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    by S. Muramatsu . 4 out of 5 stars

    I always use NEVE EQs and several compressors powered by UAD-2 for each drum parts of VST instruments when composing. UAD-2 QUAD is powerful enough to trim every sounds of kick, snare, hat, toms, crush and ride, also overhead. This makes big difference in my drum unit. It turns lively so much.
    EMT-140&250 are also my favorite. Those are unique in UAD and you can't find them in other plug-in distributors. They will give some organic reverb to your vocals and guitar solo.
    One thing I have to tell is that if you use UAD-2 DSP, soon you need more. I chose a UAD-2 QUAD for myself, but it is not enough to put plug-ins into every channel which I wanted to use them. I might buy another QUAD card, that is a problem.


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    by S. Sherrard . 4 out of 5 stars

    When the UAD-2 systems came out, I already had four UAD-1 cards in an external expansion chassis. I bought the UAD-2 QUAD and had it running in a slot in the computer (not in the expansion slot) at the same time as the UAD-1 cards. They worked together without any problems. However, as I was hoping, the UAD-2 was more than powerful enough to replace the four UAD-1 cards. So, I eventually sold the UAD-1 cards and the expansion chassis to simplify my hardware setup.

    I'm loving all the UAD plug-ins and the UAD-2 Quad gives me more than enough power for almost every mix I do. With some of the new intensive DSP plug-ins, I can occasionally manage to max out the card, but that is fairly rare, and I can also freeze tracks to free up some DSP when needed.

    The only negative I have to say about the UAD-2 QUAD card I have (which is one of the earliest ones), is that the PCI-E connector is very small, and didn't fit very tightly into the slot on the original computer I had it in. Plus, it didn't seem to line up correctly with the backplane of the computer, so when I screwed it down, it was angle slightly, and sometimes it wasn't making proper contact in the slot, and one or two of the QUAD's processors wouldn't show up, or sometimes the entire card wouldn't even show up, and I'd have to shut down, and reseat it in the slot. I ended up have to loosen the screw on the card itself that held the backplane bracket so that I could pull that bracket a little further back to allow it to fit better into my computer.

    I have since built a whole new studio computer system, and the QUAD seems to fit tighter and lines up slightly better with the backplane in the new computer, although it's still not a perfect fit. But, no problems so far with the card not being recognized.

    Even with my new i7-950 based system, which can handle quite a bit of plug-ins all on its own (I also own Waves Mercury + SSL, plus many other Native plugs), the UAD-2 Quad is a major part of my mixing arsenal. UA makes great sounding plugs that I rely on for every mix, even though I have other similar native options. Something about the UAD versions just sound right to me and seem to be easier to dial in to get the sound I want.


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    by A. Davison . 4 out of 5 stars

    The Good:
    I finally upgraded my old UAD1 card for the UAD2 Duo. I'm loving the increased DSP power; I can use UAD plugins on far more tracks than before.

    The Bad:
    I really miss the Nigel guitar suite. That thing was an unsung hero, especially (surprisingly enough) on my bass tracks.

    The Ugly:
    The harsh fact is that these cards are expensive. For a proffessional studio, I'd say it's a no-brainer, but for a project studio like mine, well, let's just say my wife will not allow me to buy anything else music-related for a while.


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    online testing would ease pre-purchase jitters

    by C. Schiermeyer . 4 out of 5 stars

    I wish there were a way to test out the plugins without having to buy the card, like a system similar to the Try-sound.com website, which lets you sort of "skype" into a machine running the plugins you want to test and transmits hi-res audio back to you so you can hear what they sound like. Try-sound is meant for sample libraries, so you're only sending midi data and they're sending back audio in realtime. it'd be more difficult due to the bandwidth usage requirements for transmitting .aif/.wav files to be tested, and hearing the tweaks in realtime. But that's a feature that's missing from trying out your stuff. As of now, you have to use them at a friend's studio to see what they sound like.


