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Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite OCTO Thunderbolt 3 - Ultimate 9

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The World's Most Authentic Analog Emulation Plug-ins

Shift your music production into serious high gear with the Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3. This is the OCTO model — eight SHARC processors deliver a massive level of DSP, enabling you to pack your mixes with the world's most authentic analog emulation plug-ins. What’s more, this DSP accelerator’s Thunderbolt 3 connectivity gives it sub-2ms latency and enough bandwidth to daisy-chain Thunderbolt-equipped devices to your heart's content. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 includes UA’s Ultimate Bundle — 67 plug-in titles containing 107 individual plug-ins that are guaranteed to infuse your mix with the freakishly realistic sound of studio-standard analog gear. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 also sports updated cosmetics with a convenient front-panel power switch and eye-catching backlit UA logo.

Note: The Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 requires a Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included).

Portable UAD plug-in power

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 provides you with access to more than 90 plug-ins from brands including Ampex, Manley, Lexicon, EMT, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, Fairchild, Pultec, Studer, SSL, and more. This desktop-friendly unit connects to your Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer, turbocharging your Thunderbolt-based studio with the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins on the planet.

Truly scalable mixing power

Sweetwater knows that when you've got a monster project with a suffocating deadline, it's what's under the hood that really counts. That's why the Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 is available in QUAD or OCTO models (with either four or eight SHARC processors), letting you customize your studio horsepower to the demands of your workflow. They may also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe cards and Thunderbolt-enabled Apollo interfaces for truly scalable mixing power.

Thunderbolt 3 — ultra-low latency and unrivaled bandwidth

When Thunderbolt technology burst onto the scene, UA was one of the first to adopt it. And now, thanks to Thunderbolt 3, this blazing-fast connectivity is better than ever. For starters, it offers lower latency and greater stability than USB or FireWire, clocking in with the speed and ultra-fast performance of a PCI Express system. In fact, the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 runs projects with high track counts at latencies of less than 2ms! On top of that, its near-infinite bandwidth blows Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 out of the water, enabling you to place multiple Thunderbolt-equipped devices — even 4k or 5k monitors — at the end of your signal chain without issues. You don't even need a brand-new computer — the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3’s two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports are backward compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 (adapter sold separately).

Ultimate plug-in bundle included

From vintage EQs and compressors to spacious effects, studio-quality reverb, and tape saturation, the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO Ultimate 9 equips you for practically any scenario. The Ultimate Bundle includes:

