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Serious analog sound for
FireWire-equipped Macs and PCs.


A simple FireWire connection is all it takes to plug your Mac or PC into the world’s finest analog hardware emulations. The UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators offer full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive titles from Studer,® Ampex,® Lexicon,® Neve,® Manley,® SSL® and more.

UAD-2 Satellite packages feature a sleek, ultra-portable FireWire 800-based processing unit, plus the Analog Classics plug-in bundle (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX 64), giving you massive analog character, right out of the box.

Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via FireWire 800 connection

Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, API, MXR, and more

Get a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes

Start mixing right away with the included Analog Classics or Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundles

Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on FireWire-equipped Macs and PCs

Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), and Apollo audio interfaces

UAD: The Industry’s Most Respected Collection of Audio Plug-Ins

UAD: The Industry’s Most Respected Collection of Audio Plug-Ins

From serious home recordists to multi-platinum mix engineers, UAD Powered Plug-Ins have been winning over audio professionals for more than 10 years. The reason is simple. No other plug-ins so faithfully capture the sound and behavior of classic analog equipment — from rare compressors and equalizers, to vintage reverb processors and tape machines.

The UAD library features over 90 plug-ins, co-developed with the biggest brands in audio. These plug-ins can be purchased with UAD-2 hardware from retailers as part of bundled packages, or you can buy UAD plug-ins à la carte from UA’s Online Store.

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Professional QUAD Processing Power, Wherever You Go

Professional QUAD Processing Power, Wherever You Go

Featuring four individual Analog Devices SHARC processors, the UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerator's outboard processing “supercharges” your host computer — letting you run larger mixes, filled with rich, sonically complex plug-ins.

The UAD-2 Satellite can be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator cards and the UAD Apollo interface, for truly scalable mixing power. And because it’s portable, the UAD-2 Satellite lets you travel with your UAD plug-ins, wherever you mix on a FireWire-equipped Mac or PC.

Available as Core or Custom Software Packages

Available as Core or Custom Software Packages

The Core package includes the Analog Classics plug-in bundle, while Custom includes the Analog Classics bundle, and a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration.

UAD Plug-In Craftsmanship: The Science Behind the Scenes

UAD Plug-In Craftsmanship: The Science Behind the Scenes

In developing UAD plug-ins, UA’s engineering group undertakes a thorough physical modeling of classic audio hardware — “rebuilding” vintage analog gear in the digital world, component by component. That’s how UAD plug-ins replicate the exact, sometimes quirky, behavior of analog hardware — bringing its rich, three-dimensional sound and harmonics "in the box."

Upgrade to the Ultimate Collection of UAD Plug‑Ins

Upgrade to the Ultimate Collection of UAD Plug‑Ins

UAD Accelerators include a suite of plug-ins right out of the box, with Teletronix® LA‑2A and UA 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and more. Upgrade to the UAD Ultimate Bundle to get a fully-stocked analog studio at huge savings, with over 100 exclusive titles from Neve,® Ampex,® Lexicon,® SSL,® Fender,® and more.

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Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you’re ready to start mixing with legendary tube gear like the Fairchild® 670 and the Pultec® EQP-1A EQ. You also get a dedicated suite of powerful mixing plug-ins and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

  • UA 610‐B
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • 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
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • 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.

Fairchild<sup>®</sup> 670 (Legacy)

Fairchild® 670 (Legacy)

The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in adds a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.

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.

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.

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.

Key Features

Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via FireWire 800/400 connection
Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more (sold separately)
Includes portable DSP Accelerator unit (FireWire format), plus a choice of Core, Custom or Ultimate UAD plug-in packages
Available in QUAD models with 4 SHARC processors
Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
Allows taking UAD plug-ins “on the road,” mixing on Intel-based Macs and Windows PCs*
Includes Analog Classics Plus (Satellite QUAD) plug-in bundles
Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), and Apollo audio interfaces
VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX 64 support; Mac OS X and Windows compatible

To see full system requirements, click here.

Product Specifications

FireWire 800/400 external enclosure w/ power supply
Desktop dimensions: 6” wide x 8” long x 1” high (weight: 2 lbs)
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz sample rate support
14-day full function demo for all plug-ins; try before you buy

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 Satellite FireWire

Overall Rating

4.7/5
(243)

J. Freeman

June 3, 2024

Amazing gear…for obsolete OS

It’s amazing how well it performs with all the plugins load that I use in my projects. Unfortunately for UAD it’s so hard and complicated to develop new FireWire drivers for newer macOS, so if you’re planning buying one just consider use it for macOS Catalina.

L. Schiappacasse

May 20, 2024

Seamless Integration with USB Apollo Twin for Enhanced DSP Power

The UAD-2 Satellite FireWire is a versatile DSP accelerator that seamlessly integrates with systems using a PCIe FireWire card, making it suitable for both older and modern PCs. Its compatibility extends to working efficiently in combination with a USB Apollo Twin interface, allowing users to expand their processing capabilities significantly. I've successfully combined a USB Apollo Twin with two UAD-2 Satellite FireWire units, enhancing my setup with a robust DSP boost while accessing UAD's comprehensive library of analog emulation plugins. This setup is ideal for project studios and mobile rigs, offering high-quality sound and reliable performance across various audio projects.

c. nagel

May 9, 2024

Dsp power with firewire- solid

I can not reach the limit with the Satellite. But now own two of them, projects getting bigger now:-)

R. Mills

April 13, 2024

Great until I upgraded MacOS

The Satellite has been perfect until I had to upgrade my MacOS to Ventura. Then I lost access to all my UA Plugins. Why? Because UA have withdrawn firewire support from Catalina onwards. The Satellite, which cost 500 UK pounds, is now redundant, and access to my UA plugins no longer possible. Not happy.

