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Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack Core - DSP Plugin Processor for Live Consoles

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UAD-2 Live Rack is a 16-channel MADI effects processor for live sound engineers to craft their mixes using Realtime UAD Processing and industry-leading UAD plug-ins — including Antares Auto-Tune Realtime — right out of the box. Up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units can be combined for up to 64 channel... Read More

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UAD-2 Live Rack is a 16-channel MADI effects processor for live sound engineers to craft their mixes using Realtime UAD Processing and industry-leading UAD plug-ins — including Antares Auto-Tune Realtime — right out of the box. Up to four UAD-2 Live Rack units can be combined for up to 64 channels of MADI signal processing.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing
With its Realtime UAD QUAD Core Processing, UAD-2 Live Rack lets engineers enhance their live mixes with the world’s best analog emulations, courtesy of Universal Audio’s acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins library. This sleek 1U rackmount processor comes with a generous suite of UAD plug-ins, including legendary 1176 and Teletronix LA-2A compressors, and Pultec EQs. And existing UAD plug-in users can readily use their licensed UAD plug-ins with UAD-2 Live Rack.*

Also included with UAD-2 Live Rack is the Antares Auto-Tune Realtime plug-in. Legendary for its vocal enhancing and creative applications, genuine Antares Auto-Tuning can be used in real time for pitch correction and modern pop vocal effects.

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.


  • 16-channel MADI effects processor for live mixing w/ Realtime UAD QUAD Core Processing and UAD plug-ins
  • Process with acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins while mixing live sound — including no latency pitch correction with Antares Auto-Tune Realtime
  • Includes a suite of UAD plug-ins including Antares Auto-Tune Realtime, Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and more
  • Allows use of any licensed UAD plug-in(s) in users’ UAD accounts*
  • Combine 4 units for up to 64 channels of Optical MADI signal processing
  • Store configuration Snapshot files for easy recall of all show settings
  • Load Snapshot configurations via MIDI or Soundcraft Vi CUE function
  • Connects to Soundcraft Vi consoles via Ethernet for Snapshot CUE control
  • Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for Macs (for plug-in control only)

Included Plugins:

  • Antares Auto-Tune Realtime
  • Pultec EQP-1A Legacy EQ
  • Pultec Pro Legacy EQ
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
  • UA RealVerb Pro
  • Precision Mix Rack Collection

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Product Specs

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS • UAD-2 Live Rack hardware unit
• Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt 3 port*
• MacOS 10.13 High Sierra
• Thunderbolt 3 cable for each UAD-2 Live Rack unit
• Six gigabytes available storage
* Thunderbolt 1 or 2 Mac can be used with appropriate adapters and cables.
• (2) single MADI Optical SC cables or (1) Duplex MADI Optical SC cable for each UAD-2 Live Rack unit
• MADI optical SC signal source & return (e.g., digital mixing console)
• Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
Note Cables and adapters are not included. Multi-unit setups cannot use duplex (paired) cables.
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
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
Operating Temperature Range 0° C to +45° C
Storage Temperature Range -40° C to +80° C
Operating Humidity Range 60% Maximum
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)
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
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

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