Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate

Powerful 16-channel MADI effects processor with realtime UAD processing for live sound mixing with redundant power supplies and easy to use Live Rack software.


The Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate is a 16-channel MADI effects processor with realtime UAD DSP, designed specifically for live sound mixing.
The Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack Ultimate has at its core a UAD Quad Core processing, offering front of house live sound engineers some of the best analogue emulation plug-ins available, integrating perfectly with their system.
Live sound engineers need tools they can trust. The Live Rack boasts redundant internal power supplies to ensure the unit can continue to process audio even if one of the power supply stops working. For larger setups, up to four UAD-2 Live Racks can be cascaded for a total of 64 channels.
The included Live Rack software is very intuitive and helps engineers workflow with drag and drop, copy and paste, keyboard navigation, plug-in zoom and more. The Live Rack software also offers channel strip and snapshots storage and recall. MIDI snapshot recall capabilities are also available and users of certain types Soundcraft VI consoles will benefit from networked software integration.
The Live Rack Ultimate includes over 90 plug-ins developed by Universal Audio including emulations of:



Little Labs

Antares Auto-Tune Realtime 

API Audio

Cooper Time Cube


Empirical Labs


Solid State Logic (SSL)

Thermionic Culture


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Existing owners of UAD plug-ins can also use their collection with the UAD-2 Live Rack.

Universal Audio UAD-2 Live Rack Core Main Features:

Durable 1U Rack enclosure
4 SHARC DSPs on-board
Dual-redundant internal power supplies with failover detection
Each UAD‑2 Live Rack unit processes up to 16 channels of a MADI stream
Add additional units for 32, 48, or 64 MADI channels
Runs a huge library of UAD Powered Plug-Ins & UAD Direct Developer Plug-Ins
Dual-Thunderbolt 3 host connectivity
One set of MADI optical I/O (64 channels @ 48 kHz)
Word Clock I/O (BNC) and input termination
Sample Rate support from 44.1 kHz to 96 kHz
Clock Support for the following formats: Internal, MADI, Word Clock Software
Purpose-built UAD‑2 Live Rack application for inserting UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Networked integration with select Soundcraft Vi Series consoles – allows full remote snapshot triggering and storing
Create, store, and recall channel strip presets
Create, store, and recall snapshots
Up to eight UAD Powered Plug-Ins per-channel
Meter bridge always displays signal levels on all channels
Plug-ins are categorized by type for quick assignments
Large text and graphics for high visibility in live sound environments
SAFE Mode ensures destructive changes do not occur during a live scenario
Edit Mode ensures changes can be made as quickly as possible
Intuitive drag/drop functionality for copy/paste, navigation, and moving plug-ins between inserts and/or tracks
Most functions can be navigated and executed without a mouse (via computer keyboard)
Full screen application minimizes visual clutter
Delay compensation group channels for maintaining phase alignment (critical for drums)
Application and Snapshots can be configured without connected hardware for offline setup and/or sharing with other operators


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