Anaheim, CA (January 19, 2007)–Universal Audio unveiled its new UAD-Xpander, an ExpressCard DSP system for laptops, at the Winter NAMM Show today. The UAD-Xpander will be offered in three versions: the UAD-Xpander Xpress (Estimated street price $999 including a UAD$500 voucher), the UAD-Xpander Xpert (Estimated street price $1,399 including a UAD$1,000 voucher), and the UAD-Xpander Xtreme (Estimated street price $2,199 including all UAD plug-ins to v4.5 – almost $3,000 value).
The UAD-Xpander Xtreme will uniquely feature a highly polished chassis with custom Xpander logo. All UAD-Xpander’s are expected to ship Q1 2007.
“The UAD-Xpander is the worlds first ExpressCard-based audio product and offers the legions of laptop-based musicians, remixers & producers a state-of-the art solution to running the sonically superior UAD plug-ins on the road,” said Mike Barnes, VP of marketing for Universal Audio. “Now professional mobile mixing and mastering is a reality and the new ExpressCard bus means that laptop customers can enjoy the same power as the UAD desktop solutions. Our UAD-Xtenda PCIe to ExpressCard adapter also means you can even switch your UAD-Xpander between laptop and desktop PC’s.”
Key features include:
-44.1-192k Mac/PC DSP Audio Accelerator for laptops
-Noiseless, Fanless, Alumi-Cool chassis design
-Ultra-fast (2.5Gbps) ExpressCard 34 interface
-Includes 14 Powered Plug-ins & UAD$ voucher
-Travel-Case with compartments for all components
-Optional UAD-Xtenda kit with PCIe desktop adapter
“ExpressCard is the future for all DAW-class notebook PC’s including the MacBook Pro and many PC laptops, and provides PCI Express connectivity in a small form factor,” said Joe Bryan, VP of Technology at UA. “It naturally supercedes Cardbus just as PCI Express has evolved as a significant enhancement from PCI. The ExpressCard 34 module allows us to deploy our existing mature and very stable cross-platform drivers to the widest range of Mac/PC laptop customers, and with over 6x the bandwidth of FireWire S400, it offers headroom for future UAD developments. By using the ExpressCard port for high-performance DSP, we offload the lower-bandwidth FireWire ports so they can be used for critical audio IO and hard disc traffic. “