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.

*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 or 10.13 High Sierra

      • (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

      4.3/5
      (80 reviews)

      M. Mandambu

      September 6, 2018

      ARROW & WINDOWS/ I need help!!!

      Hello everybody I need your help right now, I bought the same super optical Interface Arrow but I actually can not use that because of the original cable thunderbolt 3 (40gb/s, 100w or 60w) to USB connection. I can not find this cable it's so difficult to find that cable here in Berlin. Does somebody know where i can buy this thunderbolt3 cable to USB-connection, pls? Look, I use windows PC and its doesn't got Typ-C.
      I thank you in advance.

      s. thomas

      September 3, 2018

      2 inputs and a perfect world

      ..it suits all my needs of modern troubadour...and more

      N. Green

      August 28, 2018

      Arrow - wow

      So far I have used the Arrow inside and out on location. In the case of the latter in archaeoacoustic research coupled to a pair of Earthworks mics to record a reconstructed Celtic drum in Caves used during the Iron Age. It behaved flawlessly and the results are stunning. No plugins were used for this location recording and the Mic. Pres are pristine.
      In music production the Arrows ability to insert colouration at the preamp stage is fantastic, only using the 610 at the moment but some Neve and API’s will be added soon. In operation the interface is superb, logical and intuitive. The sound quality, conversion and zero latency are the best I’ve come across. The ability to record on the go from the bus power was the main reason for my choice due to academic research but as long as I don’t need multiple record buses simultaneously in the studio I can’t see myself using anything else. The included plugin set are great to get you started but the choice of available emulations and quality are also the best. I run a large audio engineering course at university and have access and use of high end Protools HD systems and plugins from a variety of manufacturers. However since prchasing an Apollo 8 for one of our surround mixdown suites last year UAD was the first choice for a new portable interface for my personal set up.

      E. Cordero

      August 22, 2018

      El Final

      C. Ehler

      August 20, 2018

      Great sound and portable

      This thing sounds great and because it’s bus powered it makes a great portable studio with my MacBook Pro .

      R. Gazan

      August 13, 2018

      Just wow!

      I'm just in awe with the quality of the arrow, love the whole unison thing! Finally back to writing some music again now that it's fun again!

      b. benhaim

      August 8, 2018

      Arrow & Macbook pro

      Great sound. Very easy to work with this nomad interface. I dont have any regret. Perfect association with a macbook pro and DAW. Besides, DSP and UA Plugins seems to be very interessant.

      A. Diederich

      July 28, 2018

      Sounds great, an entry into an addictive world

      Dramatic improvement over cheaper units. Compact, built like a tank. A little limiting having to have thunderbolt 3, but the interface is great for latency and for speed. I have only had a couple of times that it decided not to be recognized in windows 10, but I had updated other drivers. That just seems to happen to me for external devices in general. Still would welcome further developments with this, but I had that with prior USB units as well.

      D. Ivanov

      July 22, 2018

      Windows 10 Driver

      make the drivers adequate for the delay in Windows 10

      J. Sherman

      July 8, 2018

      Perfect complement to MacBook Pro

      I love this thing. The build quality is outstanding and ibeing bus-powered makes it a perfect complement to a MacBook Pro for the on-the-go mixer or producer. Frankly I am amazed they stuffed all the features this thing has for the price it sells at. My only nit is I would have loved to have seen a DUO instead of SOLO SHARC DSP. Highly recommended.

      K. Kouchian

      July 7, 2018

      good build but...

      It's nicely built, sounds perfect, but for the price we would really expect more features.
      UA could have implemented the ADAT input on this, this is not a pricey feature. and with such entry price a midi in and out would have been smart.
      In the studio I don't need my converters to have a midi interface, but with such portable device it feels a bit like a cheap move.
      I hope they will switch to ARM for processing power in the near future and we might get lower cost in the end, if they don't do it the AVID way...

      UAD User

      July 6, 2018

      Podcastに使うにもベストな1台

      Podcast収録用に購入しました。
      シンプルで使いやすくて音も良く、音楽制作だけではなくPodcastにもとてもいい製品だと思います。
      またUADプラグインを使うことでレコーディングスタジオで録音しているかのごとく収録ができるのも魅力の1つで、音作りにも積極的に挑戦できます。
      コストパフォーマンスに非常に優れたオーディオインターフェイスの1台だと思います。

      UAD User

      July 2, 2018

      Great Sound, Great Studio tool, awesome price

      UAD is better. Period. Direct comparison between waves, slate and UAD plugins. UAD is better.

      The sound of the interface is also crystal clear, super low latency.

      The only disadvantage of this product: you got to choose your plugins wisely, otherwise the DSP is running out of capacity.

      V. David

      June 20, 2018

      Just Perfect

      Best value for the money!.. great sound card and the free UAD plugins that come with it is awesome! i just feel , if they only had included a thunderbolt 3 cable along with it . it would have been great!

      M. Johnsen

      June 18, 2018

      Changed my workflow!

      The Arrow is everything I needed in a compact and portable interface. The almost zero latency while using a myriad of amazing plugins is great for fine tuning the sound going into Logic Pro X on the fly. The plugin bundle that comes with it is about everything you'd need to start a new song when you are on the go and the inspiration hits you! It's my first UAD product and it definitely won't be the last.

      t. Lawrence

      June 12, 2018

      Arrow- Right on Point

      The Arrow is amazing! It sounds great! The build is great.most of all I love the fact that it is Bus Powered and can actually work in situations with no power such as airplanes etc...

      H. Hackmann

      June 12, 2018

      First impression

      After several on-the-go recordings with PT and MacBook Pro I've to admit that it works pretty well and painless. Using the unison plugins while tracking is awesome, no latency.
      In addition to my Apollo the Arrow is of value.

      R. Steinke

      June 2, 2018

      Love it!

      Great interface & sound, great plugins and Thunderbolt 3 works perfectly.

      G. OHALLORAN

      June 1, 2018

      Instant Perfection

      I have an Apollo 16 , for my studio But this little Arrow is a Godsent for the Road in bed you never know when Lightning Striket. I’m ready

      L. Liu

      June 1, 2018

      INCREDIBLE: The Arrow is a game changer

      The Arrow is INCREDIBLE!! I'm using it with a Macbook Pro and Logic Pro X. I'm a pro guitarist, and I wanted a system to record acoustic guitar at a very high level. The Arrow does this beautifully. The UAD system integrates easily with my computer and Logic without any technical difficulties. The sound is amazing: pro recording studio quality. It just WORKS. I feel so liberated now, I can literally record ANYWHERE. If you choose your plugins wisely that don't require huge DSP loads (such as the Neve Preamp and Neve 1081 EQ) you can use quite a few plugins at once on the single DSP chip in The Arrow. Thank you UA for making an amazing product, and I'm so glad to have entered the Universal Audio universe!