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

V. Kourkoutas

March 27, 2020


Amazing piece of gear, huge horsepower for any project. I use it bridged via Thunderbolt 3 with Apollo x8 and a Apollo Twin and there is absolutely no lag when using the controls of the others. Thank u UAD!!!

l. ray

March 26, 2020

encore plus de pouvoir

super machine! enfin je peux mixer avec mes plugins préférés !!! merci

K. Didvalis

March 26, 2020


Works great, easy install and great plugins.

D. Proler

March 25, 2020

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 is just amazing!

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 is an absolutely amazing product. It's now the core of my new home studio along with my Apollo X4. I switched from the Line 6 Helix Family platform because I wanted to be able to record the tones from the same Marshall Jubilee amps that I own. The UAD-2 plug-ins are so realistic that I can't tell the difference between the the plug-in or the actual amps using the same exact settings. Adding the UAD-2 Satellite OCTO gives me all of the extra DSP I need to run inside of my DAW. The sound is incredible realistic. Worth every single penny.

O. Morris

March 25, 2020

More mixing power

Great for mixing adding more plug-ins without the worry of running out of dsp

M. Larsen

March 24, 2020

Super cool product

Now I can spend even more money on plugins!

M. Gentili

March 22, 2020

UAD-2 IS THE BEST, BUT... a Universal Audio customer (with an Apollo 8, several purchased plugins and now the Sat) I would have hoped to get at least one plugin free. I have nothing more to say except that the sound is fantastic.

M. Gentili

March 22, 2020

UAD-2 IS THE BEST, BUT... a Universal Audio customer (with an Apollo 8, several purchased plugins and now the Sat) I would have hoped to get at least one plugin free. I have nothing more to say except that the sound is fantastic.

S. Margasov

March 22, 2020

UAD Promo

I've bought Satellite TB3 Octo and UAD Blockbuster Promo not working for me – no any free promo plugins at all! Here is proof of purchased date:

N. Rousseau

March 20, 2020

Excellent mixing machine

I don’t ever have to worry about system overloads again, and the plugins sound fantastic on top of that!

L. Lantela

March 19, 2020

Works as expected

As a non professional engineer I my work flow is more intuitive than planned so I wanted to have more room to play with while trying different plugins ect. without worrying too much about dsp. With 8 cores I rarely run into problems in that regard.

A. Vax

March 19, 2020

Amazing device. Gimme three! )

I am old UAD user. Began with uad-1 pci, then uad-2 pci-e and now uad-2 tb3 octo sattelite.

UAD plugins is the main reason we are all love it! My favs are fatso, precision multiband, emt 250. Can't find a replacement for these.
Almost all stuff is outstanding and close enough to hardware. Just 3rd party plugins is not top notch.
I can recommend uad-2 to all who needs UAD plugins, all who wants to work @ 96K without stressing CPU to much or laptop producers.

For fully UAD experience even without native plugins you will need 2 or 3 OCTO cards (depends on tracks quantity and style of music).

So, happy user here for almost 15 years.

Just sad about current UAD promo. I just get new octo sattelite but it is promo device (audio shop's fault). So I can't get 5 plugins (((

l. dorville

March 19, 2020


Tres bon produits merci UA

G. Stavely

March 19, 2020

Great unit!

I haven't needed the extra cores yet but they are there for when I do, awesome purchase!

B. Horvat

March 19, 2020

A must have when mixing gets serious

When dealing with the modern production or working on a mixing session, things can easily get too much for your cpu and system to handle. UAD-2 Satellite with TB3 connection helps you out in that kind of situation. My 2013 MBP has now some extra juice to run my clients audio mixing sessions. TB3 is a future proof and it's also backward compatible with tb2 and even tb1 devices, just get yourself an adapter and a tb cable and you are ready to go. It comes packed with good old classic pro plugins and you can do everything you need with those from scratch, however, I bought my satellite when there was an extra offer so I also received Avalon, Lexicon and some other goodies with it. Great tool and option for any serious audio enthusiasts as well as the professionals as you may already know. Both thumbs up, all the way. Good job Universal Audio.

M. Moreno

March 16, 2020

UAD-2 thunderbolt 3

Beautiful aesthetic, excellent finishes. high speed thunderbolt 3 connection with optimal operation at high load.

D. Carl

March 15, 2020

Demasiado Poder

De las mejores cosas que me han pasado. Tengo libertad para usar los mejores plugins y mezclar sesiones grandes... sin preocuparme.

P. Tomlinson

March 14, 2020

Love this. Changed everything for me.

Buying the satellite has really changed my mixing game. So glad I finally purchased it. I can run so many more plug-ins that I ever could before. And no computer issues at all. Plus, the free plug-ins are fantastic. Thanks guys!

D. Ellington

March 13, 2020


This has been one of my best purchases in a long time, the DSP power has allowed me to use my plugins to the fullest extent with my plugins.

T. Lippai

March 13, 2020

More Sharcs

I received the TB3 Satellite Quad core via year end promo for free!! Because I bought an Apollo x6 mainly for studio EDM production. So altogether I have 10 cores to deal with. That's plenty. More than enough for my creative productions, hardly used 50% of total power in my projects, so there will be a lot of "headroom" for Luna usage, I think.

As for the Satellite, it's really robust physically. And it's a plug 'n' play device, fast via Thunderbol 3 connection in the setup. I have still places left to buy two more UAD devices if I want to expand the home studio. Great!!