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Following on from the teaser in last weekâ€™s news Universal Audio have announced the UAD-2
Powered Plug-Ins & PCIe DSP Accelerator Card for DAWs. The UAD-2 is the successor to the revolutionary, award-winning UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins & DSP Card Platform. UAD-2 offers scalable DSP power via 3 different types of cards (Solo, Duo or Quad) which can be mixed or matched in any combination up to 4 cards. Each UAD-2 is powered by the same Analog DevicesÂ® 21369 SHARCÂ® floating-point DSP in single and multi-chip configurations. UAD-2 offers 2.5X (Solo), 5x (Duo) and 10X (Quad) the power of UAD-1.
Hereâ€™s what the Universal audio people are saying abot the UAD-2â€¦
â€œThe UAD-2 is set to shake up the audio industry even more radically than UAD-1 did.â€� said Mike Barnes, VP of Marketing for Universal Audio. â€œWe listened hard to the power, feature and plug-in requests from our loyal UAD-1 user base. Then we designed the new potent UAD-2 DSP platform for DAWs to be â€œthe oneâ€� that delivers all the sound and channel counts of large-format analog consoles plus all the authentic tone of classic outboard FX inside the box. You can Track, Mix and Master to the next power.â€�
â€œThe icing on the cake is all our existing UAD plug-in partners including Neve, Roland, SPL, Valley People and Empirical Labs are not only ready to get onboard UAD-2, but will be joined by new partners: Harrison, Moog, and Little Labs. â€œ enthused Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. â€œ These partnerships have helped us to create the most authentic plug-in emulations on the market and now those plugs run on the platform with the most power all in a package thatâ€™s within the price range of a small project studio.â€�
â€œWhat makes UAD-2 truly unique is that it not only sounds stellar due to our proprietary UAi modeling technology but itâ€™s deliberately priced to be accessible to all types of studioâ€™s from bedroom, to project to full pro facility.â€� added Bill Putnam Junior, UAâ€™s CEO & Founder. â€œFrom the basic UAD-2 Solo/Duo/Quad to the Flexi (make your own bundle) and Nevana 32/64/128 (exclusive NeveÂ® console bundles), the UAD-2 is one of those rare products which brings UAâ€™s superior sonic quality and legacy of professional recording know-how within the reach of everyone.â€�
Pricing and Availability:
- 2.5X (Solo), 5X (Duo), 10X (Quad) the power of UAD-1 on a single PCI Express card
- VST and AU support, cross platform Mac OS X Leopard/Tiger, Win XP/Vista
(NOTE: RTAS support to follow in a future 5.x release)
- Easily Expandable DSP - Use up to 4 UAD-1 & 4 UAD-2 cards in one system
- LiveTrackâ„¢(low-latency track/monitor mode)L.O.D.Eâ„¢(Live Optimizing DSP Engine)
- SessionMapâ„¢ (bi-directional UAD-1<>UAD-2 session compatibility & DSP manager)
The UAD-2 is now shipping and immediately available at UA dealers worldwide in 9 different hardware/software bundles ranging in street price from US$499 (UAD-2 SOLO) to US$1999 (UAD-2 Nevana 128).