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


January 18, 2020

superbe, rien à dire..

Superbe, rien à dire, ça ronronne tout seul ..

S. Boyer

January 17, 2020

Satellite thunderbolt 3


B. Marini

January 16, 2020

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 Is Now In The House!!!!

Could not wait for my Satellite to get to my studio! It's a comfort to know I have extended my processing power for the work I do!!! It was really cool getting it as a promotion when I bought my X8 Rack!!! UA has got it all together with great hardware and amazing plugs! I am very happy with my x4/x8/Satellite system!!!

A. Booty

January 15, 2020

Never failed!

This is the 5th UAD2 in our system and our first thunderbolt product with windows os. Plug it and straight away the unit was detected in windows. Registered and all good to go.

M. Keilhauer

January 14, 2020

Enhanced Options

Super easy to setup and really enhances your options for uad plugin usage.

O. Dramaretskiy

January 14, 2020

Good Work!!!

want to use more plugins

J. Johnson

January 13, 2020

Necessary purchase

Not only is this the interface amazing but with extra DSP power you really get the full experience. I’ll be getting another one very soon. This is worth every penny along with interface especially if you have a Duo or Quad Core Interface. Will be extremely helpful!

N. Paraoulakis

January 13, 2020


excellent product!!! very happy with my purchase! great plugins! great support!! great upgrade for my system!!thank you UAD!thank you!!

T. Payne

January 10, 2020

Good to go.....sweet.

This piece of gear compliment the rest of my UA audio gear, my Apollo X8 my Apollo twin and also my other Apollo UAD 2 satellite ,I now have a powerhouse in my studio.

s. matthews

January 10, 2020

External UAD Processing

I have had two uad interfaces. I currently have the apollo x8 because of the epic promotion of the free uad-2 satellite. I have also had a uad-2 satellite Thunderbolt 2 unit before. It was in fact my first uad unit and an excellent and affordable way to get into the universe of uad plugins. Some of the plugins are cpu intensive. So having an external cpu just for processing plugins is priceless. I now have 10 cores of uad processing. I feel like the king

G. Coladarci

January 10, 2020

Ensure you know what you’re getting

I took advantage of the deal to get the free satellite if I purchase the 8xp only to find out
1) it doesn’t work unless your computer has extra ports for it; you can’t daisy chain
2) it doesn’t actually do anything unless you are using UA plugins while mixing (versus using the console app, which happens to be my primary use case)
3) it doesn’t seem possible to buy a hub to “split” my one thunderbolt port as that “isn’t a thing”.

So basically I got to buy a new computer if I want to use this.

All of this is documented online but you know... didn’t see any of it.

A. Reynolds

January 7, 2020

Pack a punch without hitting your computer

What can I say? This bad-boy gave me enough DSP processing power to use the best of the best plugins without worrying about running out of DSP. If you're looking to make several tracks sound great and aren't 100% into committing your plugins to tracks, the Satellite gives you that piece of mind. 10/10, would buy again.

D. Glaser

January 7, 2020

As advertised, nice addition!

This along with my Apollo X8 is a perfect combination to use with the UAD plugins that I now own.

H. Song

January 6, 2020

Good expansion for your DSP power

but what a pity, cannot be used in console app.

B. Etter

January 4, 2020

As advertised, nice addition!

Powerful piece that runs very stable and integrates perfectly with my Apollo x6. Excellent set-up for ITB mixing!

B. Etter

January 4, 2020

As advertised, nice addition!

Powerful piece that runs very stable and integrates perfectly with my Apollo x6. Excellent set-up for ITB mixing!

S. Laudadio

January 4, 2020

Just happy

Just really happy to own it...really effective ! Once You know it, You cannot stay without..

H. Bendall

January 3, 2020

Another great product!

UAD just doesn’t come up with anything bad. UAD is the only reason that I mix entirely in the box. UAD, some FabFilter stuff and some Soundtoys stuff. Matchless, wonderful hardware and software from UAD. Thank you so very much!

E. Stokes

January 2, 2020

No More Latency issues!

Love this piece! This along with my Apollo X8 is a perfect combination to use what plugins I want with no DSP issues!!!

T. Wang

January 1, 2020

this good!