Universal Audio UAD-2 Solo Laptop DSP Accelerator Card  

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The UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop is a must-have sonic upgrade for recording and mixing with authentic analog sound quality on a laptop. This ExpressCard-based DSP accelerator package includes several of Universa... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop is a must-have sonic upgrade for recording and mixing with authentic analog sound quality on a laptop. This ExpressCard-based DSP accelerator package includes several of Universal Audio's most popular "analog classic" plug-ins”the LA-2A and 1176 Compressor/Limiters, and the Pultec EQ”and provides a significant processing boost for those who mix music on Mac or PC laptops, thanks to its onboard SHARC processor. Better still, it gives users access to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library, including some of the best-reviewed plug-ins of all time.

Specifically, the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop 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), from any ExpressCard-equipped Mac or PC. 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 laptop's internal processor for other mixing duties. Put simply, the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop is like having a rack full of vintage analog gear in your pocket.

Mac- and Windows-compatible, with support for VST, Audio Units, and RTAS, the UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop is easy to use. Just install the software, plug it in, and start mixing. Thanks to its Analog Devices SHARC processor, and simple ExpressCard format, no cables or external power supply are required. Just plug and play.

Developed by one of the industry's finest engineering teams, 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
  • Run world-class UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins finally on your ExpressCard-equipped Mac or PC laptop
  • 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)
  • Run complex mix processing in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, 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 ExpressCard format card with one Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processor
  • VST, AU, RTAS support; Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard and Windows XP/Vista/7 compatible
  • Linkable to existing UAD Groups/Systems - use up to 4 UAD-2(s) in one system; can be combined with UAD-1 cards
  • Includes $50 voucher for plug-in purchases via UA's online store
Specifications
  • 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 or 10.5.x Leopard
    Processor upgrade cards are not officially supported

    General:
    One available ExpressCard 34 or 54 slot (The 34 mm slot accepts only 34 mm cards. The 54 mm slot accepts both 34 mm and 54 mm cards. A diagonal guide in the rear of the 54 mm slot guides 34 mm cards to the connector.)
    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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4.7

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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound, but hardware becoming obsolete

By Doug

from Portland, Oregon

I've wasted so much money on plugins, but this UA stuff generally wins hands-down in terms of sounding natural and full of character. The compressors are amazing; some of the EQ's sound so Neve-y it's unbelievable. The drawback to this laptop model is that it is already basically obsolete thanks to Mac's updates on the new MacBook Pro's. Since this card needs an expresscard34 slot, it only works with the new 17 inch model, and only a couple of years' worth of the previous (non-black keyboard) MacBook Pro's (and does not work with the Powerbook G4 models). It's unfortunate for UAD that Mac made that decision, since it's an awesome card.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Card

By DjJohn

from Grosse Pointe, Michigan

I love these cards, becuase they speed up slow computers. Thats important especially when your djing.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing

By Chris

from rockville centre, ny

finally i don't have to spend 10 billion dollars on 4 preamps form ua. this is the best thing you can get for a portable laptop recording rig....or any computer based recording rig. UA never fails. Quality all the way. I just love how i can run everything outboard and not eat up any cpu in the process.

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