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Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card

B&H # UNUAD2S Mfr # UAD-2 SOLO
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You Pay: $299.00
Product Highlights
  • PCIe Card with One SHARC DSP
  • Analog Classics Plug-Ins
  • UA Fifty Dollar Voucher
  • Audio Units
  • RTAS
  • VST
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Server/Vista/7

The UAD-2 Solo from Universal Audio consists of a short form PCIe (Express) card for use in either Mac or Windows based native audio workstations. The card supplements the DSP processing of these systems, giving the computer's CPU more headroom and freeing resources for other functions that can include additional tracks, heavier mix automation or the ability to use more native effects.

"Analog Classics" is a new software bundle included with the UAD-2 Solo, a collection of the company's best-selling and most-popular plug-ins that truly captures the quality of their analog hardware emulations, and brings classic "analog" sound to the digital domain. The Pultec EQ and the RealVerb Pro Room Modeler have always been included with the card.

But now, two classics that were previously only available for purchase, have been added. The LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler is an emulation of the revered, electro-optical, analog compressor, while the 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier is the most accurate emulation of UA's legendary, FET-based, hardware classic. Also part of the bundle is the 1176SE Limiting Amplifier, a DSP-optimized version of the 1176LN, yielding higher instance counts with its own unique characteristics.

An included voucher allows the user to purchase from Universal Audio (via the Internet) further plug-ins of their choice. Additionally, the UAD-2 Solo supports the use of other manufacturers' Audio Units, RTAS or VST plug-ins when using the appropriate host software.

Note! To obtain the LA-2A and 1176LN plug-ins, the purchaser needs to register their card. The plug-ins will then be automatically added to their my.uaudio.com account and available for immediate download and use.

Hardware
  • Cross-platform (Mac/PC), high-bandwidth PCIe (Express) card provides dedicated DSP for native DAW applications
  • Card features a single Analog Devices SHARC 21369 floating-point processor that delivers 2.5 times the DSP power of the original UAD-1
  • Fully PCIe 2.0 compliant x1 card that can be used in x1, x4, x8 and x16 slots
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    Functioning
  • Real-time and faster than real-time mix bounce processing supported
  • High-speed memory bus improves the running of reverb/delay type effects
  • Live Track (low latency mode) induces no added latency and allows the card to behave like a host based plug-in for monitoring, tracking and processing
  • L.O.D.E. (live Optimizing DSP Engine) automatically balances plug-in instantiation to deliver maximum DSP allocation
  • Load Lock reserves DSP for guaranteed plug-in loading
  • Sampling rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz supported
  • Software
  • "Analog Classics" plug-ins covering dynamics, EQ, reverb and processing
  • Supports the use of third-party Audio Units, RTAS and VST plug-ins
  • Further plug-ins can be obtained from UA's web site using an included voucher that has an equivalent value of fifty dollars
  • Form PCIe (Express) card - low-profile, half-height, short card
    DSP Single Analog Devices SHARC 21369 DSP Chip
    Expansion Chassis Support Not tested
    Plug-In Support VST
    Audio Units
    RTAS
    Included Plug-Ins LA-2A Audio Leveler
    176LN Limiting Amplifier
    Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer
    RealVerb Pro
    1176SE Limiting Amplifier
    CS-1 Channel Strip
    System Requirements Mac:
    Mac computer with available PCIe slot for each UAD-2 card (processor upgrade cards are not officially supported)
    OS X 10.4.x or 10.5.x
    256MB RAM (512MB strongly recommended)
    125MB hard disk space
    CD ROM drive or Internet connection for software installation
    Internet connection for registration and obtaining optional plug-ins
    1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor
    AGP or PCI Express graphics video adapter (PCI graphics not supported)
    Audio Unit, RTAS or VST compatible host software

    PC:
    Windows computer with available PCIe slot for each UAD-2 card
    Windows XP (Home, Pro or x64 Edition)/Server 2003/Vista (x86 or x64), Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit)
    256MB RAM (512MB strongly recommended)
    125MB hard disk space
    CD ROM drive or Internet connection for software installation
    Internet connection for registration and obtaining optional plug-ins
    1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor
    AGP or PCI Express graphics video adapter (PCI graphics not supported)
    VST or RTAS compatible host software
    Specialties Multi-card support for up to 8 cards - up to 4 UAD-1 or 4 UAD-2 may be used simultaneously in one host computer
    Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card
  • UAD-2 PCIe Card
  • LA-2A Audio Leveler Plug-In
  • 1176LN Limiting Amplifier Plug-In
  • Pultec EQP-1A Plug-In
  • Realverb Pro Plug-In
  • 1176SE Compressor Plug-In
  • CS-1 Channel Strip Plug-In
  • Installation CD-ROM
  • QuickStart DVD (Video Tutorials)
  • Voucher (Fifty Dollar Value) for Purchase of Additional Plug-Ins
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Universal AudioUAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card
     
    4.6

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional recording (5)
      • Home studio (3)
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      5.0

      Finally Broke Down.

      By self adhesive records

      from seattle, wa

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card:

          I usually find emulations pale in comparison, like seeking out new sounds and have preferred using outboard gear as a rule of thumb. The reality is that itb mixing is here to stay, and it's infinitely more convenient; Time for me to embrace. I'm afraid to admit that after years of avoiding these plug ins, I finally broke down and mixing in the box is going to be just fine! I didn't feel limited to presets or other's notions of how something should sound. I don't care if it emulates perfectly. After all, I hated Distressors when they emulate, but love them when they are their own thing. I will definitely be using UAD plugs from here on out.

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          4.0

          Best choice for limited budget

          By otscomp

          from Philomath OR

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card:

              I have not had this unit for very long but the plugins are incredible. Highly recommended. With the free additional plugins promotion it was the least expensive way to break into higher end audio processing for a home/project studio. Looking forward to exploring all the possibilities...

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              4.0

              Excellent DSP, great sounding plugins...

              By chepemax

              from mexico

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Compressors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card:

                I only give it four stars, because of the high cost of extra plugins...

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                5.0

                a must have for home studio

                By Jim the studio man

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card:

                  It's the best and now the most affordable "must have" for any home studio!!! Love it!

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                  5.0

                  Great plugins at low price

                  By Tony the cat

                  from Quebec city, Canada

                  About Me Experienced

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo - PCIe DSP Card:

                    Very easy to install.
                    Near zero latency. Great for mixing or live application.
                    Very transparent sound and low noise. EMT 140 plate reverb and pultec EQ are impressive.

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