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Shape your Recordings Into Records with Genuine UA Conversion and Classic Studio Sounds.

Arrow is the world’s first Thunderbolt 3-powered desktop recording audio interface for Mac and Windows — delivering class-leading audio conversion, two Unison mic preamps, and a suite of onboard UAD plug-ins for album-quality results.

This compact 2x4 interface starts with esteemed UA conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo interface range, to sonically outperform anything in its class. With its Unison technology and built-in UAD-2 SOLO Core processor, you can record through classic audio tools including the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and a genuine Marshall Plexi amp plug-in — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer setting. Plus, Arrow includes LUNA Recording System, Universal Audio’s groundbreaking recording application.

Now You Can:

Record with class-leading A/D and D/A conversion — as heard on hundreds of hit records

Track with near-zero latency through mic preamp and guitar amp emulations from Neve,® API,® Marshall,® Fender,® and more using Unison technology*

Mix with included UAD plug‑ins like the Teletronix® LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and more

Includes LUNA Recording System for a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application

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Unison Technology for Stunning
Mic and Guitar Preamp Emulations

Arrow’s Unison technology gives you the tone, touch and “feel” of the world’s most sought-after preamps. These include the bundled 610-B Tube Preamp, plus authentic mic preamp emulations from Neve® and API,® as well as guitar amp emulations from Fender® and Marshall® — complete with their signature impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.*

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Arrow’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 SOLO Core processor. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Arrow’s Console software, and it physically reconfigures Arrow’s impedance — so you can tap into the classic tube and transformer sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps and guitar amps.

Watch the Unison Shoot Out (hardware vs. software) video

A Full Suite of Classic<br />Studio Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Studio Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Arrow provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, Pultec EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged.

From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.

See Included Plug-Ins   |   Watch the live tracking video

Create with a Fast, Natural Workflow

Arrow is the ideal entry point to LUNA, UA’s groundbreaking music production application. Whether you’re exploring the analog sounds and workflow of Neve summing and Studer tape Extensions or creating with inspiring LUNA Instruments like Moog Multimoog and Ravel grand piano, LUNA transforms Arrow into a fully-integrated recording system.

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Vintage Guitar and Bass Amps

For guitarists and bassists, Arrow includes Unison technology on its front panel instrument input — giving you access to dead-on emulations of amps like the Fender® '55 Tweed Deluxe, Ampeg® B-15N Bass Amplifier, Eden® WT800 Bass Amplifier, and the included Marshall® Plexi Classic — all available at near-zero latency for songwriting and recording.

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins, Arrow lets you tap into the full library award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, Compressors, Reverbs, Tape Machines, Auto-Tune and more — in real time, and without taxing your computer’s CPU. With exclusive emulations from Neve, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, Marshall, Antares, KORG, Moog, and more* the creative possibilities are nearly endless.

*Arrow includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

Ready to Go

With its robust all-metal construction and bus-powered Thunderbolt 3 operation, Arrow is the only "clutter-free" portable audio interface that truly delivers album-quality results. It’s like having a virtual analog studio that fits onto any desktop, and easily travels in your laptop bag.

Getting Started with Arrow
Getting Started with Arrow

Getting Started with Arrow

Learn how to quickly connect, setup, and start recording tracks with real time UAD plug-in processing using an Arrow audio interface.

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      Arrow requires a Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac or Windows machine, and is not backward compatible with earlier versions of Thunderbolt. For more information, click here.

      Realtime Analog Classics Bundle

      With the Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle, you get legendary compressors like the Teletronix® LA-2A and EQs like the Pultec® EQP-1A, stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, as well as UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

      • UA 610‐B
      • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
      • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
      • UA 1176LN Legacy
      • UA 1176SE Legacy
      • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
      • Pultec Pro Legacy
      • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
      • Precision Channel Strip
      • Precision Reflection Engine
      • Precision Delay Modulation
      • Precision Delay Modulation L
      • Raw Distortion
      • RealVerb‐Pro

      UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

      UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

      Impart your tracks with the iconic warmth and character of the classic hardware 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 organic detail and saturation to any signal — whether you’re re-amping or tracking through the 610-B via Universal Audio’s Unison™ technology.

      Marshall<sup>®</sup> Plexi Classic Amplifier

      Marshall® Plexi Classic Amplifier

      The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall “plexi” amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi’s punishing melange of snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock. Developed by Softube, the Marshall Plexi Classic Amp plug-in gives you the sound of this iconic amp with a perfectly placed microphone from engineer Tony Platt who recorded AC/DC’s Back in Black and Highway to Hell.

