Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack Core 16-Channel MADI Effects Processor with UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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  • Product Highlights
  • 1U Fan-Free Design
  • Up to 64 MADI Channels
  • Basic Suite of UAD Plug-Ins
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Use any Licensed UAD Plug-In
Model Core Ultimate

UAD Plug-In Bundle, with 8 Plug-Ins, and MADI DSP Accelerator


UAD-2 Live Rack is a 16-channel Multichannel Audio Digital Interface (MADI) effects processor for crafting live mixes with Realtime
UAD Processing and industry-leading UAD Powered Plug-Ins. Up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units can be combined for 64 channels of optical MADI signal processing. The system is controlled with a Mac computer via Thunderbolt and the Live Rack application, which is specifically designed for fast, easy, and safe operation during live shows. The Live Rack app is also optimized for touch control with a Mac-compatible touchscreen display.


Each UAD-2 Live Rack unit has four SHARC DSP cores for UAD plug-in processing. The system is available in two bundled plug-in configurations: UAD-2 Live Rack Core includes a generous suite of UAD plug-ins right out of the box, including the Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and more. UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate includes over 90 UAD plug-ins, with exclusive titles from SSL, Studer, SSL, Neve,Manley, Lexicon, API, Fender, Moog, and many more. Both configurations include the Antares Auto-Tune Realtime plug-in, and existing UAD users can
use their licensed UAD plug-ins with
UAD-2 Live Rack.*

UAD-2 Live Rack is a robust 16-channel MADI effects processor that allows live sound engineers to craft studio-quality mixes using Realtime UAD Processing and industry-leading UAD plug-ins - including Antares Auto-Tune Realtime - right out of the box.

Built to withstand the rigors of live sound, users can chain up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units for up to 64 channels of MADI signal processing.


    Mix studio-quality live sound with included UAD plug-ins like Antares Auto-Tune Realtime, genuine Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and more
    Use the Live Rack App for effects tweaking, saving, and recall - complete with drag and drop, copy and paste, plug-in zoom, channel strip presets, and more
    Connect up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units for 64 channels of MADI signal processing
    Mix faster with MIDI snapshot recall and seamless integration with select Soundcraft Vi consoles

Live Rack Application

With the Live Rack application, front-of-house engineers can take advantage of intuitive features such as drag and drop, copy and paste, keyboard navigation, plug-in zoom, and the ability to store and recall channel strip presets and/or complete setup configuration Snapshots. Designed for seamless operation in a live setting, the Live Rack app features large text and GUI elements making it easy to quickly tweak parameters. The Live Rack app also features MIDI snapshot recall capabilities as well as networked software integration with select Soundcraft Vi consoles.

Fail-Safe Features

UAD-2 Live Rack includes professional, fail-safe features for reliable live sound use. Redundant internal power supplies ensure that UAD-2 Live Rack will continue to process audio if one power supply fails. If the Live Rack application or computer fails, or its Thunderbolt cable is disconnected, UAD-2 Live Rack will still process audio with the last known plug-in state intact. And with the Live Rack app in Safe mode, destructive setting changes are prevented during a live show.

Antares Auto-Tune Realtime:

The ultimate low-latency tuning solution, optimized for instant live vocal tracking in the studio or on stage. From subtly tweaking a singer's intonation to transforming a vocal into varying degrees of robot-speak, Auto-Tune is a powerful tool for a modern music producer's toolkit.

Pultec Pro Equalizers (Legacy):

Mix with two of the most sought-after hardware EQs ever made - the MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Both of these tube-based icons deliver smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

1176SE/LN Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy):

Get classic, ultra-fast FET compression from the world's most recognized compressor. The 1176 will impart punch, presence, and character as well as its signature distortion overtones on drums, vocals, guitars, and bass. The 1176LN has graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes and Michael Jackson.

Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy):

With its gentle, program dependent optical compression and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world - especially for vocals. Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls gives you the ideal optical compression sound for guitar, bass, drums, and more.

