Universal Audio UAD-2 Quad Flexi  

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The UAD-2 QUAD Flexi is Universal Audio's most powerful and flexible processing package, offering full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC”plus a $500 plug-in voucher to build yo... Read More

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Overview

The UAD-2 QUAD Flexi is Universal Audio's most powerful and flexible processing package, offering full access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC”plus a $500 plug-in voucher to build your own personalized bundle. This DSP accelerator package includes several of Universal Audio's most popular "analog classic" plug-ins”the LA-2A and 1176 Compressors/Limiters, and the Pultec EQP-1A”for rich, vintage sound quality right out of the box. Thanks to its PCIe card with 4 SHARC processors, the UAD-2 QUAD provides 4 times the processing boost of the UAD-2 SOLO, allowing for the largest professional mixes. Better still, it gives users full access to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library, including some of the best-reviewed plug-ins of all time.

Specifically, the UAD-2 QUAD Flexi provides access to popular UAD plug-in titles from Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, BOSS, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix, and more (sold separately). Whether you use Cubase, Nuendo, Logic, Digital Performer, or Pro Tools, these UAD-2 plug-ins can inject the character and quality of classic hardware into your mixes, while freeing up your computer's internal processor for other mixing duties.

Mac- and Windows-compatible, with support for VST, Audio Units and RTAS, the UAD-2 QUAD Flexi is easy to use. Just install the software, install the card, and start mixing. Developed by one of the industry's finest engineering team, and backed by frequent new software and plug-in releases, the UAD-2 is the processing platform of choice for many of the world's top musicians, producers, and engineers.

Features
  • Flagship quad-processor DSP Accelerator Card for UAD Powered Plug-Ins on Mac or PC
  • Includes "Analog Classics" plug-in bundle, featuring LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN/SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A and Realverb Pro plug-ins
  • Access the complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library, including: Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, BOSS, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix, and more (sold separately)
  • Includes $500 voucher for plug-in purchases via UA's Online Store
  • Run complex, professional mix processing in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, and more”without taxing host computer CPU
  • Free UAD software upgrades, plus access to more plug-ins at UA's Online Store
  • High-bandwidth PCIe card with 4 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • VST, AU, RTAS support; Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard and Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible
  • Use up to 4 UAD-2(s) in one system; can be combined with UAD-1 cards
Specifications
  • Specifications:
    High-bandwidth x1 PCI Express card (PCIe 2.0 compatible)
    UAD-2 SOLO: low-profile, half-height, short PCIe card
    UAD-2 DUO/QUAD: full-height, short PCIe card
    1, 2, or 4 Analog Devices SHARC 21369 floating-point processors
    Multi-card support for up to 4 UAD-2's and 4 UAD-1's in one computer
    Cross-Platform for Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6, Windows XP/x64, Vista32/64, 7 32/64
    Supports VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
    44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz sample rate support for all plug-ins
    Drivers optimized for modern multithread and multiprocessor architectures
    Real time and faster than realtime processing for mix bounces
    LoadLock ensures resource availability on loaded plug-ins
    14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy

    Minimum System Requirements:
    Windows:
    Microsoft Windows XP (Home, Professional, or x64 Edition), Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista (x86 or x64), Windows 7 (32 or 64)
    Macintosh:
    Mac OS X 10.4.x Tiger, 10.5.x Leopard, or 10.6.x Snow Leopard
    Processor upgrade cards are not officially supported
    General:
    1 available PCIe (PCI Express) x1/x4/x8 or x16 slot
    256MB RAM (512MB is strongly recommended)
    1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor
    CD-ROM drive or internet connection for software installation
    125MB available hard drive space for UAD-2 or UAD-1 installation
    250MB available hard drive space for combined UAD-2 plus UAD-1 installation
    Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
    Compatible VST or Audio Units plug-in host application software
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all U.A. products and Kind of Loud products.


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5.0

Wow.... Just.. Wow.

By John Lardinois

from Madison, WI

This product is amazing... they make Waves plugins sound like a first-semester programming student's drunken mistake. UAD plugins are to Waves plugins as Waves plugins are to the free plugins that come with Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio 4. UAD plugins sound divine... BUT... there are some major issues. 1. They are terribly expensive - although if you are a serious mixer, they are worth the price, without a doubt. 2. The DSP resources on the card get used up very quickly... so unless you have a UAD-2 Quad, you won't be doing very complex mixes. I suggest using Waves' Analog Classics, Studio Classics, and Classic Compressors bundles in conjunction with UAD plugins to preserve resources while maintaining quality sound. 3. They. Are. Buggy. One major bug, which I have figured out, is that the plugins will only run at a buffer size of 1024 samples on a Pro Tools LE system. But in reality, that's not a problem at all, because that's a great buffer size for mixing. But if you go higher or lower, it will crash, and almost half the time, the file is corrupted. One minor issue is that when you first use them, they are very awkward to use... the controls are touchy and strange, but you get used to it very quickly, and the way they are designed allows for very detailed and delicate mixing. All in all - this product is worth the money. The bugs are very easy to work around, although serious; and the sound quality is breathtaking - there is absolutely no reason you should not buy this product, unless of course you have a serious, life-threatening allergy to DSP cards. Which I doubt. BUY IT. ALSO: if you are worried about putting the DSP card into your computer - take it to Geek Squad at any Best Buy, and they can do it for you for $50, or explain how to do it yourself, and it's quite simple. Namaste` y'all.

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