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UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt.
Get the rich analog sound of UAD plug-ins
over Thunderbolt.

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library,

including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. With improved performance and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt makes the perfect introduction to UAD plug-ins, or ideal DSP expander for Apollo audio interfaces.

UA Partners
Key Features
  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connection on newer Macs
  • 4 (QUAD) or 8 (OCTO) SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes
  • Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Marshall, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more
  • Includes Analog Classics Plus bundle featuring Legacy editions of LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176 Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins, plus 610-B Tube Preamp, and more
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
  • Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on Thunderbolt-equipped Macs
  • Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including additional UAD-2 PCIe card(s) and Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo interfaces
  • Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for convenient daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals
  • Also available in Custom, and Ultimate software packages, featuring a range of additional plug-ins
UAD: The Industry’s Most Respected
Collection of Audio Plug-Ins

From serious home recordists to multi-platinum mix engineers, UAD Powered Plug-Ins are integral tools for audio professionals. The reason is simple. No other plug-ins faithfully capture the sound and behavior of classic analog equipment — whether it's boutique compressors and EQs, or vintage reverbs and tape machines.

The UAD library features over 90 plug-ins, co-developed with the biggest brands in audio. These plug-ins can be purchased with UAD-2 hardware from retailers as part of bundled packages, or à la carte from UA’s Online Store.

Expandable Processing Power, from QUAD to OCTO

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt is available in QUAD or OCTO models with either four or eight SHARC processors, respectively. It can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator cards and Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo interfaces, including Apollo Twin, DUO, QUAD, and 16 for truly scalable mixing power.

Available as Core, Custom, and Ultimate Software Packages
The Core package includes the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, while Custom includes the Analog Classics Plus bundle, and a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The OCTO Ultimate is UA’s flagship package, and includes all 79 UA-developed plug-ins up to and including UAD software v7.8.
UAD Plug-In Craftsmanship: The Science Behind the Scenes
In developing UAD plug-ins, UA’s engineering group undertakes a thorough physical modeling of classic audio hardware — “rebuilding” vintage analog gear in the digital world, component by component. That’s how UAD plug-ins replicate the exact, sometimes quirky, behavior of analog hardware — bringing its rich, three-dimensional sound and harmonics "in the box."
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UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt.
Compare Packages.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
4 x SHARC processor
Professional Users
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
QUAD Custom
4 x SHARC processor
Professional Users
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
8 x SHARC processor
Professional Power Users
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
OCTO Custom
8 x SHARC processor
Professional Power Users
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
OCTO Ultimate
8 x SHARC processor
Professional Power Users

* The QUAD/OCTO Custom packages include the Analog Classics Plus bundle, plus they let you pick any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration.

Interested in running UAD-2 plug-ins over PCIe? Compare UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerators here.

Analog Classics Plus Bundle


Featuring a solid lineup of classic compressors like the Legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins, plus EQs like the Legacy Pultec EQP-1A and Pultec Pro, the Analog Classics Plus bundle is a well-rounded mixing toolkit. Innovative new plug-ins like the 610-B Tube Preamp offer authentic tube tone, while the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in allows shaping your overall mixes. The Analog Classics Plus Bundle is included with the UAD-2 QUAD/OCTO PCIe cards, the UAD-2 Satellite QUAD, and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD/OCTO.
UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ
UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ
The 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in will impart your tracks with the same legendary warmth and character of the classic hardware unit used to track everyone from Duke Ellington to Coldplay. By emulating the entire signal path, including tube amplifiers, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities, the 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in injects glowing detail and saturation to any signal.

Fairchild 670 (Legacy)
Fairchild 670 (Legacy)
The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in will add a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.
UA Precision Enhancer Hz
UA Precision Enhancer Hz
Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.
1176SE/LN Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)
Get classic, ultra-fast FET compression from the world’s most recognized compressor. The 1176 will impart punch, presence, and character as well as its signature distortion overtones on drums, vocals, guitars, and bass. The 1176SE and its later LN version have graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, the White Stripes, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Pultec Pro Equalizers (Legacy)
Pultec Pro Equalizers (Legacy)
Universal Audio’s Pultec Pro Legacy plug-in combines the Pultec MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, two of the most sought-after hardware EQs, into a single plug-in. The MEQ-5 EQ section allows you to boost and cut midrange bands with the same silky smoothness and personality of the original hardware while the EQP-1A imparts warm analog character to a single track or an entire mix — even when bypassed.
Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
With its gentle, program dependent optical compression and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world — especially for vocals. Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls gives you the ideal optical compression sound for vocals, bass, drums and more.
Precision Mix Rack Collection
Precision Mix Rack Collection
Featuring the Precision Channel Strip, Precision Reflection Engine, and Precision Delay Modulation plug-ins, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers four modern, high-fidelity plug-ins for recording and mixing. Powerful and intuitive, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers up an impressive tool set — perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.
RealVerb Pro
RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb that is based on our own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond the barriers of simply big/small or dark/bright, giving you our trademark, distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.
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UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt.
Basics and FAQ.
What are the advantages of using Thunderbolt as opposed to FireWire?

