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UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

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

A. Martin

June 14, 2021

Toujours au top

Stable et comme si on était au coeur d'une grande régie Classe A!!!

M. Ruscitto

June 14, 2021


Totally Reliable as ever..
Never had a problem with any Uad product...

j. berisha

June 14, 2021


I have been with Uad since my beginnings and I can not imagine working in my studio without Uad

J. Moore

June 14, 2021


Plug in and Go, Amazing plugin count (and it even looks great!)

M. Muench

June 10, 2021

Tut, was es soll!

Tut, was es soll und das ohne Probleme. So soll es sein!

M. Muench

June 10, 2021

Tut, was es soll!

Tut, was es soll und das ohne Probleme. So soll es sein!

M. Muench

June 10, 2021

Tut, was es soll!

Tut, was es soll. Und dies unkompliziert und verlässlich. Gut so!

A. Taylor

June 4, 2021

DSP Booster For Sure

I needed this extra plug in power because some of my projects demands the power to run certain plugins that are dsp hogs. They could at least throw in the auto tune plug-in for buying both Apollox4 and Satellite Octo, that would be nice of Universal audio

E. Munda

May 24, 2021

bad management of plugins

They told me before the purchase that by purchasing the satellite I would have plugins, but after the purchase they told me they were wrong and they did not give them to me. Also there are bugs in the device, since when the dsp percentage reaches 65% an error often appears stating that there are no more resources. For the price at which these products are sold, these bugs don't have to be there!


May 23, 2021

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3

Great! The DSP idea is helpful.
I already spent over £ 3000, 00 with plugins and still got a bit more to buy, but I am now able to record my songs with analog tones... Just think that for people who spent a lot like me, UAD could give a good voucher to spend on other plugins. It is a lot of money for just software. I still plan to buy another Apollo X16.
Anyway, I still need to spend a little more to get all I need for my project but so for, it has been worthy.
Thanks for this great piece of equipment UAD... so far, money well spent...

R. Stapleton

May 19, 2021

Trouble from the beginning

I had trouble getting rid of the hum I was hearing from the unit. I'll admit that my house is not state of the art, but no other piece of equipment created such a hum and I've had a lot of gear in my studio. After a great deal of trial and error I discovered that the Satellite and the apollo twin that I use it with each have to be on a separate leg in the electrical panel.
After that was solved, I looked for the plug-ins that were to come with the unit. My Sweetwater salesman said that I could choose replacements for the standard ones listed since I had already purchased them previously. This turned out to not be true.
UA owned up to the fact that their wording was confusing, but refused to let me choose any alternate plug-ins. I have to say that the extra plug-ins was one of the reasons I bought the unit so I guess I'm out of luck. UA customer service seemed eager to close my support correspondence and be done with me. This was not a good experience.

F. Vasseur

May 15, 2021

Must have

Very very good


May 14, 2021


There’s not much you can’t do with a pair of these. A great way to justify all those plug-ins.


May 14, 2021


There’s not much you can’t do with a pair of these. A great way to justify all those plug-ins.

D. Labrecque

May 12, 2021

What's not to like?

Plug it in. It works. I love it!


May 11, 2021

Thunderbolts 3

More dsp

C. Bruce

May 8, 2021


This is my second octo. There is a double down program that if you buy a second Octo within 30 days of the first you get a 6 bundle of these amazing plugins.

G. Petersen

May 8, 2021

Great performance!

I have an older i5 iMac and adding this greatly reduced system crashes. Allowing my computer to focus on virtual instruments and UAD to handle the plugins.

m. vassalli

May 7, 2021

perfect integration

this uad-2 satellite is great and nice sound and easy too handle .
for sure this is one of the best product for audio pro.

J. Garneau

May 7, 2021

Vive la puissance de traitement!

L’ajout de l’UAD-2 Octo m’ouvre la voie de la puissance de traitement du son en temps réel. Pour avoir travaillé longtemps sans possibilité d’entendre les effets codés en enregistrant, j’apprécie au plus haut point la palette dont je dispose maintenant.
Merci, UA, de favoriser la créativité à toutes les étapes du processus.