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Get the rich analog sound of UAD plug-ins over USB 3 on Windows.

The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library, including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more.

With improved performance and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire, UAD-2 Satellite USB makes the perfect introduction to UAD plug-ins, or ideal DSP expander for Apollo Twin USB audio interfaces.

Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via USB 3 on Windows-based PCs

Get a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes

Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex,® Lexicon,® Fender,® Studer,® Neve,® Manley,® SSL,® EMT,® API,® MXR® and more

Start mixing right away with the included Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle

Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on Windows-based PCs

Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe cards, UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and Apollo Twin USB desktop interface

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 10 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 90 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.

Expandable Processing Power, from QUAD to OCTO

Expandable Processing Power, from QUAD to OCTO

UAD-2 Satellite USB 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, UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and Apollo Twin USB desktop interface 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 engineering group undertakes a thorough physical modeling of classic audio hardware — “rebuilding” vintage analog gear in the digital world, component by component. That’s how UAD plug-ins replicate the exact, sometimes quirky, behavior of analog hardware — bringing its rich, three-dimensional sound and harmonics "in the box."

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 USB 3 on PC's running Windows
Access over 100 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Marshall, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more
Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on USB 3-equipped Windows PC's
Available in QUAD and OCTO models w/ 4 or 8 SHARC processors
Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
Available in Core, Custom & Ultimate packages
All packages include Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle
Compatible with Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, and more (VST, RTAS, AAX 64)
Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and Apollo Twin USB
Supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-Bit Editions)
Try before you buy with the 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins
Access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins Library/Online Store
Fan-free design for silent operation
To see full system requirements, click here.

Product Specifications

Fan-less USB 3.0 external enclosure w/ external power supply
Desktop dimensions: 7” wide x 6 3/4” long x 1 3/4” high (weight: 2.24 lbs)
4 or 8 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
Compatible with VST, RTAS, and AAX 64 plug-in formats
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz sample rate support (DAW dependent)

Customer Reviews

UAD-2 Satellite USB

Overall Rating

4.7/5
(210)

D. Molino

May 2, 2024

Worth the money

Running an Apollo in a stand alone session leaves you limited with four cores adding the UAD-2 Satellite opened a whole new world of possibilities, you get to do what the Apollo was designed to do, and it sounds great. In my opinion a must have in your arsenal.

A. Niculescu

February 27, 2024

Awesome hardware

If you ever consider the quad version, don’t. Probably you would need this octo instead.
The price difference is not that much and you get double the DSP.

D. Smith

February 15, 2024

Remains an excellent way to access loads of very useful plugins

Only recently returned to UAD after a number of years away, you can't ignore them, just a top top developer. A very straightforward installation, my only criticism (minus 1 star) is these plugins really ought to be resizeable by now, certainly tests my eyesight in comparison to many, many others ... however the sounds, which are the key, are just excellent!!

R. Barreto

December 25, 2023

Indispensable

Magnifique Machine

L. M

November 1, 2023

Veryverygoood!!

Very good !! You should buy this!

c. biel

October 15, 2023

immediate improvement in quality of audio

puts a smile on the face
immediately hear an improvement in the quality of my audio - i'm not very technical or much into the technical side of things - just listening and wanting to hear improvement in quality of audio and this has done just that for me.
leading one to experiment even more with UAD.



J. Smalls

September 4, 2023

Everything I needed.

Having this OCTO paired with my Apollo Twin USB is everything I ever needed. I’m able to apply any amount of UAD plugins that I feel any particular session needs without the worry of running out of DSP. The unit isn’t looks amazing with the rest of my setup. I highly recommend this device I really got my money’s worth.

R. ORTS

August 30, 2023

Very good product, but ...

Very good product, nothing to say. Be careful to connect it directly to your computer and not to a hub. On the other hand I am disappointed that it is only compatible with vst2, I hope that the compatibility in vst3 with this product will be available quickly

T. Arbel

August 21, 2023

A little box with a lot of power

About a week after getting the Twin USB and being amazed by the sound I can get with UAD plugins, I got the OCTO USB extention. Now I finally get to the sound I always wanted without limitations.

M. Andrade

August 18, 2023

New World!

Although i have a powerfull computer the DSP is still necessary, the quad gives me plenty of space to work with and needless to say that the Universal Audio Plugins are out of this world, allowing me to get more tools without the costs of bigger hardware.

M. Obi

August 11, 2023

Mac Compatibility

I don't like the fact that there are no Mac drivers for this. After all, there are drivers for both platforms for the (outdated) Thunderbolt3 variant. Now I have to sell the device again for little money.

W. Tolle

August 9, 2023

UAD-2 Satellite USB 3 OCTO

The device is just great.

F. TATTI

May 26, 2023

High Power DSP

Very good Product!! Improove the power of your Sound...

C. Panetta

May 2, 2023

two satellites dont work with my amd system

I tried every cable and adapter for hubs on my ryzen 5 laptop, there is no way to use a solo apollo and two satellites. It crashes. We tried to fix it with UAD's great customer service, still no go. I tried with two different quads on seperate occasions to combine with my octo, never worked. It sucks to be 4 grand into plugins then having to sell my quad at a loss because of compatibility issues with AMD and UAD. Great products when they work Wish it was possible for my system. I also get dsp warnings when my satellite has 75% usage, happens all the time. These are great when you avoid the quirky bugs. I love UAD regardless, had I known of compatibility issues, I would have bought less plugins and a better laptop. Now they are native, I am kicking myself even more for buying all those plugins and not a new cpu.

D. Crawford

April 22, 2023

Oh Yeah!!!

This is just what I needed for my home studio. More Processing Power for my plugins!!!

T. KARIM

April 3, 2023

Essential

Great product & essentiel tools for professional using, we missing on think it's the driver for mac for Bootcamp users.

m. corder

March 28, 2023

All the processing I ever needed

Finally a 8 core solution to using all the plugins I need for a pro mix live or in the studio! -Thanks Universal Audio you rock!

F.

February 28, 2023

Great to have 4 more chips with my Apollo twin

4 more chips for my windows 11 laptop this was the best way of going about it, I'm happy. Seems to want to keep switching to 4800khz over 44100 but I'm just sticking with 4800 for future projects now so it's not an issue. Aside that the build qaulity is, as always, amazing

g. leonid

February 6, 2023

Excellent

excellent DSP, error free Windows login. grade 10 plus

M. Vikman

January 19, 2023

Satellite working fine

I was very suprised, when I started my DAW and waited that "plim plom " all DSP used ! But it never came, because of my new Satellite.is working .now.!. And it was so easy to set up (even to me) with my pc and DAW.
Many thanks and better year for all!