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Universal Audio UAD-1E $99 CHEAP [Apr. 9th, 2009|02:36 am]
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UAD-1e Express Pack at AudioMidi.com for $99

Apparently Audiomidi isn’t the only place with this deal, but it’s an insane price. It lists at $499, and Audiomidi regularly has them at $299. At that price, you can buy more than one, and the drivers support up to 4 in one system.

This is a SHARC based hardware accelerator for running VST audio plugins. I tested both a UAD-1 PCI and a TCI Powercore for Grooves Magazine years ago and thought the UAD-1 was killer.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.

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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-04-09 03:12 am (UTC)
Wow, that's quite a deal.
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From: keph
2009-04-09 04:10 am (UTC)
it comes with a $100 voucher so it is in effect, free. I think they are doing this because they have excess left and hope that it will promote add on software sales.
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From: keph
2009-04-09 04:11 am (UTC)
obviously not really free, but you know what I mean. i am pretty tempted myself.
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-04-09 04:43 am (UTC)
They always came with the voucher, it's their "first taste is free" for the expensive plugins they'd like you to buy. Fortunately, if I jump on this, I get near-free or free authorizations for any of the plugins I want. Seriously considering it, given that!
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[User Picture]From: optic
2009-04-09 07:13 am (UTC)
what's the story with the plugins that come with the thing? because I ain't buyin any pricey additional plugins.
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-04-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the 1176, Pultec EQ, and Channel Strip would be useful, especially @ $99. Still, the stuff I remember really digging from trade shows (the Space echo, CE-1, Neve Channel Strip, Helios EQ, Plate Verb) are all paid plugins.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-04-09 03:40 pm (UTC)
The reverb that comes with it is excellent as well, and since every time I make a track there's at least one reverb on a send, it might as well be this one.

The mastering plugins I'd love to have, though getting the LA2A plus plugins I already use are acceptable for now.

The Roland-labeled plugins are curiously expensive; no doubt Roland is taking a cut in return for using their name. The Space Echo would be nice, but since I own a nice analog rack delay, and AudioDamage Dubstation, it's optional.

Plus there's a really decent Reaktor Roland Space Echo clone. How many variations on a theme does someone need?
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-04-10 07:09 pm (UTC)
Well, I just pulled the trigger. Now to bug my buddies at UA ;0)
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-04-10 07:23 pm (UTC)
yeah and sort your LJ friends out in the process too!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-04-09 07:24 pm (UTC)
Just to clarify, the UAD-1e does not use a Sharc. It is only the new UAD2's that use the SHARC based processor. It's actually a funny story on the UAD-1 chips, from what I've heard they were originally designed for video number crunching (and I believe famed synth designer Tom Oberheim had a hand in the chip design). The company went belly up and UA identified that it could be used for audio and made the UAD1 from these chips. The UAD2 does use the SHARC but you can use a UAD2 and UAD1 card in the same system. I believe UA had some UAD1 chips left over and just decied to blow them out. Personally I don't think the plug-ins are overly expensive and UA is always running some sort of promo on myuadio.com. We don't sell the plug-ins, just the cards. The Neve plugs are excellent and the Roland 210 Space Echo is prolly my favorite overall, the Plate Reverb is amazing as well. I think a few other resellers will have the same deal soon but we got our first batch in today and they are all already shipping out.

doug
audioMIDI.com
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[User Picture]From: bdu
2009-04-10 07:08 pm (UTC)
IIRC the chips in the UAD-1 are actually aureal processors that were designed and purchased but not shipped by the time aureal got screwed in the Creative deal. One of the engineers from aureal landed @ UA, and had the wacky idea for the UAD stuff (since they could be acquired so cheaply, and the rest is history.

The UAD-2 uses Sharcs to get modern DSP horsepower into the lineup, but I'd sure have hated to be the guys doing *those* ports.
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[User Picture]From: chaircrusher
2009-04-10 07:23 pm (UTC)
As many plugins as UAudio has now, I imagine the DSP code was written in a high level language, so porting meant porting that language to the new architecture, not recoding miles of assembly language. But I have no idea how different the Sharc and the Aureal chips are, or how much in-line assembly code was in the original plugs.
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