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."

Upgrade to the Ultimate Collection of UAD Plug‑Ins

Upgrade to the Ultimate Collection of UAD Plug‑Ins

UAD Accelerators include a suite of plug-ins right out of the box, with Teletronix® LA‑2A and UA 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and more. Upgrade to the UAD Ultimate Bundle to get a fully-stocked analog studio at huge savings, with over 100 exclusive titles from Neve,® Ampex,® Lexicon,® SSL,® Fender,® and more.

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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)

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina, or 11 Big Sur

  • 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 help.uaudio.com

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 PCIe Cards

Overall Rating

J. Anaka

January 4, 2021

pcie Quad Great processing at an affordable price

Bought these for an older Macpro 5.1 system and they work great . Both a quad and a duo . FYI these will not work with a Macpro 6.1 Trash can as they have different Pcie architecture . Great pieces.

M. Wurzbacher

December 30, 2020

UAD 4x PCIe Karte

endlich genug Power für alle PlugIns die ich benutze..

K. Wilson

December 23, 2020

OCTO PCIe not disappoint

To anyone considering the purchase of the UAD-2 OCTO, I have a few regrets!
1. I didn't purchase it sooner. I waited far too long. I also invested too much in other software.
2. I can not go back and re-mix the mastered music for my new work to be released in 2021.
The card is awesome. I have it housed within a Sonnet Echo Express SE 1. I hear that the Satellite is just the same. The card gives flexibility if you are planning to move up to the new Mac Pro. If you are new to the UA system, be sure to carefully observe the collections' bundles. All of those products sound amazing. It is more than just the "official looking' gorgeous graphics, the plugs sound amazing and the card is a beast; allowing to run a considerable amount of plugs in a session, as long as you know how to mix and bus properly. For example, I don't need or attempt to place an SSL on EACH channel or instrument; simply unnecessary. I believe there's a 30 day policy. At least try before you make any other purchase. Merry Christmas everybody :)

A. Schutte

December 18, 2020

UAD PCIe card OCTO

This card works like a charm (after I put it in the right slot in the old Mac Pro 2010 tower). I bought the "Custom" card so when I registered it I got to select 3 + 1 free plugins because of their holiday sales. Nice!

Great to have so much processing power added to this old system, to be able to throw in the great sounding plugins. I haven't tested them all (obviously) but for now the UA preamps, 1176 compressors and Ampex tape have added that nice little extra to my current projects.

F. Arruda

December 15, 2020

uad-2 pcie cards top

fiquei muito feliz com a placa consigo rodar vários plugins simultâneos. top top.

M. Wurzbacher

December 11, 2020

UAD PCIe mal 4

endlich genug Power um alle meine PlugIn zu nutzen

M. Wurzbacher

December 11, 2020

das ist um Längen besser als ein VST PlugIn

das ist um Längen besser als ein VST PlugIn und die CPU hat nix mehr zu werkeln.

c. marsac

December 11, 2020

Easy to install, lots of power

The card was recognised as soon as I installed it and it gives me a plenty of muscle so I don't run out of processing power when using the UAD plugins. I was having issues of stability with my firewire satellite Duo, but since installing this quad card along with an Apollo x8, my system is rock solid. Good stuff!

c. marsac

December 11, 2020

Easy to install, lots of power

The card was recognised as soon as I installed it and it gives me a plenty of muscle so I don't run out of processing power when using the UAD plugins. I was having issues of stability with my firewire satellite Duo, but since installing this quad card along with an Apollo x8, my system is rock solid. Good stuff!

c. marsac

December 11, 2020

Easy to install, lots of power

The card was recognised as soon as I installed it and it gives me a plenty of muscle so I don't run out of processing power when using the UAD plugins. I was having issues of stability with my firewire satellite Duo, but since installing this quad card along with an Apollo x8, my system is rock solid. Good stuff!

D. Arroyo

December 8, 2020

so glad

amazing.. UA is the best right now... keep it up..

J. Snider

November 21, 2020

PCI-e Quad card in Lenovo PC

Just wanted to say that my PCI-e card has been working fine for years. It is a quad card and I have one of the original Apollo silver (firewire) units that is also quad. The quad card has been sitting in a 2nd generation i7 gaming desktop by Lenovo. I'm getting ready to move over to Thunderbolt 3, and a Lenovo gaming laptop (Y740) that another UA user has verified worked with his Apollo etc. I will need to get a thunderbolt 3 chassis for the card, but other than that it should all be good. I chose that gaming laptop due to 1) Thunderbolt 3 port, 2) two hard drives, 3) generation 9 i7 chip, 4) 17" screen so I can read the tracks, easily expandable ram etc.

T. Tedesco

November 14, 2020

Tom Tedesco SR

The plug-ins sound great! Best I've heard so far.
The downside is there is no balance to disk feature, it almost was a dealbreaker thought about returning the system.
I added it to my ProTools HDX computer the sound is great, but it brings me back to one I was mixing on my old NEVE..
Why can't you guys figure out some way to speed up the balance to disk.
It really crunches the workflow, ProTools can bounce at 22 times real time.
This is great to audition and send things back and forth so clients can approve things. I can't use the system to do that everything has to be balanced at a little bit more than real time.
In my opinion this is terrible


T. Betthauser

October 27, 2020

Solid workhorses

Nothing but good things to say about these cards and the UAD plugins. The plugins are way beyond any others in terms of quality and functionality in a mix. The PCIe cards are Incredibly reliable! I’ve had one running for over ten years and just purchased a used duo card to compliment this existing card. Backwards compatibility is also impressive for these cards! I’m still running an old Pro Tools HD system on a power PC Mac G5 and can still purchase UAD plugins and can still download the needed software to run on this system. I don’t know of ANY other software manufacturer that can make that claim. Best thing is if I want to upgrade to a newer system it’s a simple card swap and I don’t have to pay a bunch of money just to run the same plugins on a newer version of software (I won’t name names, but you all know exactly who I’m talking about). Currently running a duo and a solo UAD-2 in my system and it runs flawlessly. Keep up the amazing work UA!

R. Stokes

October 15, 2020

UAD-2 OCTO PCIe

Sonnet X-Serve rack with 64gb Mac mini + HDX + UAD-2 OCTO running flawlessly! Also have a UAD-2 QUAD in an external enclosure all playing well together. Love it!

P. Perfetto

October 13, 2020

Amazingly fast!!

I have 3 of these in my new mac pro and they make the computer fly!! UA is amazing!!

P. Perfetto

October 13, 2020

Fast PCIE

These fly so fast on my new mac pro 2019!!!

G. Porrino

October 6, 2020

UAD-2 cards

I have two UAD-2 Quad cards and a Solo card running on my PC. Installation was easy as pie, and after registering, updating from the website couldn't be easier. Once installed you can forget they are there. Highly recommended.

i. alessandro

September 6, 2020

MISSING AUTHIRIZE

GOOD DAY, I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH MY UAD 2 8CORE PCIe AND THE QUALITY OF THE PLUG-INS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT HAVING PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED MY PLUG-INS WITHOUT EVER REGISTERED MY UAD AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION I HAVE LOST ALL THE LICENSES I PURCHASED OVER THE COURSE OF A FEW YEARS, I HAVE COMMUNICATED MY PROBLEM TO UAD SUPPORT, HOPING THAT THEY WILL SOLVE MY PROBLEM PROBLEM. THANK YOU...

A. URITESCU

September 4, 2020

enough dsp

great product, a bit pricey ...plugins are very good though, headache to deactivate demo plugins, easy instalation!