Universal Audio offers award-winning plug-ins that won’t drain your CPU.

FOR: Plug-in fanatics. From its early origins in studio innovation, Universal Audio has continued to develop state-of-the-art tools for recording studios and engineers. The UAD-2 QUAD AC builds upon the success of the UAD-1 to deliver self-powered “analog classic” plug-ins at a fraction of the cost of their vintage counterparts. The QUAD is UA’s most powerful card, and features four SHARC processors to keep your mix from coming to a plug-in-driven grinding halt. The QUAD AC ships with the LA-2A, 1176, Realverb Pro and Pultec EQP-1A bundle, and you can top that off with any of UA’s plugs. We found the authorization process for upgrading from UAD-1 to the UAD-2 refreshingly easy, and the instance count is nothing short of massive. The bundled ATA software did an excellent job of addressing the latency issues associated with Pro Tools LE systems.

NOT FOR: Laptops.

– Doug Doppler

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