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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

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Customer Reviews

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

Overall Rating


E. Aho

July 9, 2024


These Sharc CPU chips are technology from about 2006. The board on the Satellites lasts about 8 years at the outside. Once the board goes bad it will cost you close to $800 to fix it. Or you have to buy a new one for $1000+. Guaranteed obsolescence and guaranteed profit for Universal Audio unless you just want to sell the plugins you've invested thousands of dollars in.

m. stallings

July 9, 2024


didnt want to make this purchase...but, since I'm using UAD Luna almost exclusively, I was having to freeze a lot of tracks using my apollo twn...Freezing is a great feature of Luna, but cumbersome with mix flow....not sure why its so expensive, but???
since Im almost exclusively using UAD software.....glad I bit the bullet.
It sounds like there will be less and less need for DSP with UAD in the future, but I suspect it will be years before this quad is obsolete?

k. kostoglou

July 4, 2024


with my apollo twin and the satellite i got all i want!

k. kostoglou

July 4, 2024


with my apollo twin and the satellite i got all i want!

b. otsoua

June 30, 2024

Otsoua b un plus sur la chaine

possédant déjà plusieurs plugins, j e m'attendais avoir lors de l'achat du satellite d'autres, .Bref il fonctionne bien c'est plus pour mon studio je suis satisfait

K. Sluiter

June 11, 2024

no substitute for dedicated DSP

As much as I love and use the Spark plug in offerings, the plug in's that I use day to day require the dedicated DSP that only the satellites offer. I often create mixes that evoke the era of large format mixing consoles and racks of digital reverb-all at 96K! There is no other way I know of to create that other than having a pile of UAD plugs.

T. VanOstrand

June 11, 2024

The sound of Freedom

I got the Octo accelerator and I love it. No more juggling plug ins to audition them on tracks and when I find a chain that works there is no compromising. Between the Native and Apollo only plugins my mixes have never sounded better.

J. Ross

May 2, 2024

It’s a life saver.

If you don’t know already, Apollo plug-ins use a lot of DSP. I’m new to recording so I bought a Twin X and it really didn’t have enough DSP for me and I don’t use a lot of tracks. Anyway, a friend turned me onto this and now I’m rocking! Lots of power and I can record and mix without worrying about running out gas. I now have ten cards instead of two and it’s cheaper than upgrading to a bigger interface. Highly recommended!

V. Anand

April 10, 2024

Octo Core TB3

Really can’t go anywhere with big sessions without extra DSP. Went for the octo in the hope I didn’t need anymore - all worked out. Also the size of the unit is the same as an Apollo Twin :)

K. Hankins

April 10, 2024


Authorization was a headache. Tech support via email only took 1.5 weeks. But quickly once addressed, very powerful unit

K. Hankins

April 10, 2024


Authorization was a headache. Tech support via email only took 1.5 weeks. But quickly once addressed, very powerful unit

K. Hankins

April 10, 2024


Authorization was a headache. Tech support via email only took 1.5 weeks. But quickly once addressed, very powerful unit

C. Gharbi

April 5, 2024

Le top

Cela m’a permis de changer ma façon de mixer
Je n’ai plus les yeux sur le DSP
donc me concentrer sur mon mix

B. Bolger

March 30, 2024

Love it, takes a load off my CPU but...

docking a star off because it should really come with more plugins at that price. In practice you only really get two decent go-to plugs. La-2a and 1176. And they're the old ones that done't have headroom dial and resizing options like the newer versions available natively. I've just paid 999 euro and then it's only another €53 for the essentials in 'my offers' to get a few more plug-ins. Seems like such a small amount relative to the 1k I just spent, why not just through that essentials collection in.

S. Liogier

March 28, 2024


Le satellite Quad est le complément idéal et très rapidement indispensable pour une carte Apollo Twin, afin de pouvoir exploiter totalement la qualité des plug-in Uad lors du mix.

g. 龚德银

March 22, 2024



g. 龚德银

March 22, 2024




March 22, 2024


It works

C. Brown

March 17, 2024

Why did I wait so long?

The UAD-2 Satellite is a fantastic piece of kit. No more bouncing or freezing tracks. I am able to mix without thinking about DSP resource management. I am very happy and the OCTO over the Quad version is a bargain. But if your present need or budget is for the Quad version, don’t hesitate, pull the trigger you will not be disappointed.

A. Hogu

March 14, 2024


I started out with the native plugins and was blown away. So I purchased UAD-2 and a bundle. Great quality sound