|"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. "
I smell marketing crud. Ok lets be serious about this one for a moment. There are a number of firewire based solutions out there, this really isn't much new. You are still limited to the UAD plugins which are not always the best answer, and truth be told most systems that have an expresscard slot all run dual core processors anyway with, combined with a decent amount of ram, can run a respectable number of plugins themselves, especially depending on the host process. Am I saying this is full of crud? Not really. But I do think these things overrate themselves. There are a few I would get more for the plugins contained in them than the processing power(SSL Duende comes to mind) but honestly I rarely find to many plugins as much of a problem as HD performance on a laptop, even running off externals. When you get to the point where you have the RAID array for decent track performance, and really actually need the extra processing power, you are most likely ready to work on a dedicated workstation then, and is money better spent at that point. If you are on a dedicated workstation, and need extra processing power like this, chances are you are using Firewire at that point anyways. At any rate, my main point is don't buy into marketing hype, and really look as to whether or not it is needed, or whether your problems might come from elsewhere, for most people these are a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. Seablade