(Mac) UAD Firmware Updates

About UAD Firmware Updates

Important: A complete power down (external UAD devices) or computer restart (UAD-2 PCIe cards in INTERNAL PCIe slots) is critical to complete any firmware change.

Important: Do not interrupt system power during any firmware change routines.

  • Firmware updates for UAD hardware devices may be contained within the UAD software to enhance system functionality.
  • The UAD software prompts to update the firmware automatically if newer firmware is available. For optimum results, always update the firmware when prompted by the software.
  • The UAD firmware and software is a matched set. The matched firmware files are always installed with every UAD version (even if there are no changes to the firmware).
  • UA may request the currently installed firmware version when offering technical support. The currently installed firmware is the "DSP Framework version" number in the UAD Detailed System Profile. The UAD Detailed System Profile is generated in the System Info panel within the UAD Meter & Control Panel application.
  • Important: If installing older UAD software over newer UAD software, read the section about firmware downgrades below.

 

How to update UAD firmware

1. To initiate a firmware update, click the "Load" button in the Firmware Update dialog when the window is presented by the software.

 2. The "firmware is updating..." window appears while the firmware is being installed onto the UAD device.

3. After the firmware is installed, the "Power Off UAD Device" window (external UAD-2 and Apollo devices) or "Restart Computer" window (internal UAD-2 PCIe cards and UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop) appears.

4. Follow the instructions in the window:

- If the device is internal (UAD-2 PCIe card, UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop), restart the computer.

- If the device is external (Apollo DUO/QUAD, Apollo 16, Apollo Twin, UAD-2 Satellite, or UAD-2 PCIe card in external chassis), power off the external UAD device with the power switch.

5. After restarting (internal) or powering on (external) the firmware update is complete.

Manual UAD Firmware Downgrades

Please read the important information below if installing an older UAD software version on a system that has a newer UAD software version installed.

Note: Manual firmware downgrades are not required when using UAD v8 or later. The UAD software will automatically detect the newer firmware on the device and prompt for a firmware downgrade.

  • The UAD firmware and software is a matched set. If older software is used with newer firmware, unexpected and/or undesirable behavior could result.
  • Older UAD software cannot know if newer UAD firmware is installed. In this scenario, the older UAD software does NOT automatically prompt for older firmware, so the software/firmware could be mismatched.
  • Therefore, if installing older UAD v7 or earlier software over newer UAD software, the firmware MUST be manually downgraded using the procedure below.

How to downgrade UAD v7 and lower firmware

1. Uninstall the currently installed UAD software by following the directions in the Mac Uninstall / Reinstall article.

2. Install the older UAD software (available from the UAD Software Archives page).

3. In the Mac OS X Finder, navigate to this folder to see the firmware files:

/Library/Application Support/Universal Audio/Firmware/UAD-2/

4. Using the table below to determine which firmware file to use for your specific device, drag the firmware file (with the .bin suffix) for your device onto the UAD Meter & Control Panel application icon in the OS X Dock.

5. Click the "Load" button in the Firmware Downgrade dialog when the window is presented by the software.

 6. The "firmware is updating..." window appears while the firmware is being installed onto the UAD device.

7. After the firmware is installed, the "Power Off UAD Device" window (external UAD-2 and Apollo devices) or "Restart Computer" window (internal UAD-2 PCIe cards and UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop) appears.

 8. Follow the instructions in the window:

- If the device is internal (UAD-2 PCIe card, UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop), restart the computer.

- If the device is external (Apollo DUO/QUAD, Apollo 16, Apollo Twin, UAD-2 Satellite, or UAD-2 PCIe card in external chassis), power off the external UAD device with the power switch.

9. After restarting (internal) or powering on (external) the firmware update is complete.

UAD-2 Firmware Files

 

Each UAD-2 device has a unique firmware binary (.bin) file. The table below lists each unique firmware filename and its associated device. The firmware files location is:
/Library/Application Support/Universal Audio/Firmware/UAD-2/

Note: The UAD software won't allow the incorrect device firmware file to be loaded onto the device.

UAD-2 Device

Firmware Filename

Apollo DUO silver (FireWire)

FirmwareUpdateDuoDescFirewire.bin

Apollo DUO silver (Thunderbolt)

FirmwareUpdateDuoDesc.bin

Apollo QUAD silver (FireWire)

FirmwareUpdateQuadDescFirewire.bin

Apollo QUAD silver (Thunderbolt)

FirmwareUpdateQuadDesc.bin

Apollo FireWire silver (FireWire)

FirmwareUpdateQuadDescFirewire.bin

Apollo FireWire silver (Thunderbolt)

FirmwareUpdateQuadDesc.bin

Apollo 8 DUO (next gen)

FirmwareUpdateDuoDescBlack.bin

Apollo 8 QUAD (next gen)

FirmwareUpdateQuadDescBlack.bin

Apollo 8p (next gen)

FirmwareUpdatePeyton.bin

Apollo 16 silver (FireWire)

FirmwareUpdateA16Firewire.bin

Apollo 16 silver (Thunderbolt)

FirmwareUpdateA16.bin

Apollo 16 MkII (next gen)

FirmwareUpdateA16Black.bin

Apollo Twin SOLO (silver)

FirmwareUpdateSoloArmstrong.bin

Apollo Twin DUO  (silver)

FirmwareUpdateDuoArmstrong.bin

Apollo Twin MkII SOLO

FirmwareUpdateSoloStretch.bin

Apollo Twin MkII DUO

FirmwareUpdateDuoStretch.bin

Apollo Twin MkII QUAD

FirmwareUpdateQuadStretch.bin

Apollo Twin USB

FirmwareUpdateTwinUSB.bin

UAD-2 PCIe SOLO

FirmwareUpdateHH.bin

UAD-2 PCIe DUO

FirmwareUpdateDuo.bin

UAD-2 PCIe QUAD

FirmwareUpdateQuad.bin

UAD-2 PCIe OCTO

FirmwareUpdateOcto.bin

UAD-2 Satellite FireWire DUO

FirmwareUpdateDuoSat.bin

UAD-2 Satellite FireWire QUAD

FirmwareUpdateQuadSat.bin

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD

FirmwareUpdateQuadThatt.bin

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO

FirmwareUpdateOctoThatt.bin

UAD-2 Satellite USB QUAD

FirmwareUpdateQuadSatUSB.bin

UAD-2 Satellite USB OCTO

FirmwareUpdateOctoSatUSB.bin

UAD-2 SOLO/LAPTOP

FirmwareUpdateNano.bin

Soundcraft Realtime Rack

FirmwareUpdateM64.bin

 

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