Arrow

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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 610 Tube Preamp, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and a genuine Marshall Plexi amp plug-in — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer setting.

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

Create on-the-go with a sonically superior, bus-powered interface with rugged all-metal construction

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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 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

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*

      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)

      • (Mac) macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave

      • (Win) Windows 10 w/Fall Creators Update (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

      R. Canzano

      March 19, 2019

      Perfect recording channel

      I was looking to get the best possible signal chain for recording vocals and almost bought an analog pre amp. The Arrow was an awesome decision because I solved 2 problems at once with a smaller investment. I now have what I believe to be a true Neve record channel and eliminated my latency issues all in one shot. I also am now a member of the UAD plug in fan club.

      Z. Bíró

      March 19, 2019

      Perfect!

      Everything you need to record a song.

      M. Hurley

      March 18, 2019

      Arrow is on target

      The Arrow has been excellent for use in conjunction with my MacBook Pro and Ableton. The design and performance quality have exceeded my expectations. I was tracking within a few minutes of unboxing it.

      I have read a few reviews that say it is noisy and I have not found that to be the case at all. I have used it for guitar, bass, vocals, and miked percussion and it has worked well in every instance.

      I also see a common issue is that some users think the processing power is limited, but I think that is really quibbling with such a small unit. If you are using an Arrow as a cheap entry into UAD plugins then you probably should have purchased a more robust unit. As an interface it is absolutely user-friendly and clean.

      A huge bonus is the Unison mode which allows you to track through selected plug-ins. I have had great results using the Manley VoxBox plug-in in this way for vocals. Again if you want to load up stacks of plug-ins and never print to audio you are going to need much more processing power. But I guess I would ask any of you who record like that, why do you record like that?

      H. Portakalcıoğlu

      March 14, 2019

      Very Good Product

      İam using it on Windows 10 with my extreme Asus motherboard and its amazing working with!!! if any of you guys have problem on windows pls. update your BİOS and Thunderbolt input before using it ! I just want to know if you guys gona make a satellite for arrow soon let me know pls...

      H. Portakalcıoğlu

      March 14, 2019

      Very Good Product

      İam using it on Windows 10 with my extreme Asus motherboard and its amazing working with!!! if any of you guys have problem on windows pls. update your BİOS and Thunderbolt input before using it ! I just want to know if you guys gona make a satellite for arrow soon let me know pls...

      J. Guitar

      March 12, 2019

      Running on Windows!

      I've chosen the Arrow for the sole reason to have the minimal latency of Thunderbolt. I'm on Windows with a Thunderbolt card and it's running great. 32 samples through 4 IR cabinet mic's, without glitches. Feel is really great and direct when playing guitar now. Worth it!
      And the quality of the included Marshall Plexi plugin is the best I've ever used (for a digital plugin amp).
      Only 1 funny thing, you'll need to disable Intel VT in the BIOS, otherwise the Arrow will shutdown.

      J. Donadio

      March 12, 2019

      Great little machine!

      This thing is awesome!!! The unit is incredibly intuitive. The sound with zero latency running on my MacBook Air is perfect. I’m gonna sell my entire rack of gear because these plugins are that good!

      А. Богданов

      March 10, 2019

      A.Bogdanov

      Arrow perfect in every way!!!One love!!!

      R. Feldman

      March 9, 2019

      Direct Record makes up for a LOT!

      Arrow single core here. Not the most powerful of the bunch, but the direct record option makes up for a whole lot. Now I can record directly into Cubase and have an amp lined up in the console instead of having to run plugs in Cubase. This has a similar result to freezing a track, since the plugin is only loaded in the console, not as a Cubase insert. This means I don't need all the power at one time and I monitor directly from the console with zero latency, not through Cubase (recommend watching a few YouTube videos to see how it works). I love my Arrow and the Thunderbolt 3 on Win 10 is like, uh, LIGHTNING- foolproof so far. You just need to find the right motherboard that supports T3- (Dell XPS here). You can't go wrong on a budget with the Arrow. And the Engl Amp sim, phew! Beautiful tone that I can only get from a real amp.

