My Mac Pro was underpowered for mixing large Pro Tools sessions so I decided to give him more power !
The UAD-2 Octo Ultimate card did it perfectly and even more than i expected !!!
Now my mixes sound really better: All plugins provided are really amazing !
Thanks to Universal Audio for this great product .
I'm amazed! I've been a big UAD fan since I bought the first Mackie PCI card version many years ago. The quality of the initial plug ins gave my work a very clean and professional sound. I kept adding plug ins, and realized that I had more tools for mixing than any recording studio I was ever in, even into the early 90's. Over the years I had accumulated (4) UAD-1 cards just for the power and flexibility it gave my system. Then the UAD-2 platform came out, and I knew I needed to get a Quad! I wanted to keep pace with the new plug ins that became available. The increase in power allowed me to use an incredible number of my favorite plugins. To me, the most amazing thing about UAD, is the care and respect shown to long-time customers by creating the rebate plan,
Service department was incredibly helpful in solving my problems with my card. They replaced it immediately. I swear by my card. I can't live without it! It brings my mixes to life. It's like having 10 racks full of processing at you fingertips. How did we ever do without this?
Universal Audio ROCKS!!!!!
Wow, this things got some juice! I recently upgraded from XP to Windows 7.
I upgraded from 2 UAD-1 PCI cards to the UAD-2 DUO. I opened up some of my old mixes that were tapped out, and man, there's plenty of power to spare.
I didn't even bother installing the UAD-1 cards, there's plenty of power with just one UAD-2 DUO card.
Now I have to check out some of the new UAD plugins, can't wait!
I have Pro Tools HD 2 with last Pro Tools HD 10.2 software.
I've used and tried tons of DSP plugins (TDM) ad native plugins (Waves, McDsp, Heat, Avid, Soundtoys, Softube, etc.)
I was thinking that adding a UAD-2 to my system would be ... something you can live without: well, I was wrong !
UAD-2 Nevana adds a lot of realism to my mix and using Neve plugins seems using the real thing: you have the sense of using a real knob with a real reaction.
I'm still using TDM and native plugins: I was wrong in the sense that UA plugins add a lot (a very lot) of colors in your palette, and are something different in the sense that I think they're the "retina display" of your sound ! Luca from Bologna, Italy
Let's not pull any punches here. This is a little bad boy DSP processor. I replaced my 1E with it and it out pro-forms it. Sweet like candy. For the price it's the best way to get onto the platform. Expansion has been made so easy due to the fab drivers just keep adding cards. To keep it real, everyone who's anyone and no ones use these cards. It's a must.
In this age of powerful computers with Quad processors and a jillion cores in your CPU, why buy extra hardware cards to process audio?
That's the question I asked myself when I was considering buying UAD cards. But after researching all the possibilities, and going on the forums and seeing how good the support from the company was (very important to me!), I took the plunge.
I liked the results so much that I bought a second UAD-2 card. The sounds are just so darned good, and the processing cards lets my Mac use all its power for Logic and any native AU plugins I'm using.
The UAD plugins work as advertised, and any time I had questions the tech support was immediate. That's the second time I've mentioned support, because I feel it's SUPER important when dealing with high end cutting edge stuff like audio recording. And software updates are regular, free, and smush any bugs.
Basically, I feel very well taken care of and I feel like this company really understands musicians. Yeah, the stuff is a little pricey, but I'm happy to pay it since it works right the first time and every time. That alone is worth the price.
I'm so glad I spent the money on this instead of the Waves plugins -- so many problems with those and vastly overpriced. (I know some people run both, but I'm an a limited budget). On a limited budget, every dollar counts -- and my UAD dollars are very cost effective.
I don't mean to ignore the most important thing of all -- awesome sounds!
Added to my Flexi card. Now the power drain on the computer is almost as expected, in the ProTools LE world.
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I love UAD plugins from years..
the quad card is great..
so i used the "trade in" giving you back my 2 old uad 1..
i choose the pci express card because i use win 7 x64..
and at now there are no windows drivers for Satellite..
i wish in the future to have 1 apollo and 3 Satellite all Quad ..
i would like to have all the plugins licences.. but to much money for now..
Now i need some months collecting cash ..
and i'm plannig to buy:
Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder
Studer® A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
Roland® RE-201 Space Echo Tape Delay
Lexicon® 224 Digital Reverb
Cooper® Time Cube Mk II Delay
FATSO™ Jr./Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor
Maybe...Can I have one years demo Time?
Very good product, La2a compressor is very close to the hardware version, I could not live without my UAD anymore. Great pieces of studio gear, I hope some instruments will come one day also.
I'm using the octo card inside of a sonnet echo express thunderbolt chassis and it's running PERFECTLY! There's more than enough DSP on this thing for large sessions!
The plugins are top notch, and the company stands by them. What more could you want when jumping into an audio platform? Only bad would be lack of post specific tools.
To have an octo gives plenty of dsp with some of the finest plugins an audio engineer can find.
The older plugins from its earlier years are not my cup of tea, but the latest series are fenominal.
Hulst Audio Engineering
Now i have the power i need to make my music sound as i want
It's very said to think, that I thought, I was using real sounding plug-ins. I was a very happy UAD user since 2004.
Sometime in late 2000, I was introduced to W--e plug-ins where I was convinced to switch. At some point I sold my UAD1 card.
Periodically I would reflect back on the so real quality sounds that I got from the UAD1 card, finally I decided to revisit this company again.
After some research between many great option, I purchased the Octo Custom.
All I can say is that I am so very sorry to myself, for being so delusional about living without this UAD sound.
It's the truth and I am addicted, I will never ever leave again.
I am not getting anything for free by saying these things, I just appreciate quality and UAD is it.
Moved from two satellite quads to this and it was worth it. Better general stability and lower latency. I can mix big mixes without crashes and the DSP mysteriously disappearing! Firewire bandwidth was always a problem for me but not anymore!
Since I already had a UAD 2 duo, I was familiar with the superior sounds of the UAD plugs...Once UAD started upgrading and re writing the code for some my favorite plugs, I needed way more power. The sounds of the upgrades are FANTASTIC!!! I can honestly say on all of my mixes now, I'm using 75% to 90% UAD plugs.
It's pricey, I know. I waited for a sale and I got the custom version which saved me a few hundred. Also, UA has regular sales on their plug ins, so wait for those too. If you're new to UA like I am, and are thinking of getting a solo or duo, I'd say at least try and get a quad, but preferably the octo. Once you hear the sounds you're getting, you're going to want to use UA plug ins all the time on all of your channels. Some of the best plug ins use up the most processing power. With one octo card you're good to go unless you're a full-on pro producer always at 24-48 tracks or more. Then you might need a couple more of these. Blends right into the Cubase/Windows environment. They really are that good :)