UAD-2 Live Rack
This product has been discontinued. Please visit our UAD Accelerators page for similar options.
Realtime UAD Effects Processing,
Purpose-Built for Live Sound.
UAD-2 Live Rack is a robust 16-channel MADI effects processor that allows live sound engineers to craft studio-quality mixes using Realtime UAD Processing and industry-leading UAD plug-ins — right out of the box.
Built to withstand the rigors of live sound, users can chain up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units for up to 64 channels of MADI signal processing.
Mix studio-quality live sound with included UAD plug‑ins like genuine Teletronix® LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and more
Connect up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units for 64 channels of MADI signal processing
Use the Live Rack App for effects tweaking, saving, and recall — complete with drag and drop, copy and paste, plug-in zoom, channel strip presets, and more
Mix faster with MIDI snapshot recall and seamless integration with select Soundcraft Vi consoles
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing
With its Realtime UAD QUAD Core Processing, UAD-2 Live Rack lets engineers shape their live mixes with the world’s best analog emulations, courtesy of Universal Audio’s acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins library. Plus, existing UAD plug-in users can readily use all their licensed UAD plug-ins with UAD-2 Live Rack.**Live Rack includes the Core or Ultimate UAD plug-in bundles. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
A small number of UAD plug-ins are incompatible with UAD-2 Live Rack. For full details, visit help.uaudio.com.
Select from Core and Ultimate Software Packages
UAD-2 Live Rack Core includes a generous suite of UAD plug-ins right out of the box, featuring Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and more. UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate offers 90 UAD plug-ins, with titles from SSL,® Studer,® Neve,® Manley,® Lexicon,® API,® Moog,® and more.
Live Rack Application
With the Live Rack application, front-of-house engineers can take advantage of intuitive features such as drag and drop, copy and paste, keyboard navigation, plug-in zoom, and the ability to store and recall channel strip presets and/or complete setup configuration Snapshots. Designed for seamless operation in a live setting, the Live Rack app features large text and GUI elements making it easy to quickly tweak parameters. The Live Rack app also features MIDI snapshot recall capabilities as well as networked software integration with select Soundcraft Vi consoles.
UAD-2 Live Rack includes professional, fail-safe features for reliable live sound use. Redundant internal power supplies ensure that UAD-2 Live Rack will continue to process audio if one power supply fails. If the Live Rack application or computer fails, or its Thunderbolt cable is disconnected, UAD-2 Live Rack will still process audio with the last known plug-in state intact. And with the Live Rack app in Safe mode, destructive setting changes are prevented during a live show.
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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“The clarity and depth of UAD plug-ins bring my stage mixes to the next level. It’s fair to say that the UA Live Rack workflow has fundamentally changed the way I approach my craft”
– Dan Horton (Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, The Tonight Show)
“There are utilitarian tools for live mixing that are essential, and then there are the tools we use that help us make art — for me, the UAD‑2 Live Rack is just that.”
– Chris Rabold (Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Beyonce)
“Being able to use UAD plug-ins like vintage Fairchild compressors or Pultec EQs in my live mix setup has opened up so many tonal options — and they really complement the clean sound of my console.”
– Jamie Landry (The xx, Norah Jones, Frank Ocean)
“UAD‑2 Live Rack has fundamentally changed how I set up my mixes and quickly become an essential part of my rig. Having used many of the hardware versions of these plug-ins, all I can say is, ‘Wow!’”
– Ramon Morales (Chayanne, Ciara)
“I absolutely love the UAD‑2 Live Rack. It was easy to integrate into my setup — the plug‑ins sound great and the snapshot recall feature functions perfectly with my console. It has far exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t be happier.”