      D. Put

      March 6, 2019

      Arrow perfect in every way for home and travel

      I already owned an apollo II quad but recently I purchased the arrow. It is perfect for home use but I use it especially when travelling. The luxury with the thunderbolt is great for direct connection with my laptop. I don’t need anything else. Thanks for this invention. Kind regards Dirk

      K. Edwards

      March 4, 2019

      Fantastic

      This is like the Apple of interfaces... Coming from Apogee, I can say that the quality is better, and the device is much more durable. This thing is more than what you pay for with the included software

      J. Fanus

      March 4, 2019

      EVERYTHING I DIDNT KNOW I NEEDED TILL I NEEDED IT!!!

      I just joined the UA family within the past year but my clients and I quickly fell in love with the Apollo in my home studio. The plugins and console control have been a game changer. It wasn't until I was at a writing camp and had to cut a rough vocal demo on my Apogee MiC that I realized how much I've come to rely on my UA gear to enhance my work flow and overall sonics. I was SOO frustrated by the latency and even more annoyed by having to go back and undo all the changes I'd made to my template, switching out my unusable UA plugins with the old ones I used to use. First world problems at their best, but regardless it only took once for me to realize I needed an Arrow. I love the portability and the reliability of knowing I can track /mix just as easily while sitting in the park/airport/hotel as I can in my studio. LOVE this product!

      F. Beacham

      February 28, 2019

      Best Small Interface for Voiceovers

      I use the Arrow for voiceovers with a Mac Mini. It, packaged with the included plugins, makes an ideal narration or voiceover package. I highly recommend it over everything else I have tried.

      津. 刘

      February 27, 2019

      不知道可以不可以兼容雷电2?

      有个老Mac mini,做移动录音,很希望ARROW能兼容雷电2

      C. Jaeggi

      February 27, 2019

      Perfection!

      Then again, what do I know? I only have 8 interfaces/soundcards here now. I've owned them all. One I haven't even opened, but there's no need now. This is just greatness : ) Better than The RME Babyface Pro I had too. Lynx Aurora class. This is the one, I regret not getting it before. Things just changed in an instant, it's that good! As for the DSP, I have no problem with it, and if one wants them on every track, one has to get the UAD 2 thingy, quad or 8 core. Which I will soon. I'm only worried that they will change something, that I have to get a 24 track or something in the future. Or it won't work with one of the endless updates of OS's coming down the pike : /

      F. Caeiro

      February 24, 2019

      Works great on windows now!

      Very good interface with a super sound and works great on windows.
      Thanks UA!

      J. Bowers

      February 21, 2019

      Just Perfect!

      With the purchase of a new MacBook pro, I needed to replace my old Firewire interface. After tons of research and asking around, I settled on the Arrow. As most of the use will be for Voice Over, I liked the portability of this unit, as well as the UA reputation for solid build quality and support.
      I also jumped over to a new DAW, and thought the Arrow would be the steeper learning curve. Thankfully I couldn't have been more wrong. The Arrow set up process took about 15 minutes. I viewed a tutorial with an engineer and artist, and learned everything I needed to know about how to operate the unit.
      I dialed in a few settings on the included plug ins, and my voice has never sounded so good.
      Easy to set up, easy to use, and a very intuitive interface. Just perfect!

      B. Lorentz

      February 18, 2019

      UAD ARROW UN AUTRE MONDE, ANOTHER WORLD

      Fantastique interface audio en Thunderbolt 3 et surtout des Plugs in d'une incroyable qualité. J'utiliserai toujours les excellents Plugs de Logic pro mais avec UAD on n'a plus vraiment envie d'aller voir ailleurs. A quand un mode d'emploi en Français ? Sinon bravo et félicitations pour la qualité de vos produits, le service après vente et votre politique commerciale de suivi. Bien cordialement, Bernard.
      With UAD products & plugs in, we enter in another world ! Congratulations for all your services & products. Keep rocking', kind regards, Bernard.

      t. barkman

      February 5, 2019

      A quality interface

      This is a clear step up audio quality wise from my previous focusrite 2i2, as it should be when you look at the price difference. I recorded a vocal and an acoustic guitar track using the same mics with both interfaces for comparison and the difference is quite clear. Haven't been using it long enough to have an opinion of the UAD plugin platform yet.
      I've seen some people complain that you can only track with about three plugins before you run out of DSP. You can easily track with, for instance, amp sim, reverb and delay, who needs more than that?
      Anyway, very happy so far, the audio quality is smooth and buttery and it makes me want to create and record.

      M. Spadoni

      February 4, 2019

      Freccia

      Una freccia di nome e di fatto. Perfetta, veloce, latenza zero. Un prodotto ottimo.