UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator Cards

UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator Cards

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.

See what’s included in Ultimate ›

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

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 PCIe Cards

Overall Rating

a. caNTONE

September 8, 2021



J. Grandberg

September 5, 2021

In 2021 I upgraded from UAD-1 to UAD-2

I'm a "late adopter". I really wanted the Fairchild plugin after hearing the demos so I purchased a UAD-2 duo. There are the best plugins available IMO. I own a real LA2A and the plugin version surprised me how good it sounds. The process of buying, authorizing plugins is so smooth, I had one issue with my antivirus zapping an install file and UA tech support was very helpful and fast, resolved in under 24 hours.

Š. Kominko

August 31, 2021

Executive power.

I have been using the UAD-2 PCIe SOLO card for 5 years. Since the performance of one processor was insufficient with the addition of plugins, so I decided to buy OCTO, and I must say that it is a huge difference. I am very happy to be able to use all the excellent plugins to the fullest. When installing to the first PCIe port, the system could not recognize the card, but I installed the card to the second PCIe port and everything was fine, everything works great. UAD plugins are my favorites and I like working with them, I use them in every mix of mine.
Thank you Universal Audio

S. Kim

August 6, 2021

Initial setting

It didn't works with my first Pcie slot. I change to another and it works. weird...

c. mckenzie

August 1, 2021

What can I say......

Oh my, these are so good all second-hand hardware Octo, Quad, Solo, and a Satellite Quad, am I happy? yes, yes, yes so much power and excellence of plugins they work so well with my much fun and a Cheshire cat smile ......boom shake the room!

J. Davis

July 13, 2021

Extremely Upset / Disappointed

I just received my UAD-2 PCIE OCTO. Installed it. Registered it with UAD. Went to go load up some plugins into the insert in the Apollo Twin USB Console and was greeted with the usual message explaining that there is not enough power to run the requested plugins. So I was obviously confused. Why did I just spend 1,200 on a pcie octo that promised to allow me to use more plugin power? I loaded the meter and control panel and it showed 0% usage in the octo and 87% usage in the apollo. I thought maybe I was doing something wrong. So I loaded up Ableton Live 11 and started loading up plugins. I checked back and all of the plugins in ableton were being powered by the octo and everything in the console was being powered by the apollo. This makes no sense to me. Why would you advertise this product the way you've been advertising it? You need to be 100% clear to us that we will not gain any power in the console by using this octo. I'm extremely upset about this. I also spent 1000 more on plugins and I feel like I just wasted 2200 bucks on this being that one of the main reasons I bought it was to increase my console power. So the problem I was dealing with has not been resolved. I spent 2200 and have the same issue I had before, the only cool thing is being able to load more into ableton, but why does it not work with my console? This is a huge flaw. You've been making this for years and years now, the next update better include a feature that allows you to power the apollo console with the pcie octo. Y'all better contact me asap about this.

D. Saronson

July 1, 2021

Great addition to my Pro Tools Rig

Added an Octo to my new Avid Carbon setup, after having just got rid of an old HD3 Accel system. Love the Octo, it has tons of processing power! So far I bought the Ultimate 9 bundle, and wow, the plugs are great. Reminds me of my roots back in the '90s... when all my outboard gear was, well, actually outboard! Integration was seamless, and I am looking forward to adding some of the other available plug-ins (like the AMS RMX16) soon:)

R. Batista

June 30, 2021

Um sonho se torna real

Realmente um ótimo produto! Os sons das emulações são ótimos. Com esses produtos você sobe de nível!

R. Ruskin

June 9, 2021

Does what I need

No glitches or hiccups when in use. Will add function to it in the future.

F. Solli

June 8, 2021

Maximum power.

For me this is the optimal solution for sound processing in my audio production system. The PC doesn't even notice the computing power I use in my effects chains to mix and master my work. In my Home Studio the eight-chip UAD-2 OCTO is perfect without any compromise for the quantity and quality of the plug-ins. Excellent investment.


June 2, 2021

Achat récent carte UAD-2 PCIe

La carte fonctionne très bien, les liens avec le site Universal Audio sont parfaits, on m'a répondu rapidement et efficacement quand j'ai eu besoin d'aide pour installer la carte et autoriser les plugins, c'est rassurant, sinon les plugins ont grandement améliorés mes mixages, ils sont vraiment très bons, et comme il y en a de toutes sortes, on trouve largement son bonheur, de plus la carte soulage mon pc et c'est un plus quand on utilise beaucoup d'effets, autrement, actuellement nous bénéficions de 50 % de remise et j'en ai profité pour acheter quelques plugins, merci à toute l'équipe.

A. Di Donato

June 1, 2021

Uad 2 Pcie Cards

Really a great product! The sounds of the emulations are great. With these products you level up!

T. Dwyer

May 30, 2021

Pair of Octo's

I've had a pair of Octo's next to our big (Mixers Sound) Studio A system, along side the Avid HDX card for a couple of years now since their install we've used UAD plugins almost exclusively for the TV/Films we mix. We run a dozen SSL strips on the dialog and a 480 on the music master and Precision De-Essers on the Dialog tracks and on and on. I'm considering a 3rd if it will work. It's like the good old days but I don't have to have a maintenance engineer full time to keep it all running. GREAT work, UAD. FYI, the computer is a Precision 7920, 16 core. We also have an Octo in our Studio B system because jealousy was becoming a problem.

D. Wold

May 29, 2021

Failed two months after warranty expired..

UAD is not helping me because I'm over warranty so I'm stocked with 3369USD worth of plugins but no hardware to run them from.

R. Adams

May 4, 2021

Mac version of the PC Card

Mac version of the PC Card

R. Adams

May 4, 2021

Mac version of the PC Card

Mac version of the PC Card

R. Adams

May 4, 2021

Mac version of the PC Card

Mac version of the PC Card

E. Wells

May 4, 2021

Wish I would have done it sooner

Purchased to try out the UA ecosystem for myself and was blown away instantly.
The quality of the plugins in undeniable and the added horsepower made running sessions a lot more comfortable.
I have already added 2 more UAD-2 cards so I am now at 3 plus some added plugins.

A happy customer indeed.

F. Cerda

May 2, 2021

A dream becomes real

The card works flawlessly on my PC Windows based system, it's a dream finally never being short of DSP anymore. I had some issues registering the hardware which led me to loose all the free plugins that came with the promotion bundled with this product. However, UAD customer support solved the problem right away, and now I'm enjoying the hardware even more!

Y. Demenok

May 2, 2021

UAD-2 Octo Core + UAD-2 Octo Core

This is good power :)