  • AKG BX 20 Spring Reverb
  • Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder
  • API 2500 Stereo Bus Compressor
  • API 550 Parametric EQ
  • API 560 Graphic EQ
  • API Vision Channel Strip
  • Avalon VT-737sp Tube Channel Strip
  • Bermuda Triangle
  • Brigade Chorus Pedal
  • Cambridge EQ
  • Capitol Chambers
  • Century Tube Channel Strip
  • Cooper Time Cube Mk II Delay
  • CS-1 Channel Strip
  • dbx 160 Compressor / Limiter
  • DreamVerb Room Modeler
  • Empirical Labs Distressor
  • Empirical Labs FATSO Jr. Tape Sim. & Compressor
  • Empirical Labs FATSO Sr. Tape Sim. & Compressor
  • EMT 140 Classic Plate Reverberator
  • EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverb
  • EP-34 Tape Echo
  • Fairchild 660 Compressor
  • Fairchild 670 Compressor
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy Compressor
  • Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe
  • Galaxy Tape Echo
  • Harrison 32C Channel EQ
  • Harrison 32C SE Channel EQ
  • Helios Type 69 Legacy EQ
  • Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ
  • KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay
  • Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
  • Lexicon 480L Digital Reverb and Effects
  • Little Labs IBP Phase Alignment Tool
  • Little Labs Voice Of God Bass Resonance
  • Manley Massive Passive EQ
  • Manley Massive Passive Mastering EQ
  • Manley Variable-Mu Limiter Compressor
  • Manley VOXBOX Channel Strip
  • Moog Multimode Filter
  • Moog Multimode Filter SE
  • Moog Multimode Filter XL
  • MXR Flanger/Doubler
  • Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ
  • Neve 1073 Legacy Classic Console EQ
  • Neve 1073SE Legacy Classic Console EQ
  • Neve 1081 Classic Console EQ
  • Neve 1081SE Classic Console EQ
  • Neve 1084 Preamp and EQ*
  • Neve 2254/E Compressor*
  • Neve 2254/E Dual Compressor*
  • Neve 31102 Classic Console EQ
  • Neve 31102SE Classic Console EQ
  • Neve 33609 C Compressor
  • Neve 33609SE Compressor
  • Neve 88RS Channel Strip
  • Neve 88RS Legacy Channel Strip
  • Neve Preamp
  • Ocean Way Studios Dynamic Room Modeling
  • Oxide Tape Recorder
  • Precision Buss Compressor
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision De-Esser
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation Long
  • Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Precision Enhancer kHz
  • Precision Equalizer
  • Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery
  • Precision Limiter
  • Precision Maximizer
  • Precision Multiband
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Pultec EQP-1A Passive EQ
  • Pultec MEQ-5 Passive EQ
  • Pultec HLF-3C Passive EQ
  • Pultec EQP-1A Legacy EQ
  • Pultec-Pro Legacy EQ
  • Pure Plate Reverb
  • Raw Distortion
  • RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler
  • SPL Transient Designer
  • SSL E Series Channel Strip
  • SSL E Series Channel Strip Legacy
  • SSL G Series Bus Compressor
  • SSL G Series Bus Compressor Legacy
  • Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder
  • Studio D Chorus
  • Teletronix LA-2A Gray Classic Leveler
  • Teletronix LA-2A Silver Classic Leveler
  • Teletronix LA-2 Classic Leveler
  • Teletronix LA-2A Legacy Leveling Amplifier
  • Teletronix LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler
  • Thermionic Culture Vulture
  • Trident A-Range Classic Console EQ
  • TS Overdrive Pedal
  • UA 175B Tube Compressor
  • UA 176 Tube Compressor
  • UA 1176LN Legacy Limiting Amplifier
  • UA 1176SE Legacy Limiting Amplifier
  • UA 1176 Rev A Classic Limiter
  • UA 1176AE Classic Limiter
  • UA 1176LN Rev E Classic Limiter
  • UA 610-A Preamp & EQ
  • UA 610-B Preamp & EQ
  • V76 Preamplifier

*New in Ultimate 9

Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO Ultimate 9 Features:

  • Portable DSP Accelerator unit plus UAD plug-in package
  • Run UAD-powered plug-ins via the Thunderbolt 3 connection
  • Juiced performance at higher sample rates with less than 2ms of latency
  • 8 SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes
  • Includes over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, and more
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for convenient daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals
  • Fan-free construction for quiet operation
  • Great for mobile mixing with UAD plug-ins on your Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer
  • Expands the DSP power of your Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo audio interface; can be combined with other UAD-2 DSP Accelerators
  • Updated cosmetics with convenient front-panel power switch and eye-catching backlit UA logo
  • Backward compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 (adapter sold separately)

*Note: The Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 can daisy-chain and provide bus power for a Universal Audio Arrow interface via one of its Thunderbolt 3 ports.


  • Computer Connectivity:Thunderbolt 3
  • Form Factor:Desktop DSP Accelerator
  • Built In DSP/FX:8 x SHARC Processors - Realtime UAD processing
  • Thunderbolt:2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3)
  • Software:UAD Powered Ultimate 9 Plug-in Bundle
  • OS Requirements - Mac:OS X 10.12 or later
  • OS Requirements - PC:Windows 10 Anniversary Update or later
  • Power Supply:12V DC power supply (included)
  • Manufacturer Part Number:TB3SATO-U9