How do I install UAD Instruments?

This article explains how to download, install, and activate UAD Instruments that have been purchased from the UAD store. See below for system requirements and installation instructions.

What are UAD Instruments?

UAD Instruments such as Waterfall B3 Organ, Moog Minimoog, Ravel, and Opal Morphing Synthesizer are UADx plug-ins that run natively on your computer’s CPU. UAD-2 hardware is not required to run these instruments in your DAW.


IMPORTANT: UAD Instruments are not installed as part of the UAD Software. They are downloaded and installed via a separate application, UA Connect.


macOS & Windows System Requirements

  • Intel, AMD or Apple silicon processor.
  • Operating systems: macOS: 10.15 Catalina, 11 Big Sur, 12 Monterey, or 13 Ventura; Windows 10 or Windows 11
  • Ravel Grand Piano has specific storage requirements. See Installing sample-based UADx instrument content for more information.

Install UA Connect and log in

For macOS Systems:

  • After downloading UA Connect, double-click the Disk Image (.dmg) file.
  • When the disk image window appears, drag the UA Connect icon to the Applications folder.image7.png

For Windows Systems:

  • After you downloading UA Connect, double-click the installer (.exe) file and follow the prompts.
  • If you receive a Windows Security Alert prompting you to allow access for “uacloudhelper.exe” to pass through Windows Defender Firewall, click “Allow access”.


  • When opening UA Connect for the first time, you will be prompted to log in with your account. Type in your email address and password and click Log In.


Create or link your iLok account

An iLok account is required to manage software licenses for UAD instruments and UADx plug-ins. If you have an iLok account, you can link it in this step. If you do not have an iLok account, a free account is created for you in this step. 

  • From the UA Connect home screen, click Redeem My Plug-Ins.

  • If the system does not recognize that you have an iLok account, you are prompted to create a new iLok account using your email address as the iLok User ID. Click Create iLok Account, and the iLok account is created for you. The login email from your UA account is used to set up your iLok account.

    Note: This iLok account is created without a password. If you need to log in to your iLok account in the future, go to, click Sign In, and click the Forgot your User ID or password link.

  • If you already have an iLok account, but it is not yet linked to your UA account, click Link to different iLok User ID, then enter your iLok User ID.image2.png

Note: If you use LUNA then you already have an iLok User ID that is linked to your UA account. On the screen that prompts you to link your iLok account, your iLok User ID should already be populated. Click the Link Account button.


Install and activate your UAD instrument plug-ins

After linking an iLok account, your UAD Instruments and UADx plug-ins will automatically be activated to an iLok Cloud session and be available for download immediately.

Click the Download All button to download and install all plug-ins, or hit the download button next to individual plug-ins.


UA Connect activates your UAD instrument licenses in iLok Cloud automatically. However, if your licenses are not activated for whatever reason, you can click on any
Activate License button to activate all UADx plug-ins manually.image6.png

Once installed, your UAD instrument can be loaded in any DAW that can host AU, VST3, or AAX plug-ins.

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