– Toby Francis (Ariana Grande, Katy Perry)
October 19, 2022
I want download live rackRead More
December 9, 2021
Great tool for live
I really enjoy this product the moment it was realised.. it really is a game changer and make me look good. Sad it not been...Read More
November 30, 2020
macOS 10.15.6?Read More
July 9, 2019
Portugal Tour with Live Rack
This is now a game changing position for me. I have all the processing I need with my 2x UAD Live Rack. Being a "parallel compression guy" this made my life a lot easier and...Read More
May 1, 2019
Touring UAD-2 Live Rack with Zara Larsson 2019
On this 2019 Touring year we went for the UAD-2 Live Rack to take control over our vocal FX's backbone. And we are extremely happy with the sound and stability of the UAD-2 Live Rack. We...Read More
April 10, 2019
Dante and p.c.
why not make things for both platforms i got usb3 usbc and thunderbolt but cant switch from p.c to mac its a lot of money being spent on gear that wont interchange or please send me a link...Read More
Live Rack Core Bundle
- Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
- Pultec Pro Legacy
- UA 1176LN Legacy
- UA 1176SE Legacy
- Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
- Precision Mix Rack Collection
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 smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate Bundle
- AKG BX 20
- API 2500 Bus Compressor
- API Vision Channel Strip
- API 500 EQ Collection
- Brigade Chorus Pedal
- Cambridge EQ
- Cooper Time Cube Delay
- CS-1 Channel Strip
- dbx 160 Compressor/Limiter
- Distortion Essentials Bundle
- Empirical Labs Distressor
- EMT 140 Reverb
- EMT 250 Reverb
- EP-34 Tape Echo
- Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-In Collection
- FATSO JR/SR Tape Emulation
- Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe Guitar Amp
- Galaxy Tape Echo
- Harrison 32C & 32C SE
- Korg SDD-3000 Delay
- Lexicon 224 Reverb
- Little Labs IBP
- Little Labs VOG
- Manley Massive Passive EQ Collection
- Manley Vari-Mu
- Manley Voxbox
- Moog Multimode Filter Collection
- MXR Flanger/Doubler
- Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Collection
- Neve 1081 EQ
- Neve 31102 EQ
- Neve 33609 Compressor
- Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection
- Ocean Way Studios
- Oxide Tape Recorder
- Precision Buss Compressor
- Precision De-Esser
- Precision Enhancer kHz
- Precision Enhancer Hz
- Precision Equalizer
- Precision K-Stereo
- Precision Limiter
- Precision Mix Rack Collection
- Precision Maximizer
- Pultec Passive EQ Collection
- Pure Plate Reverb
- RealVerb Pro
- SPL Transient Designer
- SSL 4000 E Channel Strip Collection
- SSL 4000 G Bus Compressor Collection
- Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
- Studio D Chorus
- Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection
- Teletronix LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler
- Thermionic Culture Vulture
- Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ
- UA 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection
- UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection
16-channel MADI effects processor for live mixing w/ Realtime UAD QUAD Core Processing and UAD plug-ins
Process with acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins while mixing live sound
Includes a suite of UAD plug-ins including Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and more
Allows use of any licensed UAD plug-in(s) in users’ UAD accounts*
Combine 4 units for up to 64 channels of Optical MADI signal processing
Store configuration Snapshot files for easy recall of all show settings
Load Snapshot configurations via MIDI or Soundcraft Vi CUE function
Connects to Soundcraft Vi consoles via Ethernet for Snapshot CUE control
Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for Macs (for plug-in control only)
UAD-2 Live Rack System Requirements
- Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt 3 port
- MacOS 10.13.3 High Sierra
- Thunderbolt 3 cable for each UAD-2 Live Rack unit
- (2) single MADI Optical SC cables or (1) Duplex MADI Optical SC cable for each UAD-2 Live Rack unit
- MADI optical SC signal source & return (e.g., digital mixing console)
- Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
- Six gigabytes available storage
- Cables and adapters are not included
- Thunderbolt 1 or 2 Mac can be used with appropriate adapters and cables
- Multi-unit setups cannot use duplex (paired) MADI cables
- UAD-2 Live Rack is compatible with the MADI standard protocol (AES10) via optical SC connections. Although coaxial MADI cannot be connected directly, UAD-2 Live Rack is expected to operate with any digital audio device with MADI optical I/O using proper converters, cabling and/or adapters (such as the optical I/O of a MADI coaxial converter).
