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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 Minimoog 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

      A. Alescio

      June 30, 2020

      Just in love with this little thing

      I wish I knew about Arrow right when it came out. Amazing audio quality

      F. Eler

      June 30, 2020

      For Mac Only

      I was not able to use it properly in Pro Tools using ASIO, there were a few glitches. Using as a windows sound monitor and microphone the thing gets worse. Instead of glitches every now and then, what you get is distorted sound all the time. If you are a Mac user, go ahead. If you use windows, runaway.

      s. taylor

      June 30, 2020

      terrible

      terrible

      W. Astley

      June 29, 2020

      Arrow interface.

      As an existing user of universal audio products , I thought I’d purchase the arrow as a mobile easy buss powered solution . This unit is a great interface sounds great and is simple to use and set up , I’m just getting to grips with the Luna software . Thinking of making the switch / using in tandem with my current daw ! The only disappointment is that I currently already own all the bundled plugins . And you don’t offer a credit or a choice of a free plugin in its place or for something new to use ,While tracking or mixing ! UA sort this out I’m sure lots of people with various units feel the same !! A bit of loyalty reward for buying more product surely ? Given 4 stars for product , but 1 star for lack of concern with users who already own the bundled plugins .

      D. Seemayr

      June 26, 2020

      Gefällt mir sehr sehr gut

      Super Produkt. Funktioniert einfach über Thunderbolt 3 (Kabel musste ich leider extra kaufen) und ohne externe Stromzufuhr - macht das Teil echt praktisch :)

      J. Zapp

      June 25, 2020

      Wanted to stick with UA while on the road

      I’m a voice actor and wanted an interface that would be portable and easy to use while traveling, yet still enable me to access all of my UAD plug-ins. I’m glad I settled on the Arrow - it works flawlessly for my VO needs, hooked up to my new MacBook Pro via Thunderbolt 3. I use the Apollo Twin in my home studio. UA has never steered me wrong & I highly recommend the Arrow! This company makes stellar products, as well as offering incredible service and support. Thank you.

      R. Rewt

      June 23, 2020

      REVIEW OF THE ARROW

      I'm a composer which wanted a secondary unit using thunderbolt 3, which I could use remotely if need be. I use AVID rig in my work, using both Logic PRO X and Cubase Pro , Prior to purchaseing this Arrow, I have tried the new SSL units, Latest Presonus units, and others, all using c type USB. for approximately 30 day periods prior to purchasing the Arrow.
      This review of the Arrow, based on, of course, my first impressions and normal practises in my work.

      1, The unit is well constructed
      2, The UA apps are all first class apps
      3, I was motivated to buy the Arrow for two main reasons, the promise of Thunderbolt 3, as it relates to latency in recording, and playback !
      I found the latency is near perfect in recording, as long as you record one performer at once.
      The latency as per playback with the DAW is not any better than any of the other USB type C units on the market for considerably less money.
      Secondly, I bought the UA product, the Arrow, for the use UA plugins, Unfortunately I discovered very quickly that you have very limited use of the plugins because of a major negative, as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately, I had the understanding that since the Arrow came with 14 great plugins, you could use several at once, in a chain, if needed as inserts during recording virtually or live. This is NOT the case. I was able , at best to use Two plugins in either case, most times only one, The Arrow just doesnt have what it takes, to compose or record using mostly more than two plugins, Furthermore, I believed that since I bought the plugins they were mine to use as I wished. That is not the case at all. You cannot use the plugins in your daw using the daws DSP power, All plugins must use the dsp within the arrow to be loaded in your DAW, Hence, again, you are reduced to using one or at max, two plugins, anytime. THIS is an extremely serious drawback!
      If I had known this before I purchased the unit I would not have purchase the unit. In this day and age, to have plugins, which are only dedicated to and can only be used by the DSP on the interface is absolutely unacceptable ! What if you want to use another interface, other than a UA interface in the future? All the investment you made in the UA plugins is $ down the drain, because you cannot use them with another interface, freely in your DAW, even though you own them, or own the use of them.
      THIS IS A DEAL BREAKER !!!!!

      The worst part of it, my music dealer advised me that the unit is not returnable once I try I've tried it. !?!?!?!?
      NO RETURN POLICY??????

      I would definitely returned this ARROW from UA, for the reasons, which I believe are justifiable.
      However, I was not given that opportunity, and I'm out a lot on $ on a unit which is less useable in most situations, than new 2020 based interfaces, like SSL+ with is half the cost!!!


      G. Jansson

      June 20, 2020

      Excellent gear

      I love everything about it. Neat, good looking and awesome sound

      L. Deane

      June 19, 2020

      A Sound to Remember

      Unequaled sound, from a small device.

      M. Fečko

      June 17, 2020

      Top!

      This piece of equipment is awesome! I recomendet it

      S. Surber

      June 17, 2020

      Everything I knew it would be and much more!

      I have been waiting and reviewing many many systems to replace my PC/ACID 7 combination which I have used for to many years. Well the research and waiting was worth it. The Arrow, iMac and (free) LUNA is all you need for a solo artist system. Combine them with Toontrack midi drums and keys and you have a sound that is unbeatable. I could not be happier. One more thing I have not run out of DSP yet.

      H. Spiodic

      June 16, 2020

      Amazing!!!

      I just went through the reviews and people who don’t like this little monster are clearly confused. Arrow is absolutely amazing and that’s a fact! I’ve been using it for over a year now and my vocals have never sounded better. I recommend using one of the unison preamps like century tube or Avalon it makes a huge difference... and also, sometimes it’s what you know and not what you have.

      Y. Baribeau

      June 15, 2020

      Best musical move I made

      This piece of equipment is awesome! I’m so glad to finally touch the UA world. This brand is amazing on so much levels. With my Arrow, I got acces to Luna and I can record perfect sounding vocals even with stock plug-ins.

      I’m so happy I finally invested in this. And also a new computer that had thunderbolt 3 connections............. Broke but happy!

      V. Gautschi

      June 10, 2020

      A lovely introduction to the UA world

      I really love this audio interface! I am coming from using a 10-year old Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and an ODAC headphone amp. The total price of these is equivalent to the arrow, however I feel like the arrow outperforms both and so much more! The conversion is great, the real-time tracking is magical, and I loved the UAD plugins so much that I got the Ultimate 8 within a week after receiving the arrow. Now I need more DSP ;)

      Y. Quintero

      June 9, 2020

      Amazing portable interface

      This has been an incredible investment for my portable studio, as it doesn’t require an electrical outlet for power. I can plug it into the laptop directly. Sound quality is great.

      C. Forte

      June 9, 2020

      I finally entered the UAD world

      For many years I've been fighting the urge to enter the UAD world. Being an old Pro Tools guy I was tired of having software linked to hardwire. Hell, I still have my Digi002 and Mbox 2 mini as they served me well. However, I needed a new mobile interface because I'm going to be traveling for most of the next year. The Arrow has just enough DSP for me. Quickly bought the SSL 4000 G Bus, The Ampex ATR, The Voice of God and the Oxide Tape.

      E. Petersen

      June 5, 2020

      Sounds great - love it!

      The BEST. I love the sound big time. No latency and a lot of FANTASTIC plugin.

      V. Balovnev

      June 4, 2020

      Thank you!:)

      I delighted of sound and like how it looks. So definitely it worth it. More than that - I'm happy with plugins that I got with Arrow.
      One cons for me - can't resolve how to mix sounds from both input channels for streaming in Skype calls. Perhaps, it can't be done without additional software.

      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.