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Get the rich analog sound of UAD plug-ins over Thunderbolt.

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt is a powerhouse DSP accelerator that gives Mac and Windows 10 users complete access to the world’s most detailed and authentic analog emulation plug-ins, available exclusively on the UAD platform.

Bolstered by next-generation connectivity, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 lets you run large professional mixes with the rich analog character of award-winning UA-developed plug-ins, including exclusive titles from Neve, Fender, Lexicon, Studer, and many more. Plus, it’s backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 UA devices.

Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins on compatible Thunderbolt Mac or Windows 10 systems

Get a massive DSP boost for powering large professional mixes

Access over 100 plug-ins from Ampex,® Lexicon,® Helios,® Studer,® Neve,® Manley,® Capitol Studios,® API, and more

Start mixing right away with the included Analog Classics Plus plug‑in bundle

Get the sound of a professional analog studio “on the road,” courtesy of UAD plug‑ins

Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s) and Thunderbolt-equipped Satellites and UA 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 15 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 100 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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Powerful, Expandable Processing

Powerful, Expandable Processing

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 is available in QUAD or OCTO models with either four or eight SHARC processors, respectively. It can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator cards and Thunderbolt-equipped UA Audio Interfaces, including Arrow, Apollo Twin, and Apollo X interfaces for truly scalable mixing power.

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 acclaimed engineers undertake intensive physical modeling of classic audio hardware — “rebuilding” vintage analog gear in the digital world, component by component. UAD plug-ins replicate the exact, sometimes quirky behavior of the most prized analog hardware in existence, bringing you rich, three-dimensional sound and harmonics "in the box.”

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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 Thunderbolt 3 on modern Mac and Windows 10 systems (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 devices)

4 (QUAD) or 8 (OCTO) SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes

Access over 100 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Helios, and more

Includes Analog Classics Plus bundle featuring Legacy editions of LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176 Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins, plus 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more

Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Live, and more

Combine with other Thunderbolt-equipped UAD-2 devices including PCIe card(s), UA Audio Interfaces, and additional Satellites

Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals

Also available with Custom software packages featuring user-selectable plug-ins

To see full system requirements, click here.

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

Overall Rating


C. Lema

February 16, 2024

Lo mejor

No puede faltar en mi studio móvil mi laptop y mis audífonos música donde quiera que voy ,

C. Lema

February 16, 2024

Lo mejor .!!

No puede faltar en mi mochila con mi laptop es una de mis herramientas de producción en mi studio movil ….

益. 飯田

February 13, 2024


It's a wonderful product including cost performance‼︎

C. Joly

January 30, 2024

So useful !

A solid box that provides ease of use and adds power to all Daw Projects . Like having my DAW and my CPU on Steroids . Love it !

G. Mahn

January 20, 2024

A sturdy and powerful little box!

The Octo is plugged in and rocking with my Apollo Twin… a sturdy and powerful little box! The additional DSP makes mixing in Luna and Pro Tools with UAD plugins a breeze. Definitely worth the expense for the value added. Highly recommend!

F. Verjux

January 19, 2024

Extend done

It really gives more power for my DAW

M. Naw

January 14, 2024


I Like

D. C

January 8, 2024

Love my uad so much I made a mount for it

Check out this mount for anyone who has a UAD satellite:

M. Wouters

January 4, 2024

Lots of extra power

I started out using the Apollo twin and soon needed extra processing power. The combination with the Satellite Octo is perfect, price wise an amazing deal to now have 10 processors for around 2k and I only need 2 inputs so this exceeds the use of an Apollo 8 for me.

J. Neilis

December 16, 2023

OCTO UAD Satellite

Now I can add even more great sounding vibes to a mix. Thanks to Uad OCTO.
I wish there was a robust way to use uad plugins in a live sound environment - like a new liverack.

R. Steen

December 8, 2023

Great but won’t work for me.

I purchased this hoping to use it while tracking. Found out it can only be used for mixing. Sent it back to the retailer I bought it from.

E. Reynolds

December 6, 2023

UAD-2 Satellite-- A necessary addition!

Let's start with the obvious, the UAD-2 Satellite is a wonderfully engineered piece of hardware. The unboxing experience is pleasant and the provided imagery gives you a brief hint of heritage, further adding to the assurance of a good purchase. The unit itself is sturdy, metal, and has a girthy power switch that imparts a satisfying clink when engaged. I opted for the Octo thunderbolt 3 interface which allows daisy chaining from my Mac mini to the satellite and then to my Apollo. After authorizing plugins you're off to work. The 8 SHARC chips allow you to employ many more time-based effects and plugins that may have been used sparingly-- Neve 88rs this means you. If you are working in the box and want to have a complete console experience, you may need two.


December 3, 2023

I love it UAD

I love it UAD

P. Chrastil

November 30, 2023


turbo power

D. Devion

November 24, 2023

More DSP!

Was running out of DSP when opening projects in Logic, very frustrating going through the mixer, finding and reenabling plugins. The Octo fixed that problem and also allows much more freedom and flexibility auditioning alternative settings and using LUNA.

W. Dziedzicki

November 24, 2023


Considering that I don't record much on my own equipment, I travel to different studios, mix and need my set of plug-ins (of which I have plenty at UA) wherever I go. This equipment rocks.

S. Hickman

November 20, 2023

So far exactly what I expected

I moved from a Mac Pro 5,1 to a M2 Mac Studio. Lots of changes. And one of the biggest was moving from PCI UAD-2 card to a Thunderbolt Satellite. After a month there's been no issues. And I don't expect any.

j. paredes

November 17, 2023

Puro poder

Por fin puedo realizar mis producciones sin problemas
Pero pienso dar solo una oportunidad para actualizarse a complete ,mientras se produce el registro del hardware,no es nada bueno para los usuarios.creo que deberían dar al menos otra oportunidad y reconocerte los pluggin de los cuales se posee dos licencias

K. Nolan

November 16, 2023

Thunderbolt out of the blue

Was running out of DSP with my mixes really quickly, frustrated it was time to purchase the octo, Christmas came early this year, so much more power for my mixes!

R. Rasiński

November 6, 2023


After many tests of the native versions, I came to the conclusion that the UAD versions work slightly better sonically, so I took advantage of the promotion for the OCTO model and I am very pleased :)