UAD-2 Live Rack Installation, Registration & Authorization

Below is an overview of the process of installing the UAD-2 Live Rack software, registering your UAD-2 Live Rack hardware, and authorizing your UAD plug‑ins. Our web pages will guide you through this process. To begin, visit:


  1. Connect and power UAD-2 Live Rack

    Before installing the UAD-2 Live Rack software, connect your UAD-2 Live Rack to a Thunderbolt 3 port on your Mac with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) cable. 

    Note: Not all USB-C cables support Thunderbolt 3. For details, see this article

  2. Download the UAD-2 Live Rack software

    Registration and authorization is managed by the UAD-2 Live Rack software. Visit to get the latest UAD-2 Live Rack software installer.

  3. Install the UAD-2 Live Rack software

    Open the UAD-2 Live Rack software installer after the download is complete. The installer will guide you through the installation process. Be sure to restart the computer when prompted. 

    Note: If the "Firmware Update" prompt appears, click Load and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the firmware update process.

  4. Register your UAD-2 Live Rack hardware

    After restarting via the installer, follow these instructions:

    1. Open the UAD Meter & Control Panel application
    2. Click the blue “UAD-2” button in the UAD Meter
    3. Click the “Authorize Plug-Ins...” button in the Plug-Ins panel

    Your web browser will connect to our servers. Follow the web page instructions to complete your UAD-2 Live Rack registration and claim the bundled UAD plug-ins.

  5. Authorize your UAD-2 Live Rack

    After registration is complete, authorize your UAD-2 Live Rack by clicking the Authorize Plug-Ins button on the Plug-Ins panel in the UAD Meter & Control Panel.


    Once authorization is complete the system is ready for use. 

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