UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator Cards
UAD-2 PCIe Cards
My First Octo!
I was up and running with this within 10 minutes!! Including install and registration. Everything was automatically done.
It made a huge impact on my current mix sessions... it went from 90% usage to 25% ... major headroom improvement.
So much so that I'm buying another Octo ASAP!
F. Batiste III
Fountain Of Youth
I have a Mid 2010, 12 core Mac Pro which still holds it's own against most of the newer models. But with two OCTO cards it's a beast. Especially since the best plugins in the world run on these cards IMHO.
The ultimate mix tools
In bought the uad2 duo at first to see how I got on with the plugins and was very impressed so I bought an Octo soon after.
The quality of the plugins are fantastic and do what they're supposed to.
Now majority of plugins used on my mixes are now UAD
UAD-2 PCIe Cards
2nd card installed with no issues... now lets get that big session rolling... more plugins please!
R. DeHart III
Works perfectly in my Mac Pro tower. Excellent build quality and reliable performance. Brings me up to 16 cores of DSP total. UAD on er'thang! Loving it!
I am really enjoying my Christmas present to myself or as my wife calls it "My new wife" due to the amount of time dedicating to it. Ok. Gotta go. I can hear her coming.
I have a full blown native system with a 5960x running around 3.7 ghz. I was looking for boutique plugins to assist me in finalizing my mixes and adding mix choices....my plan was to migrate processor intensive functions to an external processor...id est uad...so now....i have off loaded reverbs and delays to uad...i have off loaded other mix buss processes to uad....my native processor meter is on the FLOOR! im torn between leaving an honest review and giving away my new "sauce"......with the right combo of native and uad...i send my stuff out to my portico mbp....im full blown baby! .....if you have never worked in a high end studio then you dont really have a mark to aspire towards....when u hear uad.....AHA! this is what these knock of plugin designers are trying to emulate...now i want it all...DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO ULTIMATE!!!
Love My New Octo Card!!!
What can I say, my Octo Card is amazing, it works great with my Quad card, now I'll never run out DSP, I would highly recommend any UA product, hardware or software!
A serious boost to your DAW - what's not to like?
I'll admit right from the start I have been using UAD plugins since launch and have since gained more and more superb plugins that we ever dreamed were possible and a rock solid stable platform that combines scalable power with both stability and an ease of use that is literally unparalleled and continues to set an ever rising bar on the quality of modern recreations of increasingly hard to find & often expensive hardware that used to require a major facility to house it in - all at our fingertips!
What's not to like? Rock on, UAD
Absolut erste Sahne
Ich benutze UAD Karten seit Jahren. Jetzt habe ich mir die OCTO zu gelegt und bin sehr zufrieden.
Upgraded my duo to an Octo, life is good!
Upgraded my duo to an Octo. I haven't maxed the card out yet. (I'm sure I will at some point, but don't see this happening often at all...) One of the best purchases I've made all year.
it's UAD, just perfect
In a digital world now, the biggest challenge I think, a sound engineer, is finding its identity. Indeed, thanks (and because of) the digital, everything has become accessible to everyone and are obsolete (or even free, if we take into account the illegal downloads of plugins). In short, even if it's not a plugin that gives the sound, and fortunately also the expertise of the engineer, the equipment will allow us to process the sound will have a huge impact on the overall color given to pieces . And that's where excel UAD. These plugins allow to color, varnishing. It almost seems to rework analog. And these are the first plugins that give me that impression. Thanks
I have 2 of dose, one in the apolo ( but it can be use without issues so is like is not there ) and i have another one connected as a dsp aceleratoe... this one works almost perfect, part of the uad plugins still crushing .... for now my score is 7 (3 strars) why?! cause the crashes and to much dsp consuming, im working also with wave and sound toys plugins and never experience crash or any other issue...+ is super annoying that they sell the apollo firewire when they know is not a good product and is not enough for a pro studio.... still waiting to the thundrbolt to pc may solve the problem....
j. rojas mancha
WOW the 8 DSP
A Must to Have with Apollo Twin USB! Amazing
Amazing, as expected
As a novice when it comes to installing and connecting audio PCI-E cards (30 years of using all kinds of audio / studio HW) I was initially puzzled as the card was not recognized when I installed in the free PCI-E slot in my PC system. Remembering my early PC experiences from the 90's I quickly shuffled the PCI-E cards I had installed (LAN, Thunderbolt, Firewire) I found a slot and bang there it was in my system tray. Software installation was a complete doddle and I was soon off to the races using the plugins alongside all of my waves, IK, slate, fabfilter and other plugs. I use mostly Ableton Live (composing) and ProTools (mixing, mastering) these days on my PC system. Quality of plugins is outstanding, as expected.
I initially started out with UAD-2 Solo for some light projects but, soon my needs expanded. I got the UAD-2 Quad and like some other members I have to say that these cards are quite pricey. There were some glitched when first installed but, it got resolved after a few normal procedures. I am very satisfied with the card. This card works well if you are dealing with medium size projects where limited power-hungry plugins are utilized.
UAD Fender 55 Tweed Deluxe
Good lord! Is that a real Deluxe that I'm listening too? If I didn't know any better I would say without a doubt. This plug in is a miracle when needing to re-amp guitars for a mix or just tracking direct into the box. Choose between several 2-mic combos and mic placement. This is one of the most realistic amp modelers I've ever heard. I must have for Apollo twin users.
UAD Precision software
Don't leave home without this. Excellent tools to fine tune mixes with a mastering touch. The multiband compressor and the maximizer are excellent choices for get a louder musical mix.
Octo Card rulez and UAD rulez!!!
This is by far the most worthwhile purchase I've made in the past few years. UAD is taking plug-in architecture to a new level. They are making it possible to have top level professional studio tools at an affordable cost with no compromise in sonic quality. I will be buying more from them in the near future. Keep up the great work UAD!
Onto Card Review
I recently purchased my second Octo DSP card from UAD. I already have a Quad and an Octo card. While I enjoy the great plug-ins from UAD, their business model is growing old and out of date in my opinion. I bought 4 UAD 1 cards back in 2007 which became obsolete within a year or so of purchase. So I signed on to the UAD 2 model. With the advent of Channel Strip Plug-ins and such which eat DSP like a duck drinks water, this model just is too expensive to continue.UA would do well to invent or license from Sonnet their own DSP chassis that will take up to 3 or 4 Octo DSP cards in order to get closer to 'console' tracking with the Neve, API or SSL plug-ins. As it is, there just isn't enough to DSP unless you buy the Octo cards at $1,500.00 +.