C. Hawkins

April 11, 2024

Product Good Customer Service Terrible

I bought this thinking it was coming with plugins. I already have the base package they were giving with this. So i asked for the chance to pick a couple i didnt have and was told that wasnt a option.

j. abelskamp

March 4, 2024

Steady as a rock

Still able to use plenty of plugings after i bought a second one. My 2011 MBP loves it.

D. Benamou

January 12, 2024

UAD-2 Satellite FireWire

QUE DU BONHEUR !!!!!!!

G. Spiridion

January 7, 2024

Very Good

I love it.
Great hardware. I can use more UA Plugins.

P. Pereira

January 3, 2024

Strange...

UAD plugin have a great sound. But...

I have a native UAD plugin and the same in satellite set.
I don't understand why in cubase Pro 13 (Windows 11),
The native LA-2A silver loaded with 2.0 ms of latency
The Satellite LA-2A silver loaded with 25.9 ms of latence...

J. Ginesta

January 2, 2024

CAT - Una segona vida al meu Mac // ESP - Una segunda vida a mi Mac

CAT - Tinc un Macbook Pro del 2015 que no pot suportar el workflow del Logic Pro. Gràcies a aquesta unitat Satellite he aconseguit dues coses, millorar l’experiència de produir i aconseguir una qualitat en el so que fins ara no tenia.
ESP - Tengo un Macbook Pro de 2015 que no puede soportar el workflow de Logic Pro. Gracias a esta unidad Satellite he logrado dos cosas, mejorar la experiencia de producir y conseguir una calidad en el sonido que hasta ahora no tenía.

T. VELLY

December 10, 2023

This is my second Satellite…

… easy to install and immediately doubled the Sat’s CPU capacity for more plugins usage and a big improvement of my mixes !! Love it…

P. Ribeiro

December 9, 2023

mesmo em 2023 ainda vale a pena se voce tiver entrada fireware na sua maquina.

já tinha uma UAD-QUAD e acabei comprando outra e ligando as duas em serie folgou o meu sistema demasiadamente e me deu possibilidade de pendurar diversos plugins sem ter prblemas com DSP

T. Holmes

December 2, 2023

Most Excellent!

This is my second FireWire Satellite and a great way to add 4 more cores to my system. Highly recommend!

P. Blake

November 19, 2023

I want to be able to continue use of my UAD-2 Satellite FireWire with the latest versions of MacOs

I love your plugins however I want to be able to use my UAD-2 Satellite FireWire which is no longer supported by the latest versions of Universal Audio drivers. Surely this is something that can be tweek within the drivers so the life of the UAD-2 Satellite FireWire can continue to be used along side all of my UAD plug-ins that are not yet usable with UA Connect.

F. BELLU

November 13, 2023

This is simply a disgrace

How can UAD sell Firewire hardware when it's no longer supported by the latest versions of MacOs and by Universal Audio in their latest versions of UAD drivers???
Isn't this a real problem of ethics and deontology?
Tell me if I've missed anything, but this is simply a disgrace.

D. Benamou

October 28, 2023

UAD-2 Satellite FireWire

So good !!!!!! live UA & team UA...

J. Lanier

October 20, 2023

Satellite FireWire

As far as the satellite it's good having 4 extra processors my only complaint is the plugins should be able to swap out for a different list instead of getting the same bundle over and over and over Other than that uad is wonderful gave it 4 stars because of that one issue with the bundle plugins

I. Law

September 21, 2023

Monster Beats Publishing; The UAD Satellite Firewire a Dependable source of DSP.

The UAD Satellite Firewire provides a dependable source of DSP, once connected fast registration. I was surprised, as soon as I powered the unit the website recognized the Satellite 2. Boom registration is complete. The website appeared automatically. being able to run up to 37 stereo plug-ins with UAD plus My own CPU. Great addition to any project studio

L. PATRICK

September 9, 2023

UAD-2 Satellite FireWire Duo

Nice sturdy unit , helps relive my computer on processing UAD plugins . Just not fond of the table top unit, like all other equipment needs to be rack mounted.

S. Prunner

September 7, 2023

A different Dimension

Bought the Satellite Quad as it was on sale with expectations not hanging very high as most „true analog“ emulations truly sucked compared to the real stuff I own. So after trying the included bundle (it sucks, compared to the Big Name’s emulations) I decided to buy the Fairchild collection as it was on sale too and I was always keen for hearing something close to that unit. Well, it blew me out of my pants. That sound is as close to the real gear as software can get. Already thinking about getting an Apollo to use the Unison slot for a nice 1084 Jam session with my Guitar