Arrow

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.

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.

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

    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
    • Precision Channel Strip
    • Precision Reflection Engine
    • Precision Delay Modulation
    • Precision Delay Modulation L
    • Raw Distortion
    • Softube Bass Amp Room 8X10
    • 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 offer smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

    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.

    Softube Bass Amp Room

    Softube Bass Amp Room

    Based on a classic and versatile 1970’s bass amp, Softube’s Bass Amp Room plug-in boasts a vast range of sonic textures — from clean and fat to gritty and thick. Three different cabinets — 8x10, 4x12, and open-back 12" — give you enough sonic versatility to cover any genre, and a blend-able DI along with adjustable mic placement let you fine tune even more.

    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, visit help.uaudio.com


    • Mac or PC computer with available Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C port

    • Thunderbolt 3 cable (sold separately)

    • (Mac) macOS 10.12 Sierra or 10.13 High Sierra

    • (Win) Windows 10 w/Anniversary 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

    4.3/5
    (14 reviews)

    g. curry

    February 21, 2018

    oops! apple bit me. my bad!

    Lots of love here for UAD hardware and plugs. Having a rack of Apollo gear (Quad, Octo, 16) had me yearning for a truly portable solution with my MacBook Pro, that is, bus-powered interface rather than a lump or wart. Bought the Arrow and then found out there is no Thunderbolt 3 adapter work around to connect to my mid-2015 MBP. Not planning on spending $2-3k for a new 'puter. Back to thinking about the Twin.......

    UAD User

    February 21, 2018

    Awesome sound and quality

    A great intro into the UA world. It’s portable and light. You are up and running in no time. Comes with some great plug ins to get you started.

    P. Henderson

    February 18, 2018

    Arrow For Dummies ,,, How About It, Tom Waterman?

    There is a great passage in “Mixing With Your Mind”, a book written by Michael Stavrou, a guy who worked at EMI studios in the 60’s under the general supervision of George Martin. He had always been puzzled at the age and seemingly dilapidated condition of the speakers they used. That perception was changed dramatically one day when he witnessed a sound engineer mixing sounds that came through those speakers to transform the studio into a an Aladdin’s cave of miraculous and beautiful music he had never before heard.

    My guess is that they would have been at least some Universal Audio equipment in those studios costing thousands of dollars. But now, the new Arrow and its free on board software allows kids in their bedrooms anywhere in the world access to that equipment that costs thousands (if not tens of thousands) of dollars for a very affordable price.

    The only problem is that those kids (and the more elderly) don’t have access to those guys who drew such wonderful music out of the old UA compressors, EQ’s and other complicated boxes of electrical components.

    Take me.

    I had been using an Audient converter with my Mac Book and Native Instruments Guitar Rig insert in Ableton. So when I cranked up my Arrow, I took out the Guitar Rig insert on the Ableton page and replaced it with the UA Marshall Classic Plexi insert … on the Ableton page. Well… that’s what I had always done, right? I then added the UA Marshall Classic Plexi insert to the UA console page. I kept getting a message about the DSP having been overloaded and disabled.

    It took James and Chris, the guys at the Canberra Better Music store at which I had purchased the Arrow about ten minutes to diagnose the problem and explain how the console worked.

    Maybe UA could get Tom Waterman, who has been doing the PR rounds, demonstrating the Arrow, to get involved in an “Arrow For Dummies” video series. The sounds he gets out Arrow and his guitar about nine and half minutes into the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb699IIuuEw
    were the main reason I decided to make the purchase. In that video he says he uses …
    1. Marshall Plexi Classic
    2. LA2A compressor
    3. Pultec Pro EQ
    4. 610 B used as a driver
    5. Sending to a Precision Reflection Engine
    6. Adverb reverb

    Can we have a more detailed demo of exactly what he is doing, and why, on a AYouTube video?Ask Audio/Mac Pro Video would surely be interested in featuring him doing a course for new Arrow users.

    R. Adams

    February 17, 2018

    unsure

    this setup is becoming a nightmare..

    J. Perez

    February 17, 2018

    mini Monster

    Great Pre Amps, great converters, great plug ins, nice size, 100% portable, all in one box

    l. woochul

    February 17, 2018

    good

    gooooooddd

    s. fortin

    February 16, 2018

    Unsure

    I’m having a lot of problems with this interface

    t. Wright

    February 14, 2018

    Arrow Review

    some initial problems getting it to behave in a cascading setup but standalone it works great. having bus power is HUGE.

    R. Palazzi

    February 14, 2018

    Great!

    Sound great, amazing plugin, the solo Dsp to me looks like a 1,5 core.... Only problem the compatibility on windows with Sonarworks. But it's not their fault... I'm impressed, sound terrific... Well done again UAD. Just push Sonarworks stuff to fix that problem and will be 5 stars!!!