Thunderbolt supports the PCIe protocol, which means you can run more plug-ins with lower latency inside the DAW compared to FireWire. Generally, Thunderbolt has 12 times the bandwidth FireWire 800 and 20 times that of USB-2.

FireWire Limits you to 55 stereo UAD plug-in instances at 44.1kHz and 512 minimum sample buffer. With Thunderbolt, the plug-in buffer is as low as the DAW buffer, and hundreds of plug-in instances can be run (depending on available DSP power).

I already own an Apollo or Apollo 16, can I add UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt to that system?

Yes. However, a Thunderbolt Option Card or Thunderbolt 2 Option Card for Apollo/Apollo 16 is required for compatibility, as well as UAD-2 software compatible with UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt.

I already own a UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, can I add UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt to that system?

Yes. However, make sure you are running current UAD-2 software compatible with UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt. Also, depending on your system, you may need the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter for the UAD-2 Satellite FireWire connection.

I already own a UAD-2 PCIe system, can I add UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt to that system?

If you're using a Thunderbolt equipped mac, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt is fully compatible with PCIe UAD-2 cards within a qualified Thunderbolt chassis ( If you have a Mac Pro with PCIe slots, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt cannot be used because a Thunderbolt port is required.

Can I use multiple UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt units together in the same system?

Yes. Connecting up to four UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt units together in a single system is a supported configuration.

Does the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt supply bus power?

Yes. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt can supply bus power to downstream devices. Note that UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt itself cannot be bus powered by Thunderbolt (the included power supply is required for operation).

Can UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt be bus powered?

No, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt requires use of the included external power supply.

What is the difference between Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2?

Thunderbolt 1 and 2 have the same total bandwidth (20 Gbps). Thunderbolt 1 is divided into two 10 Gbps channels, whereas Thunderbolt 2 contains a single 20 Gbps channel.

What are the advantages of Thunderbolt 2 over Thunderbolt 1?

A 4K display at 60 Hz refresh rate requires more bandwidth than a single Thunderbolt 1 channel can provide. If you wish to use a 4K display at a refresh rate higher than 30 Hz, , the Mac and all devices before the 4K display must be Thunderbolt 2. All Currently shipping Thunderbolt 2 macs have two ports, so any Thunderbolt 1 devices can be placed on a different port than a 4K display.

What computers support Thunderbolt 2?

Currently, only the Mac Pro (Late 2013) and Retina MacBook Pro (Late 2013 and Mid 2014) have Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Is UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt compatible with my Thunderbolt 1 Mac?

Yes! With Thunderbolt 1 computers, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt will perform as a Thunderbolt 1 device.

What happens if I daisy chain Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 devices together?

Adding a Thunderbolt 1 device to a Thunderbolt 2 chain will down-shift subsequent devices to Thunderbolt 1 protocol (10 Gbps) This only affects 4K displays and larger-than-normal data throughput (like on large RAID hard drive arrays). UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt can daisy chain with up to six Thunderbolt 1 and/or Thunderbolt 2 devices.

What UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt hardware / software packages are available, and what do they include?

Click here to compare Satellite DSP Accelerator packages

How many plug-ins can I run on UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt?

There are a lot of variables that determine instance count including sample rate, number of total UAD-2 devices, number or DSPs (QUAD or OCTO). For a complete breakdown of UAD Powered Plug-Ins instance counts, check out the UAD Instance Chart.

I understand that the processing of the UAD plug-ins is done on UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt. Does that mean I can’t use the freeze features of my DAW?

You absolutely CAN use freeze on your DAW with UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt; just hit the freeze button and the audio channel gets processed faster than real-time, just like any other AU/VST plug-in.

Does UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt work on Windows operating systems?

UAD-2 Thunderbolt Satellite is Mac only.

Where can I see UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt specifications, system compatibility, and further details?

Glad you asked! Our UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt Support page is the comprehensive resource for all the details.

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  • Grieves

    “With the UAD-2 Satellite I can travel to any studio in the world and get straight to work.”

