cards including plug-ins are a silent revolution ... ... ... !

D. Kalligas

December 24, 2014

Great stuff

I simply love it. I received this when i bought the UA 710d preamps. This card was added to my Apollo quad and octo card. 16 dsp is lovely !

S. Hope

December 17, 2014

4 times as good

DSP goodness times 4. Gives you a good balance between price and power. Allows me to use my DAW as a virtual Studer with Ampex master. That alone is worth the price.

J. Hynynen

November 6, 2014

Quad has power a lot

UAD-2 Quad is powerful tool and there is enough power for many systems.. specially if your DAW has freeze opportunity.

P. Milani

October 24, 2014

Consistently good

I've had other UAD-2 boards and upgraded now to the quad.
I love the simplicity of this system, just one software installation.
Plug and play, it's really that easy.

V. Sui

October 13, 2014

Neve® Complete Plug-In Bundle very good

Neve® 88RS Channel Strip Plug-In very good sound warm

U. Kim

September 26, 2014

Quad is Rockin!!!

2 weeks and my mixes is rebirth!!! Thanx for UAD TEAM!!!

U. Kim

September 26, 2014

Manley Massive Passive Plug-In

Great!!! Exellent!!! I Worked with a plug-in and real Manley Passive EQ and didn't see the difference!!! Hope You will made a Manley's channel strips (Manley VoxBox or Manley Core).
Thanx in advance!!! :)

S. Berujanyan

September 20, 2014

The best UAD

It's been very good. I recommend the Quad DSP power for serious work! I go for a second one for more DSP power!

S. Berujanyan

September 10, 2014

UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator

Thanks Uad team .I'm loving all the UAD plug-ins and the UAD-2 Quad. Very good product

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August 17, 2014

Great mix down Item

This machine will chanege to mixing work flow.
Because Universal Audio's Plug-in is high qualitiy & Plug-ins does't use CPU power!
I happy to get this machine!

C. Visser

August 4, 2014

More power

Installation and setup is really easy, but remember software before hardware :)
I only bought this quad card due to running out of PCIe slots and at the same time as a substitute for 2 Solo and 1 Duo card.

Really excellent plugins running on an 'outdated' dsp system of chips that's can be surpassed nowadays by native cpu power. It also acts as a dongle for the plug-ins. A dsp chip architecture like this had more purpose during the time the UAD-1 (which I also owned btw) was around due to lack of native cpu power.

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