UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

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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.

Now You Can:

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

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 System Requirements


  • Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included)

  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins

  • Compatible plug-in host DAW software

  • 6 gigabytes available storage


  • Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave

  • Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connections require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (not included)


  • Available Thunderbolt 3 port

  • Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

Overall Rating

C. Davies

February 27, 2020

Octo Satellite

Extremely happy with the Octo Satellite.
Very nicely built and easy to set up
I can use all my plugins now without running out of space
10/10 UA thanks so much

A. Lakkis

February 26, 2020

Octo massive

Yes yes! Now I can run a wide array of UAD plugins without even thinking of exhausting the system. So happy :)

J. Vest

February 25, 2020

... Great box of fire ...

Very usefull for my portable setup ... not as heavy as a real echoplex tapedelay ..(I bought the ep-34 tapedelay emulation- and it sounds amazing) . ! Looking forward to dive more into other plugins ...

B. Lam

February 24, 2020

I am still waiting my replacement unit.

Would you please tell me when the replacement unit arrive Hong Kong?

S. Norge

February 23, 2020

UAD-2 Satellite perfect companion with my Apollo X

The new Satellite 2 is a perfect companion with my Apollo X6. Gives me enough power for most productions, especially when using the wonderful UAD Lexicon-reverbs!! Running all these units with a MiniMac is just a really good match and working 24/7 without any hazzle!

M. Cartwright

February 21, 2020

more power

I have 4 more chips to work with. more power is always good.

S. Headley

February 19, 2020

The Extra DSP I Needed

It's the extra DSP I needed. Seamlessly integrates with the rest of my UA system. Love it!

a. friesen

February 19, 2020

DSP Freedom with OCTO 8 Sattelite!!

I purchased the UAD Satellite OCTO 8 Thunderbolt 2 after getting the advice from UA's Help Desk.This has taken a huge work load from my new Mac.With 14 Sharc Processors in my arsenal i am now able to use the most DSP hungry plugins to my hearts desire without fear.Giving my Mixes 3D depth,and massive warm tone!!Thanks Universal Audio for bringing the World of Pro Recording to the Audio Masses!!I am so looking forward to Spring 2020 when LUNA is released.Cheers!!!


February 18, 2020

It does what it does

Very easy set up. works fast and great looking.
I want to use as many UAD plugins as I want to use and this gets it done. Solid metal. Works with my Apollo twin X quad seamlessly.

J. B

February 17, 2020


Works great, easy install and great plugins.

H. Holzheu

February 17, 2020

DSP Power Extension

The best Extension for my X8p. So much Power for my Plugin Collection. I am happy. Thank you UAD.

H. Holzheu

February 17, 2020

DSP Power Extension

Best Extension for my X8P. So much Power for my Plugin Collection. I am happy. Thank you UAD.

P. Birladeanu

February 14, 2020

My setup it's complete

The Satellite with my Twin MK2 and the X6 makes the perfect team for my work and my needs.

G. Prestopino

February 12, 2020

Works fine

Just as advertised. Allows me to use more juicy UAD plugins. Where's the downside?

N. Dello Sbarba

February 12, 2020

as fast as lighte

nice little portable processor

A. Sivers

February 11, 2020

The interface is amazing! BUT am having an issue

Receiving -38 error on occasion, not sure what’s causing it, always after a little trouble shooting I get it running again but is causing I convince because then it won’t run the plugins. Anyway... LOVE the interface I’m so amazed by the power and beauty! I have control over the monitor volume separate from recording and my raw violin and vocals sound so much better it’s incredible!!! Love you guys

R. Kley

February 10, 2020

Promises Made Promises Kept

Another excellent hassle free UAD Product. My expectation for UAD is up there with Apple. Why? They are an elite brand with products and services that are best in class among their competition. I don’t ever expect them to fail and if they do, I expect them to make it right—every time. This Satellite Thunderbolt 3 works perfect...packed like a champ with superb support online.

W. Talen

February 9, 2020

Solid stuff!!!!

Well build equipment. Does what it should do.

J. Honeybrook-Carter

February 8, 2020

Great DSP boost for home studio

I received a free Satellite Quad during the Apollo X series deal. It does what it says. Easy to set up and authorise for your UA plugins. Adds some extra processing load to my APollo X6 based rig. It looks great and seems to have high quality build, just like the Apollo series of interfaces.

If I was buying one I'd probably go for the Octo model.

While these are a great addition to your rig they are fairly expensive for what you get.

J. White

February 8, 2020

Added Horsepower

I bought an Apollo x8 and this came for free. I don’t run out of dsp resources with my workflow. I was at 80% with a heavy load without it. I haves passed 50% with it.