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    UAD Quad card

    by G. Bucci . 4 out of 5 stars

    If you are a serious UAD user, you will need the power of at least a Quad card in your setup. Granted with programs like Cubase you can freeze the tracks to save on some DSP power. The cost for the Quad card in my opinion is over priced. Especially when you consider the card has been out for a couple of years and the cost of processors goes done every couple of months. (Look how quickly the price of your computer drops every 6 months). With that being said, UA has helped to reduce the sting of the $1,000 hit on the wallet. They many times offer credit or specials. In my case I was able to get a $200 credit which paid for the excellent 1176 Collection.


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    you all are awesome

    by S. Reischl . 4 out of 5 stars

    loving your plug ins... only missing the free plug ins that were suppose to come with the system... i didn't get this... it wont work

    Strip, Tape & Plate Promo
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    Expires: 10/31/2013 11:59 PM PST
    Details: Single-Use Coupon. Must be used in a single transaction


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    Octo Upgrade

    by D. Lowe . 4 out of 5 stars

    Having been using a duo card for the last couple of years, and finding that running the latest plugs uses more power than I've got, I decided to add an octo card. I feel I can now run what I want with no worry's. I'm using about 60% power running LA2A 1176 collections, EMT 140, lexicon 224, EMT 250, Ocean Way and both tape plugins on an average 30 track project. My PC has gone from overloaded down to about a third power. The only drawback is the cost of the plugins and having to wait for the special offers to be able to get the plugins at reasonable cost.


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    I love it except the latency in protools.

    by A. Pir . 4 out of 5 stars

    It was a big upgrade for me from uad1 to uad2 octo. I'm very happy with the power of this card and quality of the plug ins . The only thing I'm concern about it is the plug ins latency which is very high in pro tools .


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    I love it except the latency in protools.

    by A. Pir . 4 out of 5 stars

    It was a big upgrade for me from uad1 to uad2 octo. I'm very happy with the power of this card and quality of the plug ins . The only thing I'm concern about it is the plug ins latency which is very high in pro tools .


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    New Octo plusses/minusses

    by D. Pyle . 4 out of 5 stars

    It's hard to give a star rating cuz I can't tell exactly what factors are contributing to my current issues. On Mac, Octo card requires OS 10.8 so I had to update that first.

    The card itself is fantastic. I love being able to have my own channel strip setup on every channel without having to strategize which tracks deserve limited CPU available. Using multiple instances of real power hog plugs (Lexicon, Manley Massive Passive...) is a relief. I can use whatever I want where I want without second thought.

    ...or can I? I experience regular freezes that result in force-quit, and constant lag from drives having gone to sleep. Despite having a very powerful computer, there is a data jam somewhere that may or may not be due to Octo card.


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    by P. Schmoll . 4 out of 5 stars

    All in all this is an excellent product but some of the plugins such as the Lexicon will cause the computer to crash. Judging by the feedback on some of the forums it seems as if I'm not the only one.

    For logic users it's very helpful to check your settings to avoid latency on the buses etc. but it's not too terribly hard to figure it out. I'd also recommend running at 64bit.

    It would have been nice to customize the plugin suite as there are quite a few plugins that I would never use and several that I wished I could have substituted for.


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    by M. Greer . 4 out of 5 stars

    Hi Guys!

    With all this talk about "Neve", I thought that the only way I would ever get close enough to one to learn it well is to buy the next best thing. I am very happy that I did.

    Being a bit old school, I love the fact that I have plug- ins that exist in the real world. I take pride in that I buy all the software on my computer. To me, UAD is one of the only plug - in manufactures that is not bleeding revenue due to the existence of hackers. That means the kid next door doesn't have the same fire power that I have unless he buys it !!

    I will continue to use my UAD plug - ins as my go to plug - ins, because they do what they say they do ....awesome emulation of the real stuff.