    Ronnie Vanucci

    The Killers

    "The UAD plug-ins allow us [The Killers] to get into the wheelhouse of the sounds of yesteryear. It's another instrument in the band these days."

    Jim James

    My Morning Jacket

    "The UAD Powered Plug-ins collection is such a great tool kit. So many tools under one roof and all at your fingertips in a fraction of a second."

    Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans)

    “The UAD-2 is the 21st century musician's best friend."

    Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    With the incredible quality and tonality of the plug-ins, the UAD-2 has become a first response tool in my everyday recording and mixing.

  • Peter Kirn

    Create Digital Music

    "It’s difficult to describe UA’s plug-ins until you’ve tried them. It’s a bit like having chocolate sauce at your disposal, sonically speaking."

    Garrett Haines

    (Tape Op Magazine)

    "Universal Audio’s achievements in capturing the sonics of equalization, transformers, and control interaction need to be recognized. This goes beyond software models; they’re getting to the heart of the gear."

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "The family of effects that I have with my UAD-2 is incomparable with any other when it comes to working in the box yet having an 'out of boxy experience'."

    Garrett "Jacknife" Lee

    (R.E.M., The Cars)

    "I @#$%ing love my UAD-2 card! Doing my first proper mix [The Cars] with it. Wow! How did i do without it?"

    Jose Cancela & Amy Marie Beauchamp

    (HBO Sports, NFL, NBA)

    “The UAD-2 has time and time again given sterile samples warmth, depth and brilliance."

  • Paul Moak

    (Third Day, Matthew Mayfield)

    "The flexibility is priceless and has won me over on UAD for life. Thanks for making a great product!"

    Jono Buchanan

    Future Music (UK)

    "The accuracy & quality of [UA's] recent additions [shows] their recreations of classic hardware are only improving."

    Greg Parkin

    (Capitol Studios & Mastering)

    “It is fitting that UA continues to provide a platform for our engineers to innovate."

    Hank Shocklee

    (Public Enemy)

    “I like to use the UAD plug-ins to their extremes and push them to get the crazy sound I use to set my productions apart."

    Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Estelle)

    UAD is my new secret weapon in the studio. I get everything to sound the way I always wanted, way before the mixing.

  • Ivan Barias

    (Keyshia Cole, 2Pac)

    "Before UAD life in the studio was like television before HD. Everything sounds incredibly detailed now."

    John Paterno

    (Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt)

    "This [UAD-2] is a 'game changer' for me ... The sound, responsiveness, and detail [of the plug-ins] are great!"

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    (Lyle Lovett, Nirvana)

    "With the UAD-2, UA has provided something that I have been missing from my plugs for a long time: inspiration."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "I was never into mixing completely in the box until I started using UAD cards ... I'm loving it more and more."

    Jim Dalrymple

    (The Loop)

    "[I use] the Fairchild Compressor, Neve 1081, Neve 1073, LA-2A and the 1176 Compressor. They all give you something different."

  • Jim Dalrymple


    "While there are a lot of plug-in choices [on the market], I have found none better than Universal Audio."

    Eli Janney

    (Wilco, Wheat)

    "I’m heavily into the [UAD-2] cards. They just sound really, really good ... the new cards give you a lot of horsepower."

    Vance Powell

    (The Raconteurs, Jars of Clay)

    "The UAD-2 is the first plug-in set that replaces gear I own, hardware-wise, and that's a big deal."

    John Baccigaluppi

    (TapeOp Magazine)

    "[With the UAD-2] ... everything worked perfectly with the sonic quality we’ve come to expect from the UAD series."

    Charlie Clouser

    (NIN, "Saw" Soundtracks)

    "The UAD-2 provides so much DSP that I can really lay the plug-ins on thick without giving it a second thought"

  • David Grissom

    (Mellencamp, Buddy Guy)

    "The UAD-2 plug-ins have become the backbone of my mixes ... I've been able to eliminate my console altogether."

    Elliot Mazer

    (Neil Young)

    "I can mix anyplace with my UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop. I get to use the same UAD plug-ins on my portable that I use on my big MacPro."

    Frank Filipetti

    (James Taylor, Rod Stewart)

    “I wish more companies paid attention to what you guys are doing at UA ... it's right on the money."

    Frank Filipetti

    (Carly Simon)

    "I go to my UAD plug-ins just as naturally as I do any hardware ... UAD is now an essential part of my mixing arsenal"

    Frank Filipetti

    (Carly Simon, Korn)

    "I don't need anything else to mix with, other than the UAD plug-ins. Everything else I use is hardware."