RealVerb Pro:

RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb based on UA's own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond simply big/small or dark/bright, giving your sources distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.

Precision Mix Rack Collection:

Featuring the Precision Channel Strip, Precision Reflection Engine, and Precision Delay Modulation plug-ins, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers four modern, high-fidelity plug-ins for recording and mixing. Powerful and intuitive, Precision Mix Rack Collection gives you an impressive tool set - perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.
  • Mix live sound with acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins at near-zero latency
  • Process up to 16 optical MADI channels per unit; combine up to four units for up to 64 MADI channels
  • Includes Antares Auto-Tune Realtime plug-in for live pitch correction
  • Dual-redundant internal power supplies with fail-over detection
  • 1U rackmount form factor with fan-free design
  • Store configuration Snapshot files for easy recall of all show settings
  • Load Snapshot configurations via MIDI or Soundcraft Vi CUE function
  • Includes a basic suite of UAD plug-ins (Core bundle) or an extensive suite of over
  • 90 UAD plug-ins (Ultimate bundle)
  • Allows use of any licensed UAD plug-in(s) in user's UAD account*
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports for Mac and peripheral connectivity (Thunderbolt 1 & 2 compatible)
  • SYSTEM I/O: Thunderbolt 3: Two ports (Thunderbolt 1 & 2 compatible)
    Word Clock: One input, one output
    MADI Optical Ports: One input, one output
    Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 (one or two units) 44.1, 48 (up to four units)
    Bit Depth: 24 bits per sample
    System Throughput Latency: 73 samples @ 48 kHz
  • DIGITAL I/O: MADI Connector Type: MADI - Dual Optical SC-Plug (ISO/IEC 9314-3)
    MADI Format: AES10 (64 channels)
    MADI Modes @ Sample Rates of 88.2/96 kHz: Standard, Legacy
    Word Clock Connector Type: BNC
    Word Clock Lock Range: ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    Word Clock Input Termination: 75 Ohms, switchable
    Synchronization Sources: Internal, Word Clock, MADI
  • ENVIRONMENTAL: Operating Temperature Range: 0° C to +45° C
    Storage Temperature Range: -40° C to +80° C
    Operating Humidity Range: 60% Maximum
  • ELECTRICAL: Power Supplies: Dual-redundant internal power supply units with automatic failover detection
    AC Connector Type (2): IEC with integrated power switch
    AC Requirements: 100V - 240V AC, 50 - 60 Hz, 0.3A
    Maximum Power Consumption: 30 Watts (45 Watts when bus powering external Thunderbolt peripherals)
  • MECHANICAL: Chassis Dimension (W x D x H): 431.8 mm (17") x 304.8 mm (12") x 33.8 mm (1.3")
    Height: 1U (rack-mount)
    Shipping Weight (with box & accessories): 6.3 kg (14 lbs)
    Weight (unit only): 4.1 kg (9 lbs)
    Package contents: UAD-2 Live Rack hardware unit
    (2) IEC AC Power Cables
    (1 each, Europe & USA)
    Getting Started URL card
    Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
  • COMPATIBILITY: Qualified Apple Mac Computers: Latest 13" MacBook Air, Latest 13" & 15'' MacBook Pro
    Qualified MADI Fiber Optic Cables: Alva Suplex and Alva Duplex
    MIDI Control (Snapshot Recall & Tempo): Any source in Audio MIDI Setup.app (device may require MIDI driver)
    Soundcraft Vi CUE Functionality: Snapshot Store and Recall via Ethernet (requires Ethernet adapter and cable)
    MADI Coaxial Format: Requires additional MADI Coaxial to Optical adapter and BNC cabling
    Acer T232HL Touch Screen for single-touch control: Requires both monitor (DVI/HDMI) and USB connections to Mac
  • Antares Auto-Tune Realtime
  • Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • Precision Mix Rack Collection
  • RealVerb-Pro
  • Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
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