    Regards,

    Matthew greer


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    by T. Belcastro . 4 out of 5 stars

    Got this after a dispute with Waves over their old update plan and haven't touched a Waves plugin since. The sound quality is excellent and the plugins are very stable on a 64 bit system running SONAR X1: took the mixing and mastering experience to a whole new level. The only thing that keeps it from getting 5 stars is having to remove the card each time the software is updated, but since I got the Omni package it is rarely needed unless I want to add a new plugin.


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    by R. Gun . 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the most important points to buy this card was, that the investment would not loose soon its worth. I can´t stand the situation that i pay a lot of money for a software an then my neighbours kids tell me they found it fully working and downloadable for free on internet.
    It is working as a large dongle. And that is its fault too. It is limited in workingpower because it doesn´t grow with your cpu power like native plugins and, may the PCIe standard changes later, you can´t use it annymore in your new PC.
    But today it works fine, got enough power , consumes small amouth of energy (compaired to outboard gear) and the most important: it sounds well enough for even high professional jobs.
    Don´t forget the real stable drivers (MAC) , the contious expanding and cultivated software. Plus : if you do really not like it at all - resell it and get the money back (most).
    One thing to remember: you can´t sell parts of your plugin collection unlike hardware soundprocessors you don´t like annymore. Either software and hardware together, or hardware only - thats it.

    I gave not highest ranking because of the told limitations. May UAD when times are comming, find a solution by making free upgrades or other customer friendly behavior. This can happen but actually is as described.


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    by S. Lowery . 4 out of 5 stars

    I have used UAD cards since the beginning and when the UAD 2 QUAD card came out I had to have it! Especially with UA's latest NEVE plug in additions! The QUAD2 runs an insane amount of DSP. When I received mine, I tested it out on my next mixing session where I ran 28 channels of NEVE88, 2-DREAM VERB, 2-PLATE 140, 4- PRECISION BUSS comp, PRECISION MULTIBAND,EQ and Limiter without a glitch.

    What I would like to see from UA is a product in which you can take your PCI and PCIe cards and rack them into a portable chassis so when technology changes their "standard" again you can still use UA products. If this isn't an option, I would like to see if UA could do an "upgrade" hardware solution for all their registered and loyal customers.

    My only complaint is that I don't have another UAD-2 QUAD card!!


    Mr.Sawbladehead


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    by J. Tapia . 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, the performance and the stability. A must have.


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    by J. Petrin . 4 out of 5 stars

    Love the cards. By far the best emulations I have heard on the market...
    My main wishes are for better Pro Tools integration (full RTAS compatibility) and a way to chain the plugins and reduce latency for multiple plugins on a single tracks (so audio only makes the trip to the cards once per track rather than once per plugin)


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    by J. Elkan . 4 out of 5 stars

    My Quad is great! One of the most important pieces of kit in the studio.
    Even though it is completely digital at its heart it adds the most organic and emotional
    input to all my mixes.

    Pricing for the plugins used to be more compelling and I've slowed down a lot on buying new ones due to price but I can't fault them for quality..

    Thanks for a great product but if the prices could top out at $250 then I'd be buying may more of them.


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    by A. Kovacsics . 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything's fine, except a little annoying thing.

    It's seem unfair to me, that me as an old customer and UAD user who had almost all the plug-ins, I don't get any introductionary offer for the new stuffs. The special offers usually don't satisfy my needs.

    But your plug-ins are great anyway!


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    by P. Kaludjerovic . 4 out of 5 stars

    Hi!

    + Very helpfull tool, 80% of my mixes done on UAD cards
    + great plugIns (LA2A, 1176, Fairchild, especially NEVE...)
    + worth every cent I paid (except Harrison)

    - Dual&QuadCPU overload & spikes in Nuendo 4.3
    It's unacceptable that I have to manage CPU affinity in TaskManager every time I start Nuendo. Expecting this to be solved.

    Best regards!!!


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