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UAD-2 Live Rack

UAD-2 Live Rack

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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.

Now You Can:

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

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

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.

Fail-Safe Features

Fail-Safe Features

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.

UAD-2 Live Rack Downloads


Live Rack Core Bundle

  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • RealVerb‐Pro
  • Precision Mix Rack Collection

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 smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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
  • DreamVerb
  • 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

Key Features

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

Notes:

  • 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

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 Live Rack

Overall Rating

4.1/5
(9 reviews)

O. Söderlund

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 use Allen&Heath dLive consoles with Super Made option cards. - Oscar Soederlund/ParashootFOH Zara Larsson

N. PARFITT

April 30, 2019

Oversights...

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.

l. wade

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 to fix this lol

t. xing

March 27, 2019

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?

N. Wood

March 13, 2019

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

v. vemuri

December 26, 2018

why is UAD-2 Rack Live gadjet not for pc

are not loosing a big chunk of market by excluding PC music producers from using this gadget and denying them this privilege especially when windows 10 is the new favourite with music composers....!

v. vemuri

December 26, 2018

why is UAD-2 Rack Live gadjet not for pc

with music scene flourishing wonderfully with windows 10 OS....are you not loosing wide pc market by excluding them from this product...?

M. Fanuele

October 16, 2018

Works Great and Easy

UAD-2 Live rack has been working flawlessly for me on tour for the last 2 weeks. Very easy - plug in the MADI, turn the unit on, turn on the computer, and go. My only complaint *UAD please listen* why use MADI Optical? We have to add another $700 for a MADI conversion box to use on most professional touring desks.

C. Orth

September 28, 2018

Less latency + touchscreen = more sound + more fun

Its perfectly easy to use the Live Rack. Connecting it with MADi saves me two roundtrips of conversion and the use with a touch screen is a lot more comfortable than searching and clicking with the mouse.