- For complete compatibility information, please visit help.uaudio.com
UAD-2 Live Rack
I want download live rack
Great tool for live
I really enjoy this product the moment it was realised.. it really is a game changer and make me look good. Sad it not been developed anymore
UAD Live Rack - WTF Happened
Looking at this Live Rack for a few years, exactly what I needed. Bought the Rack "Brand New", found out it was unsupported, sent it straight back. Very Disappointed.
I sent four of these racks back quite quickly...
These racks are not future proof unless UAD updates the software to be able to work with chip-based Macs. The work-around does not work on the M1 computers.
Why no update?艹你
Need update for macOS Catalina !!!M****F**K uad
Discontinuing this product is a huge failure for UA
Abandoning the live industry is a terrible decision. As live mixers, we longed for this product. It has been an absolute game changer for live engineers. Sonically it’s far superior to anything else out there. But discontinuing updates, manufacturing, etc. is a huge failure on your part. Makes me rethink a lot of decisions I will make for my studio and how I will go forward with hardware and software there too.
This is a really stupid move
Thanks for alienating live engineers from your platform. This was and could’ve been and continued to be the best live plug in format available
MUCH NEEDED PRODUCT
This thing could be such an awesome product line but it’s under powered and under developed. Come on UAD. Professionals want this to not suck
LIVE RACK UPDATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love UAD Products - but UAD ignores the Users of the Live Rack... NO UPDATES for a long time and i cannot use more than 4 Autotunes at the same time... Not enough power to use more??? Thats a shame for so much money... Time to change!??? Waves?
I'm really disappointed...
After having purchased two of these units, I am really disappointed this platform does not get any latest updates of the plugins and Mac OS. It does not support the latest MacOS which is very disappointing.
We need updates please
An expensive memory
There’s no question that UAD plugs are good but this unit has been left behind by UAD.
No updates to plugins for quite some time even as they come out for the studio accelerators and only “officially supported” by an old version of High Sierra, not even the most of to date version of HS shows that this extremely expensive quad processor is being neglected.
After asking about updates multiple times, the question is deflected with “not at this time”.
For something that had so much potential, I’m pretty disappointed with the purchase in the end. I had planned on getting a second but won’t be wasting my money.
Please apply updates ASAP and support the unit as you do the studio range. Show it some love!
No updates since ages, totally neglected...
after investing € 3500 in plugins and € 3000 in the hardware, it is extremely disappointing to see that the live rack gets no updates at all. none of the newer plugins are working. it seems to me ua has abandoned this unit... very sad!
Could be nice...
But the software ist very old and no updates. So all the new plugins are not working.
Portugal Tour with Live Rack
This is now a game changing position for me.
I have all the processing I need with my 2x UAD Live Rack. Being a "parallel compression guy" this made my life a lot easier and better :) - Mário Correia / FOH / D.A.M.A
Touring UAD-2 Live Rack with Zara Larsson 2019
On this 2019 Touring year we went for the UAD-2 Live Rack to take control over our vocal FX's backbone. And we are extremely happy with the sound and stability of the UAD-2 Live Rack. We use Allen&Heath dLive consoles with Super Made option cards. - Oscar Soederlund/ParashootFOH Zara Larsson
3 Grand for the rack unit and it's only a UAD-Quad? Something like this should be specced as high as the most currently available UAD2 Satellite Octa - which 2/3's cheaper.
Also - the connectively for remote control is way too system specific and would have benefited from iOS or an embedded VNC Server (such as the Trinnov DMON series). That way *any* system or tablet could control it, Dramatically widening your customer base.
I would have loved to use this as part of my hybrid studio using dedicated MADI ADC/DACs like a ferrofish A32.. and mixed and matched signals fwith my real analog outboard.. but it just seems too cumbersome and underpowered for the money.
With these two factors, I'm sure these aren't flying off the shelf.
Dante and p.c.
why not make things for both platforms i got usb3 usbc and thunderbolt but cant switch from p.c to mac its a lot of money being spent on gear that wont interchange or please send me a link to fix this lol
Hope to update the 9.8 new version driver as soon as possible
Drivers are not well updated and supported
Why can't you support PC?
Same great unit with a face lift!
Just as good as the ole Real Time Rack except needing a thunderbolt to USB-C adapter now. Can't wait for a more robust MK2