    M. Kato

    February 11, 2018

    Amazing sound! In the studio and everywhere

    I had an 8 channel interface but never recorded more than two tracks in the studio. Bought a 18 channel interface for my band’s live gigs and decided to scale down the studio and get a better sounding interface. The arrow is very practical eith only 1 cable, sounds amazing on my Equator monitors or driving my HD650. The unison technology is amazing, the amps sounds amazing (I’m selling my Atomic Amplifire) and they are very easy to use for practicing and playing along tracks. Unison pres do really give charachter to DI Bass and vocals. Impedance and gain staging on amps means that pedals works gracefully in front of the amp models. The processing power is enough to record through it using some unison models and for a reverb or two on a mix. Very sturdy and sleek looking, a perfect match for the space gray Macbook. Very happy with the purchase, it is way more than just a boring interface: an amazing tool and coolest guitar gadget ever - awesome guitar tones on the go!

    O. Kyoung Seok

    February 9, 2018

    great!

    great!

    D. Corella

    February 9, 2018

    Fantastic!

    Got the Arrow to use as a low latency guitar interface for quickly sketching out ideas. The quality is amazing, it is built like a tank, and as for anyone who says that the UAD solo chip is pointless, well no, it's not if you're using it for printing on single take tracks, in fact it works very well for that.

    A. Bolam

    February 4, 2018

    Solid and intuitive

    As soon as I opened the box I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed... feels like a solid chunk of metal and all the buttons/dials feel well seated.

    Haven’t used it extensively for recordings but what I have done so far sounds clean and uncoloured.

    The additional UAD plugins all sound great (although it is a shame my DAW recognised all the demos as well so I had to do a bit of manual rejigging to see the ones I could actually use).

    In use I particularly liked the way youcan toggle between input and output levels to get a balance for the artist, and having different monitor/headphone levels is a godsend.

    All in all a fantastic piece of kit for the money, just one thing that could be added would be the addition of a Thunderbolt lead - luckily I had one to hand but I could see that annoying other buyers - most other bits of kit include leads (even if they are cheap it at least lets you get started straight away).

    The only other thing to mention is that the output connections can be a little clicky when you are connecting the trs leads, make sure they are fully inserted. I have fairly bulky leads and connecting those was a little challenging as output 1 & 2 are close together.

    But the small niggles aside, couldn’t be happier with the sound quality and sturdiness of this unit.

    G. Stoner

    January 28, 2018

    Solid Portable Audio Interface that is great for Guitar Work and small office.

    After over two weeks with the UAD Arrow, it is just a solid portable audio interface. I love it is a single cable to my MacBook Pro ( Big thank you Sweetwater for throwing in a free .5 m Thunderbolt 3 Cable). The Arrow is small enough to fit into a standard backpack along with headphones. It is also a great for small desk studio solution that is a fantastic alternative to Apogee Duet, Focusrite Clarett, or a Motu.

    At home I run this into Focal CM50 Monitor which it routes audio cleanly too. I have tested a number of headphones with it: Audio Technics ATH-50, AKG 712 Pro, and the more demanding HiFiMan HE-560 Planar Magnetic's. I found all three headphone sound great via the Arrow.

    I have been using it when I mic up my Guitar Speaker Cabinets at home with condenser, ribbon and dynamic mics.

    Also have been trying out plug-ing the the guitars directly into interface and via a guitar pedal chain unfiltered, aka direct into the desk. Then following up with UAD Amp plug-ins: Marshall Plexi; Friedman DS40 & BE100 they are fun to play. Another great direct plug in is the Korg SDD-3000 delay which just sound great. I hit the Arrow with a few Guitars Gibson Les Paul ; Fender PM-1 Deluxe Acoustic, Deluxe Strat & American Special Tele; and Gretsch 6119T Player Edition. Also ran number of Guitar Pedals( Delay, Reverb, Chorus Pedal, Phaser, Vibes) into the front-end. Still looking test it with pre-amp peddle and a few of my fuzzes.

    I was not expecting it to have the DSP performance of Apollo 8, so you need to understand limit of number of number of plus-ins you can run simulatanously on on a single SHARC DSP. So do not go plugin crazy. If I need more processing power look at picking up Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII QUAD. Or you can use an Arrow with a UAD-Satlite Quad when your Docked at home. You still be in for less money then a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII QUAD and you will have 5 DSP's for processing, If you need more performance pick up a Octo for 9 DSP for processing since you going to spend more on SW Plug-in then on the hardware.

    Overall it has been great experience with UAD and the Arrow.