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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Upgrade to the Ultimate Collection of UAD Plug‑Ins

Upgrade to the Ultimate Collection of UAD Plug‑Ins

UAD Accelerators include a suite of plug-ins right out of the box, with Teletronix® LA‑2A and UA 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and more. Upgrade to the UAD Ultimate Bundle to get a fully-stocked analog studio at huge savings, with over 100 exclusive titles from Neve,® Ampex,® Lexicon,® SSL,® Fender,® and more.

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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, 10.15 Catalina, or 11 Big Sur

  • 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

B. Tari

January 22, 2021


Recommended for all households! :)

M. Kirk

January 21, 2021


It doesn't get any better than this folks.... Simply Honest True Mixes that duplicate exactly what you hear in real life but even warmer and more musical!! Universal Audio has mastered making digital sound like what we always loved about 2" Tape and have made it more clear sounding while keeping the warmth. Unbelievable !!

N. Hill

January 21, 2021

DSP Boost!

Amazing product, build quality is absolutely superb and with four cores I shouldn’t run out of DSP for a little while!

m. luna lengua

January 21, 2021

revision de dsp uad

bueno como siempre he dicho uad son equipos fantásticos, que proporcionan gran calidad a mi trabajo, pero me esta presentando un error el satellite 038 y me gustaría
que la empresa uad me facilitara buenas respuesta a la hora de realizar soporte, ya que muchas de las preguntas no me solucionan en el soporte técnico de los diferentes problemas que se me han presentado

W. Shuang

January 21, 2021

UAD had me

Now I can play with UAD plugins everywhere with ease! Considering upgrade my duo apollo to quad now.

W. Shuang

January 21, 2021

UAD had me

Now I can play with UAD plugins everywhere with ease! Considering upgrade my duo apollo to quad now.

B. Eldridge

January 20, 2021

Power to the people

I always wanted to try UAD gear, and plugins, I’m glad I did though I’m paying the price, not cheap, but it’s been worth it for the noticeable improvements in my sound and workflow. And enjoyment again! I love the build quality of this unit, the additional 8 cores means I can mix at home without having to move my other units! It’s super well built, easy to set up, works as it should and well worth it for bigger mixes! I was getting maxed out as I like to use multiple reverbs and experiment lots, so having the extra power is well worth it. I would happily use this just to use the UAD plugins even if I didn’t have an interface. It is a big cost, but the joy of having access to the UAD plugins is well worth it. The emulations are outstanding and very close to the real stuff. I wish I had this years ago.

R. Conner

January 19, 2021

Buy this box!

Honestly it does exactly what you imagine it does. I constantly ran into walls with my laptop-based setup. Creativity would collapse my CPU. Then I finally bit the bullet and purchased UA products. Not only are the plugins heads-and-shoulders above the rest, but this little box means that I can run plugin after plugin after plugin and NEVER STOP MY CREATIVE FLOW. I have not hit the wall of this thing yet! It works flawlessly and it is super compact. BUY THIS BOX if you are in need of more UA processing power. You will not be disappointed.

A. Guerra

January 18, 2021

More UA Power

Now I have more DSP power for my mixing and productions. Works perfectly with my Apollo Twin

F. Meng

January 14, 2021


very good

P. Sabourin

January 14, 2021

Problème de surcharge

Tout simplement parfait pour libérer de la mémoire.

C. Lara Sanhueza

January 11, 2021


Simplemente un monstruo, con 8 core más los 2 de mi Apollo. Quedé listo para empezar a mezclar al máximo.

P. Belliveau

January 11, 2021


Absolutely amazing product !! love it

T. Delfini

January 9, 2021


This is litteraly a Life saver!

D. Fernandez

January 8, 2021


Wonderfully quick and the plug-ins as always, sound great. Not sexy, but it does an amazing job.

A. Litvack

January 8, 2021

Long time user. Still impressed

I’ve been a UAD user since the UAD1 days, moved to UAD cards and then onto the Apollo system in 2014. I’ve just upgraded to the x6 to expand and must say I’m still amazed at the quality for $ that UAD provides. The satellite only added the experience. The converters have let me gain a clarity in detail that is really notable and the connectivity has allowed me to easily integrate my whole studio.
Bravo UAD. Keep up the great work.

W. Coleman

January 7, 2021

Best UAD purchase

I have a UAD Apollo twin x Duo and many plugins which use a lot of DSP power and this has been so helpful!!!

UAD User

January 5, 2021

Wish customers could get some form of give aways!!

I am now the proud owner of most of UAD’s hardware, from the Solo to apollo x16 and 8xp to Twin & satalite between. But yet still i cannot get these guys to send me some free plugins. So much for supporting you guys.
However im teaching Students in sweden to use the new LUNA and i have nothing but good to say about all uad products.

D. Rivaz

January 5, 2021

Amazing product as always

great combo with my new apollo x16.. really impressive

正. 綿貫

January 5, 2021


This is awsome!