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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, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina

  • 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

M. Paxman

May 28, 2020


This frees up native resources and means tracking and mixing when using UAD plugins is so much better. Less CPU overload means you can relax knowing you are not maxing out your system.
I wish I'd bought it ages ago.

C. Jackson

May 25, 2020


Bought this for luna to work and its still not working please help

S. Osman

May 25, 2020

Does what but says

Does what it says and it looks nice

R. Walsh

May 24, 2020


This is a must have item for any serious mixing! Flawless and never out of DSP!

S. Cozens

May 23, 2020

Super-charged system

Great piece of kit - completely revolutionizes my UAD set up. Rockin'!

C. Vazquez

May 20, 2020

Great gear

What an incredible piece of hardware! It’s literally impossible to run out of dsp now!!!

M. Gonzalez

May 19, 2020

Increased throughput

The Uad Satelite 2 Octo core thunderbolt 3 enjoys increased throughput put and now connects with thunderbolt 3 laptops seamlessly. I do wish they would have added two thunderbolt 2 ports as well for connecting with the thunderbolt 2 version of the octo, but this can easily be achieved with adapters. The product does what it says it will add processing power to your Windows or Mac Computer for the plugins.

E. Espinosa

May 18, 2020

Outstanding performance and quality!!!

Ever since I got my Apollo twin I fell in love with the fact that I didn’t have to tax my computer’s CPU however as mixes were more complex I’d run out of DSP so I researched about the Satellite DSP accelerator and got the OCTO which was in special and maN, it literally feels like I upgraded from a 2 cylinder turbo to a 10 cylinder muscle beast!!! Absolutely recommend it to anyone that wants to take their music to another level.

S. Manuaba

May 17, 2020

happy for mixing

im glad to have it, so i can mix with o powerfull of plugin from UAD, make a better life

I. Cruz

May 15, 2020


very good and efficient

W. Langlet

May 14, 2020

Does exactly what it should

Good piece of gear.
Great amount of dsp for what I need.

R. Clabby

May 13, 2020

Finally took the plunge. So worth it!!

I'd been thinking about an Octo for a while. Now I can run larger mixes and multiple instances of all my favorite UAD plugs without having to freeze tracks and find workarounds. Ultimately I get better sounds faster, so I'm happy.

M. Steele

May 12, 2020

Doesn't work!

Continuous error code 38. Doesn't work with any newer plugins. and has completely ruined my workflow. What a complete waste of time and money!!

M. Aitken

May 11, 2020

Easiest effective thing ever.

After downloading capitol chambers I was running out of processing power almost immediately. I added this satellite to my thunderbolt chain and was immediately back in business! Super easy and effective, I love it.


May 8, 2020

Value for Money

Yes, it was a good and right decision to get this device - and even combine it with the Ultra 8 Bundle. Sound, quality etc. - all very, very good. But, for whatever reason, I quickly reach 50 percent - even just I have few tracks with vocals. What do I do wrong?

C. Park

May 8, 2020


I think the octo is better if possible.

G. Hipwell

May 6, 2020

I love UA plugins.

I love being able to actually use 30+ UA plugins on a mix without having to commit tracks. The flexibility is priceless. Hardware works flawlessly. A necessary for getting my production to the next level.

B. Ingels

May 5, 2020

More processing power!

Now I can mix with UAD plugins on many tracks. This thing is so useful, I'm considering purchasing an Octo

A. Potapov

May 5, 2020

Plenty of power!

My unit is OCTO powered. I got is as a part of Apollo promotion and it is a useful, valuable addition to my setup. Provides enough horsepower for my mixing projects.
I only wish UA found some way to make it work with Luna software. As of now you can only use it in other DAWs for mixing and using UAD plugins (in you have an Apollo, it's only usable for mixing basically).

M. Brown

May 5, 2020

I've Got The Power!

The extra DSP provided with the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 has given more freedom and creativity in my mix flow.