UAD 1, is it easy to max out??

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Sanity Inn, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    Hey UAD 1 users...

    i just picked up the UAD 1 so i can get the Dreamverb free by Oct, 23...

    After noticing the site saying use 2 or 3 cards and others on here,,, I saw the box desciption for allowed plug ins before CPU is maxed..

    so the question is...

    how many of you have maxed out the CPU on the UAD 1 , with how many tracks running? basic ideas , i undestand some plugins use more and stereo too

    do you find yourself already wanting a 2nd card ???

    i'm trying to get a sense of what i will be able to do with a complete mix and ONE UAD 1 card]

    would you mix down a track or two to free up final mixing CPU ?

    Thanks for the input,,

    Sanity ..
  2. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Yeah, I am ready for my second card. Loading up 2 DreamVerbs takes almost 50% of the card! Add in a couple of compressors and 5-6 Cambridge EQ's, and you are pushing 80% (or more!).
  3. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    Thanx a lot for answer

    let me get this right , when you say loaded 2 Dreamverbs, you mean only t wo tracks can use it at a time, or bus?

    hell if a mix had 16 tracks , we'd need more cards then PCI slots???

    hook, lined, sinkered lol

    oh well, still would like more info

  4. i'm sure Doublehelix is talking about a bus when it comes to the reverbs.
    i plan on getting a powercore or uad1 in the up comming weeks.. i just don't know which is better for me..
  5. chrisperra

    chrisperra Active Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    for me the uad-1 is fine. the dreamverb uses up 20%, the la2a, 4% and the cambridge 4% if you're smart with grouping you can get tons done. if you have something with a freeze function the sky's the limit.

    chris perra
  6. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Yeah, sorry for the delay in responding...I meant on a send bus. I use one DreamVerb setting for vocals, and then another for guitars (sometimes drums). These are set up in a send bus that I can route any number of tracks to. These 2 reverbs take up about 48% of the card.

    If you add in a few 1176's and numerous Cambridge EQ's, you are getting close to maxing out the card.

    A single card is still extremly useful, I just want more...more...MORE!!! :)
  7. MisterBlue

    MisterBlue Member

    Mar 15, 2003
    Yes, the UAD is quickly maxed out. I noticed that the first day I used mine and was a bit disappointed. Mainly because I had a TC Powercore first which has oodles of power and then some. I can run 8 ClassicVerbs on it (not that I need that much ... :roll: ).

    On the question TC vs. UAD:
    If you are looking for a really good reverb go for the TC Powercore. The ClassicVerb is IMHO the best reverb in software so far (maybe except for the Impulse Response ones that are real power hogs).
    If you are more interested in the compressor emulations or potentially the Nigel Amp-Sim go for the UAD (or two or them).

    If you have the extra cash get one of each (maybe used?). Stay away from the Firewire Powercore for now, it's not quite stable according to what I heard. The PCI version is solid as a rock.

  8. Sanity Inn

    Sanity Inn Guest

    Thanks for the info guys

    I'll be working on my own projects for now , so hopefully one card will do,,

    yes, a 2nd card used looks good too, but , after checking with UAD on it, the cards themselves can be transfered, but not plugins like Dreamverb and Cambridge,,

    unless ofcourse you have the licence yourself,,

    again thanks,,

    maybe you can help on another front, i posted my almost final decision on DAw in computer forum, let me know what you think , hoping to order in a day or two

    Sanity Inn


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