      Teletronix<sup>®</sup> 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 guitar, bass, drums, and more.

      1176SE/LN<sup>®</sup> Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

      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 1176LN has graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes and Michael Jackson.

      Pultec<sup>®</sup> Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

      Pultec® Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

      Mix with two of the most sought-after hardware EQs ever made — the MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Both of these tube-based icons deliver smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

      Ampeg<sup>®</sup> SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

      Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

      Introduced in 1969, the Ampeg SVT bass amp is still the reigning king of high-powered tube bass tone. Developed by Brainworx, the Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp plug-in perfectly captures the raw power and punch that has made this the go-to amp for rock, funk, and soul players. Track in real time using Unison™ preamp technology for the tone, touch, and feel of a real SVT bass amp, or transform bland DI tracks with the thunderous roar of a stone cold classic.

      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, Precision Mix Rack Collection gives you an impressive tool set — perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.

      Raw Distortion

      Raw Distortion

      Modeled from a vintage early-’80s Pro Co Rat, Raw Distortion delivers all the gritty dynamic raunch of the legendary stompbox. And with Unison™ technology, you can plug in to Apollo Twin, 8, or 8p’s front-panel Hi-Z instrument jack and experience the same circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points for the true tone, feel, and response of the original hardware.

      RealVerb Pro

      RealVerb Pro

      RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb based on UA’s own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond simply big/small or dark/bright, giving your sources distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.

      Features

      Desktop 2x4 Thunderbolt 3-powered audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion

      Unison mic preamp and guitar amp emulations from Neve® , API® , Manley® , Marshall®, Fender® , and more*

      Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application for Apollo/Arrow interfaces (Mac/Thunderbolt)


      Realtime UAD Processing allows near-zero latency tracking with classic UAD plug-in effects, regardless of software buffer setting

      Includes studio compressors, EQs, reverbs, and guitar amp emulations, and more as part of “Realtime Analog Classics” bundle

      Bus-powered connection to Mac and Windows systems for easy portability and reduced cable clutter

      Arrow System Requirements

      For complete compatibility information, please visit help.uaudio.com



      • Mac or PC computer with available Thunderbolt 3 port

      • Thunderbolt 3 cable (sold separately)

      • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina

      • (Win) Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)

      • 6 gigabytes available storage

      • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins

      • Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended

      Customer Reviews

      Arrow

      Overall Rating

      s. carr

      May 30, 2020

      THE ARROW

      I really like the compact design of this interface. Why I did not rate higher, first, I believe it should have more than 1 processor and second, this unit, with no ventilation, gets extremely hot when I am using it.

      D. Klein

      May 29, 2020

      Great Product

      Unfortunately I haven't been able to test the full potential yet, but I can already say that the quality gain compared to my previous equipment is enormous. The device is fun and the software is well-engineered.

      R. Fischer

      May 28, 2020

      Amazing

      I owned a lot of UA products before. I sold all of them over time due to changing ports. I hoped UA would release a USB driver for Mac but that hasn't happened so far. So I had to wait until I could by a new computer with Thunderbolt port. Long story short:

      The Arrow is unbelievable. It sounds fantastic. Sure you only have a solo DSP, but if you're a bit clever, you can do a lot with it. Luckily the new DAW Luna doesn't seem to rely on the DSP chip on the Arrow when it comes to the Neve Summing Console. So you get that on top as well. Universal Audio makes the best products. Period.

      Can't wait until UA will get into deep learning.

      L. Rossi

      May 27, 2020

      Nice product

      Working on multiple projects with the Arrow is just handy. Like the product

      J. Yallup

      May 23, 2020

      Female producer truly loving it!

      I just upgraded to a new MacBook along with an arrow interface - Im loving everything about it and Lunas software!

      M. Marrero

      May 20, 2020

      Great audio interface with an amazing sound!

      I needed a new audio interface for mobile recordings and production. I knew that the AUD arrow was my choice since I'm very familiar with their hardware and plugins' quality. This is an amazing audio interface, I noticed the sound quality immediately when I plugged it to my MacBook and started recording. There are many great things about the Arrow, zero-latency while tracking and all the features in a very small but built like tank audio interface perfect for traveling or home set up.