  • Gavin Monaghan

    (The Twang)

    "I'd never even think of tackling a session without UAD plug-ins."

    Hank Shocklee

    (Public Enemy)

    "I can surely say that working with the UAD family of plug-ins has greatly increased the sound of my projects"

    Nathaniel Kunkel


    "I use my UAD cards every time I mix ... the quality of the plug-ins make mixing 'in the box' not only easier, but really fun."

    Nathaniel Kunkel

    (James Taylor, Lyle Lovett)

    "The thing that I feel no one's really talking about is that this [the UAD-2] is a paradigm shift."

    Rik Simpson

    (Coldplay, Portishead, Jay Z)

    The sound of the UAD software is the closest thing in analog modeling – it actually sounds like the real gear.

  • Stuart Price

    (The Killers)

    "You judge [the UAD-2] by how many people you recommend it to, and everyone I have worked with has now gone and got one."

    Ulrich Wild


    "The new UAD-2 cards are extremely powerful ... I completely abandoned analog gear for mixing and I rely heavily on this system"

    Ryan West

    (Eminem, Kanye West, Kid Cudi)

    I'm not sure what mathematical voodoo they do over there at UA, but I like it and I won't mix without it.


    “Universal Audio has redefined how I look at my sessions. With easy access to emulations of some of the most classic gear of all time –– there is no tone or feel that I can't achieve.“

    Paul Moak

    (Third Day, Matthew Mayfield)

    "As an analog junkie and an audiofile, this [UAD-2] is the best of both worlds for me."

  • Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)

    Now I have UAD on everything, and I'm using the EMT 140 and the EMT 250 as effects – It's so much easier.

    Neil Mclellan


    "I've recommended the UAD platform to all of my friends, and once they heard it, there was no looking back."

    John Paterno

    (Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt)

    "The sound of these [UAD Powered Plug-Ins] will definitely change the way I approach mixing in the computer."

    Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "UA has given their UAD-2 platform extra appeal with yet more accurate recreations of classic studio hardware ..."

    Paul White

    (Sound On Sound)

    "[Cooper Time Cube, EMT 250, or FATSO] ... for the real vintage character, I don't think UA have any rivals at the moment."

  • D. James Goodwin

    (The Bravery)

    "When I finally decided to try the UAD platform, I was immediately floored by the realism. These things sounded amazing."

    Ed MacFarlane

    (Friendly Fires)

    "[I use] the 6176 as my preamp & compressor, and I've been using the UAD plug-ins once the track's in the computer."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    "Way to go, Universal Audio! Thanks for helping me achieve the sounds in the box that I really want to hear."

    D. James Goodwin

    (The Bravery)

    "I decided to sell my hardware SPL TD4, and my vintage dbx 160 rack, because the UAD became my go-to choice. Bravo to UA"

    D. James Goodwin

    (The Bravery)

    "UAD plug-ins are my new benchmark for how processors should sound, look, and function.”

  • JR Hutson

    (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild)

    "[Once] I got the UAD Powered Plug-Ins, I can get things so much closer to what they're supposed to sound like."

    Jim Dalrymple

    (The Loop)

    "I find that the UA plug-ins allow me to control that [dynamic] range of frequencies better than anything else."

    Justin Niebank

    (Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts)

    “[W]hen you came out with the UAD-2, I jumped on that, even before the software came out. I adore it.”

    Frederick Norén

    (Sound on Sound)

    "[For DSP-based systems]...the UAD2 platform is a good alternative, with great-sounding, humanely priced plug-ins."

    Roy Davis Jr.

    "A mix is not complete without UAD Powered Plug-Ins on it!!!"

  • Eli Crews

    (Electronic Musician)

    "With the UAD-2, Universal Audio has made one of the most attractive plug-in families even harder to live without."

    Cian Ciaran

    (Super Furry Animals)

    "[With the UAD-2] It's like having the right tools to do the right job ... Because you know all the gear's quality."

    Jason Blum

    (Remix Magazine)

    "The only thing better than UAD plug-ins is more of them."

    Craig Anderton

    (EQ Magazine)

    "The UAD concept [is] the 21st century equivalent of a rack of special-purpose processors ... maybe even an entire mixer."

    Craig Anderton


    "The UAD-2 is much more powerful than the original ... the UAD concept is no longer to just replace a few cool pieces of gear"

  • Mike Senior

    (Sound on Sound)

    "Universal Audio are a force to be reckoned with in terms of the quality of their audio processing"

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "The UAD-2 ... is a huge improvement over everything that made the UAD-1 the leader in its class."

