UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator Cards

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.

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.

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."

*Ultimate 7 package includes 99 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD Software v9.7. Does not include Direct Developer (3rd party) plug-ins, nor plug-ins released after UAD software v9.7.

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
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • 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

Note: For important UAD-2 PCIe QUAD compatibility information with Apple Mac Pro (Late 2013 model), click here.

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

  • (Mac) macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina

  • 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

Overall Rating


August 1, 2020

Usd dsp cards

I am Since more then 10 years uad2 dsp user, it was a good choice! I always enjoy the quality on my mixes.

Ø. Moseng

July 31, 2020

Great place to start

The sound quality of UAD plugins is well known, and the solo PCIe card is a great and inexpensive way to get started with these. Installation was simple, and there have been no stability issues.

C. Barfoot

July 22, 2020

Reliable DSP, more enjoyable and quicker workflow.

Installation was straightforward, adding the DSP card means I can continue to add tracks while having a good idea where I stand from a mixing point of view. I am not missing bouncing tracks with effects and reimporting or toggling buffer settings to reduce latency. It is inspiring to have quality plugins that do not require any CPU while tracking is still ongoing.

J. Rouse

July 8, 2020

Great processing power for great plugins...

I love UAD plugins and had to have something to run them. This is an efficient unit and takes up no real estate since it is a PCI card. The first became defective after a couple of months, but Sweetwater took care of it. I will add another eventually.

F. Santos

July 7, 2020

The best part of my audio set up

In addition to the quality and incredible stability, the UAD plug-ins became the best part of my audio setup. It's amazing how the production possibilities have increased exponentially!

D. Scheffler

June 29, 2020

So good, I bought a second one

I'm a slave to UAD plugin-ins, and a somewhat solid user of Waves. There are a few products that Waves have that I do like, however, if I want that true analog recreation, it's UAD all the way. I found I was using so many of them on my mixes, that I need a second I did!

A. Surace

June 7, 2020

Worth every cent.

So I finally jumped on the UAD bandwagon. The pcie card and plugins are absolutely amazing. Everyone needs these in their lives.
The clarity is perfect.
Well done UA! Well done

a. quattrini

June 3, 2020


su windows installazione facilissima !

D. Martin

May 14, 2020

Heavy Lifting

I've never had an issue with installing or usage in my Pro Tools-WIN10x64 rig. It's a workhorse and works like a charm in those moments where sessions get heavy. I gave it only 4 stars because I want to buy another Quad or Octo PCIe for my second rig, but they don't give you free plugins with it like when you buy an Apollo. I'd have to buy all of the same plugins again.

S. Williams

March 12, 2020

I just bought my second one...

Owning 2 of those gives me total freedom in my workflow...

L. Pauselli

January 31, 2020

Uad quad Pcie works with Ryzen now!

I read for a week in the forums before buying a new Ryzen configuration ... So I bought: Asus Prime 470-Pro / Ryzen 2700x / DDr4 16gb. My system: Win10 Pro / Apollo Twin Duo Usb / Quad Pcie / Cubase 10.5. It is the best system I could imagine: never problems, a lot of power, very low latency (in a great song I get 5ms of latency). I can open a big project in half the time compared to before and I am very happy with Uad. I hope Uad will give us the opportunity to resell individual plug-in licenses instead of all in a block. Personally, it's the biggest "brake" I feel when I want to buy licenses. There are some licenses that I would like to resell because I don't use them but ... Just for that I have to think a lot before to buy them!

b. zucchetti

December 27, 2019

Top Ever !

Finally the top plugs and tools for best mixes! Really !

Bruno Zucchetti Italian Producer S.Engineer Musician (Cremonini-Ramazzotti-Pausini-Biondi-Mannoia-Mina-Emmanuel-Alfareros)

M. Coratella

December 9, 2019

Great, just a little complain

The system work great, and the plugins are really gamechangers.
My only complain is that when you are using 90% or more of the uad card, the system begins to be unstable. I was expecting to be able to use it all

m. needham

November 15, 2019

more UAD Octo cards

Now I can put more UAD plug-ins across my mix!! Feels like heaven. On the serious side . I use 6 Octo cards in my mix systems and it gives me the freedom to try any choices that feel right to me without having to look at my DSP. I just want to think about the song. Thank you UAD for the wonderful products.

T. Kunz

October 19, 2019

Real Pro Gear

I got 3 Octa Cards and lots of the Plugins, they all sound fantastic and helped me to bring my mixes to the next level. Cool thing is that if i can ever work with the real hardware, i already know how it sounds and how to use it!

C. Cata

October 16, 2019

Plenty of juice!!

I bought this for my Mac Pro, since there is no thunderbolt. I love having the option of using my MacBook Pro for my Apollo Twin Quad and then be able to mix everything on Mac Pro. Planning on getting another Octo card in the near future.

R. Sewell

October 14, 2019

PCIe Octo card

This card has taken my studio to a new level for recording & mixing, the sound quality is amazing.

E. Jones

October 3, 2019

Uad2pcie cards

Works flawlessly and an excellent company that stands behind their products & has 1st class support. Been using software and hardware since cubase 3.0. !!!

S. Lutz

September 28, 2019

PCIe Octo

I'm new to the Apollo USB Duo core Twin and UAD-2 Plugins. With only 2 DSP's on the Apollo I didn't have the horse power to run the total number of UAD-2 plugins in my DAW that I would like to. In came the PCIe Octo with 8 additional DSP chips. Since I already had the Apollo and the console software I just had to install the PCIe card in a free slot in my PC, reboot and BAMMO! I now have 10 DSP chips (with the 2 in the Apollo) which should be plenty of room to grow. I dropped a bunch of random UAD plugins in a project just to test and I barely made a dent on the DSP processing %. I plan to load up to find my breaking point but I'm golden for now. Installation was basically a seamless integration in my i7 8700 Win10 Pro system. Desktop real estate is running low in my home studio so I elected to not get the satellite version and PCIe. I have 2 more free PCIe slots so in theory I could go up to 3 Octos for 24 SHARC' all within the PC chassis plus whatever others in your external UA hardware. I don't know why UA doesn't market these PCIe cards more as you can uses any AI, dive deep into UAD-2 plugins and not have to worry about USB 2, 3, 3.1, TB 1,2 or 3 etc. The PCIe cards are not platform specific so both PC and MAC. In a nutshell people this review is more so on the overall UAD-2 plugins being so sweet and warm that you'll end up wanting more DSP power and UA gives you options to grow you system as you need to. I have the Classic Pro bundle that came bundled with the Apollo and these are just superior plugins all at ZERO or near zero latency all run on UA hardware that keeps the drain off of your CPU in your DAW which can be a big plus for those running on older CPU's in PC or MAC's.

M. Jones

August 21, 2019

Easy install, lots of power

Bought this a few weeks ago, and it's been a powerful addition to my studio. Lots of extra dsp to power great plugins. Highly recommended to anyone who routinely uses UAD plugins.