      I’m definitely very happy with my UA Arrow

      M. Whang

      May 19, 2020

      An Upgrade from Outboard Gear

      Easily the best audio gear purchase I've made in years. My set up until getting the Arrow had been Golden Age-73 into a Distressor into Mackie Onyx Blackjack. The quality of audio from the Unison plugins is comparable to outboard gear, and way more convenient. I'm always recording in different spaces so just packing up a laptop and the arrow is a game changer. My biggest concern before purchasing was the amount of plugins I can run with the single core. I've had no trouble tracking with two instances of the 610 pre while running the reverb in the aux send. While mixing, I can't put UA Plugins on every track, but I'm always running the La-2a on the lead vocal and the Pultec on the mix bus. Can't recommend the Arrow enough!

      M. Whang

      May 19, 2020

      An Upgrade from Outboard Gear

      Easily the best audio gear purchase I've made in years. My set up until getting the Arrow had been Golden Age-73 into a Distressor into Mackie Onyx Blackjack. The quality of audio from the Unison plugins is comparable to outboard gear, and way more convenient. I'm always recording in different spaces so just packing up a laptop and the arrow is a game changer. My biggest concern before purchasing was the amount of plugins I can run with the single core. I've had no trouble tracking with two instances of the 610 pre while running the reverb in the aux send. While mixing, I can't put UA Plugins on every track, but I'm always running the La-2a on the lead vocal and the Pultec on the mix bus. Can't recommend the Arrow enough!

      P. Butrungrote

      May 14, 2020

      It’s very good

      I love it very much

      P. Kummu

      May 14, 2020

      Arrow

      Sound quality is amazing.

      L. Covington

      May 14, 2020

      Another level

      This has just taken my sound to another level. Completely blown away with the quality, ease of set-up and use and with UAD plugins to get you started... I’ve already hit the custom shop hard!

      I. Boivin-Flamand

      May 13, 2020

      Amazing!

      A friend of mine suggested me to buy Arrow and i wasn’t really sure about it and honestly, i didn’t expect it to be that great! It’s amazing, no wonder why my sound engineer friend suggested me to buy it. I feel like i’m gonna stick with it for awhile.

      P. Nguyen

      May 7, 2020

      Universal Arrow

      Arrow gives awesome sound quality. Definitely worths the money. I compared with my previous audio interface and I can tell the big difference (Vote for Universal Arrow). With 14 free plugins come with the device, they are amazing and you won’t regret!

      D. Price

      May 7, 2020

      Wow

      Tracked my first demo last night, and the Fender emulation helped me get the guitar tone I wanted quickly - no fiddling with EQ after the fact. It responded to my playing the way a real amp would. I’m very impressed already, and can’t wait to put the Arrow through its paces on vocals, bass and mic’d instruments. It also helps that it’s portable, as my recording space is currently a couch.

      D. Pennant

      May 6, 2020

      An excellent addition to my recording tech

      I've had the arrow for a few weeks now, and I've mainly used it for when I want to record anything on Logic or LUNA. Its zero latency makes my workflow fast and effortless, so long as I keep the time. My only gripe with it so far is the one people usually say about it. It can't take many effects on at once, but I don't usually need them, so I don't have that problem frequently, nor have I had it crash on me yet.

      All in all, It's a great addition to me as a college student/laptop musician. I definitely see myself using this for a while(or at least until I upgrade to something like an Apollo Twin).

      V. Volkersz

      April 30, 2020

      So far, so good

      I've had the Arrow for a few weeks. My purposes for getting it included being able to more effectively broadcast my music over Zoom sessions, to get better sound when recording videos, and to record my music using GarageBand. I've done a bit of all three in the past few weeks, and am pleased with the results. My fellow musicians in the Zoom sessions say my guitar and vocals now sound the best of the whole group, so that's a huge plus.

      My first attempt at recording on GarageBand was using my small Backpacker guitar, which has as fairly thin sound. The Arrow made it sound like a full size guitar. Wow! (I plugged in my old Shure SM57 for this.)

      I have not yet begun to work the plug-ins, so I can't comment on that, but just using it the way I have been has been rewarding. It took me more than 4 hours to get everything set up and running, so be sure to build in some prep time when you get your Arrow.

      D. Leitner

      April 30, 2020

      Amazing Sound!!!

      Superclear Sound, Pro-Audio Converters. Portable!

      N. Booker

      April 27, 2020

      Not strong enough

      I love your quality but the Arrow is just not strong enough when it comes down to the plugin power. So I had to return it and bought the Apollo twin X which is a beast I’m in love WOW!! What amazing piece of gear!

      M. Emelin

      April 25, 2020

      Maksym

      The arrow is weak, I would not recommend taking it even for beginners! The rest is satisfied!

      a. Paschetta

      April 23, 2020

      Ottima

      Scheda davvero fantastica nessuna latenza facile da usare