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

D. Fornes Berenguer

October 9, 2019

Otro producto 100% Recomendable UA

Construcción robusta en la misma linea de mis X6, conectar y ... Boom ..extra power para los DSP!! .. Increíble la facilidad de conexión y sincronización plug&play de todo el sistema. Me ha subido el rendimiento un 60% al menos.

R. Cardoza

October 7, 2019

Killer gear

Great product

l. morrish-thomas

October 2, 2019

Great bit of kit

Really impressed with the satellite, I wsan't sure about whether the difference in being able to use UAD plugins would be worth the original outlay for the card + the plugins, but my mixes just sound better straight away. I've found myself using less plugins when mixing, and getting to the sound I want much faster than I could before

l. morrish-thomas

October 2, 2019

Great bit of kit

Really impressed with the satellite, I wsan't sure about whether the difference in being able to use UAD plugins would be worth the original outlay for the card + the plugins, but my mixes just sound better straight away. I've found myself using less plugins when mixing, and getting to the sound I want much faster than I could before

T. Pierson

September 18, 2019

Capitol chambers

Beautiful addition, but note; you can’t split a large plug in like capitol chambers on two chips. So two instances can get hairy.

Great tool!

J. Curtis

September 13, 2019

Portable, Powerful, and Perfect

Love my UA Apollo Twin Duo, but really wanted more SHARC power. Adding the UAD-2 Accelerator ups my Core count by 5 times and lets me run an incredible amount of Plugins. Highly recommended if you want some more power for your current system, or just want UA to add to your favorite audio interface(s). :)

D. Gunderman

September 8, 2019

Awesome addition

Got the Octo and have way more power and options to mess with now. fantastic product as usual from UA.

A. Parker

September 3, 2019

Incredible, fast, easy

This device came as a bonus for purchasing another UA device. It has helped tremendously and allows me to run as man plugins as I want without a sweat. Wish it came with thunderbolt 3 connections. 9/10

m. cronin

September 3, 2019

Bad purchase

Bought this device hoping UA would honour the promo but the time the product arrived and I registered it the promo discontinued

C. Peralta

August 30, 2019

Incredible addition of hardware

Let me do a lot of experimentation with a lot of plugins at the same time!


August 19, 2019


Super génial, très fonctionnel et très professionnel.
Je le recommande.

C. Nelson

August 7, 2019

Just what the doctor ordered

I have an Apollo Twin that I travel with. I needed a permanent solution for my home studio. This was the icing on the cake. Knowing I still had all of my plug-ins, this was a no brainer. There were times my computer slowed down and the Satellite solved this problem. Tons of DSP. Only downfall is that now I’m buying more plugins.

W. Payton

July 28, 2019

More Power

More DSP = more UAD plugins. What else do you need in life?

J. Stevens

July 25, 2019


Great addition to any recording set up!!!

D. Tetmyer

July 24, 2019

Bought Ultimate but need more Oomp

Octo got that DSP I need for these great plugs. Easy to setup and use. Running 14 chips now and sessions are a blast to mix.

R. Whiteman

July 23, 2019

OCTO - Awesome

Just transferred over system from a desktop to laptop. Have a duo card in the old system. Awesome to now be portable (satellite packs down nicely into my laptop bag) and to have ample DSP (OCTO) to keep creative without compromise.

T. Yamashita

July 23, 2019

UAD プラグインの入門機として最適

既に他社のハードでシステムを構築している場合でも、UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt を追加することで UAD プラグインのパワーを得ることができる。接続も Thunderbolt と電源のみというシンプルさで非常に良い。

A. de Souza

July 13, 2019

Good stuff

Works great w/ my Twin. Now I can have many instances of reverb open, and processing w/out having to worry about dsp. Was thinking about going the outboard reverb route for orchestral work, but am very happy I didn't. Awesome box.

a. cheek

July 10, 2019

Gave me 70% percent more dsp on a project

I was in the middle of mixing a large session. It was time to buy an octo. I was way overdue. So I did...plugged it in. And my dsp usage went from maxed to 29%
I already want another one because you can never have enough dsp

UAD User

July 9, 2019

Immediately Opens New Mix Possibilities

The Satellite Octo ( Thunderbolt ) is great...super simple to set up and start working with...I had been relying on just an Apollo Twin Duo ( on Macbook Pro with Mojave 10.14.5 running Logic Pro ) previously so the addition of 8 more DSP chips has been need to wonder if I can add some of those DSP hungry effects or what I'll need to remove for my mix to make it work...if you can swing it, get it for yourself and be happy !!