    Mike Senior

    (Sound On Sound)

    "UAD-2 is an enormous leap forward from the UAD-1"

    Barry Rudolph

    (Mix Magazine)

    "The UAD-2 breaks all the UAD-1's limitations ... it's a dream come true for all DAW users.”

    Craig Anderton

    (EQ Magazine)

    "It's the strikingly realistic, and musical, emulations of vintage (and not so vintage) gear [that hooks people on the UAD-2]."

  • Rob James

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "[UAD Powered Plug-Ins] have more character than many native or TDM plug-ins, while being a great deal more affordable."

    Future Publishing


    "Offering several times the power of the UAD-1, this powered plug-in system is very impressive."

    Andy Hong


    "I'd have to say that the UAD plug-ins blow similar TDM plug-ins out of the water"

    Jono Buchanan

    (Future Music UK)

    "It's now possible to turn your DAW into a full Neve console, for a fraction of the cost of a real desk."

    David Riggs

    "There is a God and he uses the UAD plugins. The best set of plug-ins anywhere. Period."

  • Carmen Rizzo

    "I make a living with the UA plug-ins, because I use them every single day on every session."

    Geoff Sanoff

    (Pro Sound News)

    "I keep saying to people that plug-ins are only going to get better, and UAD keeps proving me right."

    Matt Boudreau

    (Keith Urban)

    "The bottom line is, it's got so much more power ... it allowed me to use whatever plug-in I wanted, whenever I wanted"

    Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "With the UAD-2 , you put it on and it sounds like a Fairchild. It makes it so much easier to get what you're looking for."

    Mike Senior

    (Sound on Sound)

    "The UAD-2 gives access to some of the best-sounding analogue emulation plug-ins available ... a mouth-watering prospect."

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    by . (Saturday 15 October, 2016)

    Got a Octo Satellite with the Ultimate 4 package. Sounds phenomenal. Also have most of the Waves plugins and have to say that the UA equivalents are all just as good and in fact most are better. Great stuff!!! Read More

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    My 4th Octo Satellite and loving them all
    by a. campbell(Saturday 1 October, 2016)

    Just picked up a 4 th octo satellite, as ive been working on some very large sessions lately.. and i must say, both my clients and myslf are extremely pleased with the outcome. We're loving the sound im getting out of your plugins....i still use and rely a lot of my hardware pieces, but in… Read More

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    More power in my hands!!!
    by M. CISCATO(Wednesday 28 September, 2016)

    I own Apollo 8 quad and many many many plugins so i need more power for my studio DAW, this DSP accelerator is my solution! It's perfect!!! Great job UA!!! Read More

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    User friendly and professional grade.
    by . (Friday 23 September, 2016)

    What a dream to have an add-on piece of equipment that is easy to set up and use. I had no problem adding it to my setup and had no problem enjoying the added processing power. When mixing, this added power really allows me to go overboard in a way that helps the process. Naturally I have to… Read More

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    No Thunderbolt cable?
    by G. Leslie(Wednesday 21 September, 2016)

    Would give it 5 stars as all UAD gear and plugins are just incredible. However, I can't believe, given the price, that there is no included thunderbolt cable!!!! More expense and waiting time before I can use it. Grrr. Read More

Features & Specs
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt
Features & Specs.
Key Features
  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via blazing fast Thunderbolt 2 connection
  • Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, MXR and more (sold separately)
  • Allows taking UAD plug-ins “on the road,” mixing on Macs with Thunderbolt 1 or 2 connection
  • Available in QUAD and OCTO models w/ 4 or 8 SHARC processors
  • Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
  • Available in Core, Custom & Ultimate packages
  • All packages include Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, featuring:
    • UA 610-B Tube Preamp and Equalizer
    • 1176LN/SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)
    • Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter (Legacy)
    • Pultec Pro Equalizers (Legacy)
    • Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
    • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
    • CS-1 Precision Channel
    • RealVerb Pro Room Modeler
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
  • Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), and Apollo audio interfaces
  • Compatible with VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX 64 plug-in formats
  • Compatible with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs
  • Fan-free design for silent operation


System Requirements

Thunderbolt Systems

UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8.7.1

  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, or 10.11 El Capitan
  • 6 gigabytes available storage
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
  • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

For additional compatibility information, visit


See the UAD Instance Chart here
Product Specifications
  • Fan-less Thunderbolt 2 external enclosure w/ external power supply
  • Desktop dimensions: 7” wide x 6 3/4” long x 1 3/4” high (weight: 2.24 lbs)
  • 4 or 8 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • Compatible with VST, RTAS, Audio Units, and AAX 64 plug-in formats
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz sample rate support
  • 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy

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