UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator Cards
UAD-2 PCIe Cards
UAD-2 Octo: Perfect for the Power User
I've been on the UAD platform since the initial release of the UAD-1 card. I'm now using the Octo in a Sonnet chassis for my Macbook Pro. The Octo is simply a power house. I like to use the SSL 4k channel strip on every channel of my mix, including my effect returns, together with FATSO, a Pultec, an 1176 or whatever. My go to reverb is UAD's Lexicon 224, so I'm using at least 3 instances. Whatever I do, I cannot max out the card on any real world mix I'm likely to do. I've yet to reach 50% of the card. I originally intended to put my UAD-2 Duo in the chassis as well but I don't need to. It's still in my desktop PC and it will remain there.
The OCTO is simply a beast of a processing rack.
The octo and I used to have a truly decent margin.
Because good to high more load, it is where you want to put out a high-quality plug-ins.
UAD sattelite 2 x 2
I had purchased my 1st satellite as I wanted to see and hear if there was a difference in sound quality between a number of plugins I use vs similiar named plugins from UAD. I have a newer HDX system. After installing the UAD satellite 2 , I immediately noticed improved clarity and greater definition in tonal quality, improved separation of insturments....
After hearing the difference, I went back to what I thought were completed songs and in some cases further improved them using the UAD tools...this was not new product infatuation, as Ithe listening experience was truly improved
...in that I have some large sessions, I noticed I was on the verge of getting near the edge of capacity, so I purchased a second UAD satellite..MONEY WELL SPENT
This and a satellite and i've got all the UAD goodness I need!
Go All The Way
It's a good feeling to have as much power as I can get from a UAD-2 card using only one slot in my PC. In general, in time, you tend to use MORE power as you go on, not less. I read stories of folks starting with a Solo or Duo, then a Quad Satellite, etc...why not start out right with all the power you'll want within weeks or month? Save yr dimes!
Works Great with great support
To use many UAD great plugins without stress, this i s a great solution and very compatible with PCs, MACs, vsti, Rtas etc. I like the way UA support many platforms. I know my money is spend in something that i can work next years because they really have a great support. I remember one time i´ve buy 3 plugins and choose one plugin by mistake, the next day i talk by phone with UA support and the change my plugin immediately with no stress...Great support. Trust in UA !!!
I moved over from my PCI card mid mix and i was up and running in minutes without a hitch. As always - sounds great and works great.
UAD for life!
I fu***ng love it!
What can I say, more power to the people! This allows me to have more plugins for my crazy sessions. The only thing missing now is a universal adaptor so I can travel to Europe with this bad boy!
Why UAD ?
Besides the excellent sound quality of uad plugins there is another important advantage for the pro user that works in different studio's around the world;
Most of the plugins relate to real stuff available in studio's
So that makes it very easy to replace hardware with plugins or vice versa.
Then there is unison technology so you can just plugin a mic where ever you are.
So needless to say I'm very happy with my investment in an apollo twin and two satellite thunderbolt2 together with the ultimate plugin collection.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Core
(Used it with an Apollo 8 quad)
What a great fresh breeze of bandwidth to my system! Have never run out of DSP again (yet!). The Octo core is working flawlessly.
My DAW and myself thank you, UAD ;-)
I avoided going the UAD route for many years. But when I heard about the Thunderbolt satellite I knew it was finally time to get one. I'm pretty very impressed by most of the plugins, and there are several that I would not want to work without.
Integrating the TB satellite into my existing system has been very smooth.
UAD-2 PCIe Octo DSP
Very easy to install, works as exactly advertised.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Custom
I'm super happy in my
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Custom. I can freely use and abundance of plugins without fear of running out of grunt. With my Apollo 16 I now have 12 cores of power. What more can you want :-)
Very easy to install.
Recently, Just bought a UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt - OCTO Custom Version.
Installing on my Mac Pro ( Late 2013).
Just hook up the TB in between and download the driver. it just works fine without any problem.
I am a long term user since Mackie UAD -1 . so This TB version is more easy to install then before.
Thanks UA , You do a great job.
second octo card
This is my second octo card in my system. I like the uad plug ins and use a lot of them in my mixes. I still prefer to mix as much as possible outside the box but when I use plug ins I want to use the best available. I really would like to see more DSP power on the cards. I use 2 Octo Cards and still I'm able to get it around 80% on a avarage project.
I really would like to see new cards with 2 a 4 times more power so you only need one slot in your computer :-)
Pro tools HDX 10
Happy with the sound of your products but worried with some problem I ve being having with PT10HD. I read that could be incompatibility with UAD products.
UAD 2 OCTO - TOP
I have 3 UAD Cards in my pc config ! And with my last OCTO I have a Best Config !!
It's Very TOP ! No limit ! No bug in my Cubase session ( 30/40 Tracks) Very good !!
It's my best weapon.
I waited for the Thunderbolt version released
Better than expected !!
Fast response speed / Cool design
I'm using it on every mix.
Performs flawlessly. Looks great. Go buy one!!!!!!
Just a little gettin' used to..
the cpu meter...before I had to be careful not to push it to far, with the OCTO I'm not even half way opening the same projects in Pro Tools. Should have bought it straight away. The "sell your other card" option is working properly!
To be honest it is a bit of a bummer that only the OCTO is compatible with the new Mac Pro (not that I have one, but still...). I would have expected a hardware trade-in option for those willing to move over to the new Mac Pro.