While today’s digital mixers are packed with FX tools, many of the included EQs and compressors are of the bread-and-butter variety. Universal Audio obviously sees a niche market here and is introducing UAD-2 Live Rack — a powerhouse of an FX processor designed for live applications.
The MADI-connected unit has 16-channel processing, letting engineers use UAD effects with MADI-connected digital consoles. Fashioned in rack format, its purpose is to integrate the full library of UAD plug-ins into a live show setup. Up to four Live Racks can be combined, handling a total of 64 MADI channels. The unit comes equipped with dual-redundant power supplies, meaning processing will continue if one of them fails.
The Live Rack is powered by four UAD-2 DSP SHARC processors which can run UAD’s massive library of plug-ins at sub-2 milliseconds latency, claims the manufacturer. The hardware unit is integrated with a software application of the same name, which provides an intuitive user interface for chaining plug-ins and recalling presets or complete setups.
Price & availability
UAD is selling the Live Rack in two configurations — Core and Ultimate. The difference is, predictably, in the number of plug-ins bundled with the unit. Live Rack Ultimate features over 90 UAD plug-ins, including processors based on gear by SSL, Studer, Neve, and other iconic brands. Core has an unspecified smaller arsenal of effects, which still includes a number of vintage classics.
Shipping in June, the Core bundle will cost USD 3000 and the Ultimate bundle will be USD 6000.