Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite FireWire QUAD Custom

FireWire 800/400 Desktop DSP Engine with 4 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips, the Analog Classics Plus UAD-powered Plug-in Bundle, and Your Pick of 3 x UAD-powered Plug-ins -Mac/PC AAX, VST, AU, RTAS
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Pro-quality UA DSP via FireWire

Hot-rod your DAW with a Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom system! This UAD-2 Satellite QUAD delivers the performance and flexibility of UA's wildly successful UAD-2 DSP-powered plug-ins plus the convenience of FireWire. With a UAD-2 Satellite QUAD, you'll have the ability to run high-track count sessions loaded with some of the best sounding plug-ins that money can buy — sessions that require processing power far beyond the capacity of your computer's CPU alone. What's more, this system lets you pick out any three UAD Powered Plug-ins in addition to the complete Analog Classics Plus collection, so you're ready to take full advantage of your Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom, right out of the box.

Attention Windows Users: requires Windows 7 64-bit and qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter.

Experience the power of SHARC chip technology

Universal Audio's UAD-2 Satellite systems take advantage of state-of-the-art DSP technology, adding serious horsepower to your music-production system. Each of the four SHARC chips onboard boasts 32-bit floating-point architecture, for the ultimate in precision and performance. When put to the test, the power potential of even a single UAD-2 system is more than impressive. Better still, you can mix and match up to four UAD-2 PCIe cards or Satellites, allowing you to meet the processing needs of even the most demanding sessions.

Flexible operation modes for tracking and mixing

Using UAD-2 Satellite QUAD's LiveTrack mode, you can reduce latency on active UAD-2 plug-ins to the lowest amount possible. That's just what you need for monitoring processed audio during the live tracking stages. On the mixing side, Universal Audio gave the UAD-2 Satellite QUAD a handy LoadLock feature. This useful tool lets you automatically reserve the maximum DSP load that each of your active UAD-2 plug-ins could ever demand, so you'll be certain you have enough DSP to engage features, such as writing automation, later.

Custom bundle lets you load up on UAD Powered Plug-ins

Have it your way — with the UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom system, you get your pick of any three UAD-powered plug-ins on the market. That's right. You just go to the UAD Store (the same place you can pick up additional plug-ins a la carte), pick out any three plug-ins you like, and you're all set. On top of that, the UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom system also includes the Universal Audio Analog Classics Plus collection of nine amazing UAD-powered plug-ins, which includes such classic processors as the UA LA-2A audio leveler, Pultec EQP-1A program EQ and Pultec Pro EQ, and RealVerb Pro room modeler.

Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Custom DSP Plug-in Acceleration System Features:

  • Desktop Quad-processor DSP-accelerator for UAD-powered plug-ins loaded with 4 x Analog Devices SHARC 21469 floating-point coprocessors for DSP plug-in acceleration
  • Connects to your computer via FireWire 400 or FireWire 800
  • Comes with a voucher good for any three plug-ins from the UAD Store
  • UAD plug-ins made in partnership with top gear makers including Manley, Empirical Labs, Neve, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix, and many others
  • Includes Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, featuring LA-2A, 1176LN/SE, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, RealVerb Pro, 610-B Tube Preamp/EQ, Fairchild 670, and UA Precision Enhancer Hz plug-ins
  • Additional UAD plug-ins available at the UAD online store
  • Run complex mix processing without taxing your host computer's CPU
  • Plug-ins available in AAX, VST, AU, and RTAS formats for use with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Digital Performer, and most other DAWs
  • Linkable to existing UAD groups/systems (up to 4 UAD-2s per system)
  • Coverage includes free UAD software upgrades and a 1-year limited warranty

Tech Specs

Supported Computer Format Mac, PC
Supported Plug-In Formats AAX, VST, AU, RTAS
Processor 4 x SHARC 21469 Floating-point Coprocessors Chips
Connectivity Type FireWire 800/400
Hardware Requirements - Mac 2 x PCIe Slots, FireWire 800 Port, Apollo, 3GB Disk Space
Hardware Requirements - PC 2 x PCIe Slots, FireWire 800 Port, Apollo, 3GB Disk Space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8.5
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 (64-bit, SP1)
Height 1"
Width 6"
Depth 8"
Weight 2 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SATQCU

Customer Reviews

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I'm Blown Away by the UAD-2 Satellite!

I recently upgraded to the UAD-2 Thunderbolt Satellite QUAD Custom, and I am in analogue heaven.I was just finishing an album project for a client, and wanting to swap in the real UA Teletronix LA-2A plugins on the vocals, rather than using other brands of "optical compressor" clones. Initially I balked at spending this amount of money on a hardware/software plugin system, but I already loved my UA LA-610 Mk II Mic Pre, so I went ahead.I am completely sold and 100% satisfied...and JAZZED! I have never experienced ANYTHING like the warmth and "glue" that this system injects into my mixes. Beside the LA-2A collection, I am especially in love with the EMT-140 Plate Reverb, the Precision Maximizer, and the Studer and Ampex Tape decks. And the collection of included LE plugins are also simply fantastic.I can not recommend this system highly enough, and of course my Sweetwater Sales Engineer, Jason Koons, has been taking care of me since around 2001, and he is simply the best. He is always my first call when I get an inkling about something I want to add to my studio or live set up.Happy camper!
Music background: Pro Producer/Composer/Arranger/Music Director


Definitely one of the best purchases ever and is a MASSIVE upgrade from native Ableton Plugins. About the unit - sleek sexy and does it's thing without taking up big real estate on my small desk.About the plugins - WOW. If you get one of these spend the extra for the custom bundle, it's well worth it. Glad I did get the Quad, I've only once maxed out the DSP, but I would do it frequently IF I got the less expensive one. I owned a UAD 1 card and at the time didn't know what I was doing and the technology has come a long long way in 10 years plus there's many more plugins available. The Studer! Amazing all the way, the fatness it adds to the low end is amazing and I also use it on my busses if not then definitely by drum bus, many times not in parallel. Fatso- bought w bundle, don't use to often from lack of know howLexicon Reverb, only started using it more recently, but sounds great.EMT 140 - great sound an easy to use. Came unit during Sept 2013 promo when I purchased.Neve 88rs. Great channel strip, although for me EQing w/ knobs was a new learning curve. Very great plugin, not DSP intensive. Also was came w/ promo at time of purchase.EP-34 Tape Echo. Great delay unit, I used it to make a feedback effect in one of my tracks, worked well, need to use this more often. Also came w/ promo. HINT - If you're considering this look out for promotions AND get the Custom, you'll have LOTS to work w/.I bought this to improve my mixes and was considering this or new monitors at the time. I'm glad I got this instead of monitors. I can get by with what I have although not ideal, but these plugins definitely give my tracks the fatness and warmth I was looking for.Thanks to my rep Aaron C for steering me in this direction.
Music background: dj/producer with releases in stores on major house/dance record labels.

Really Dope

This little unassuming box is the business. I use a thunderbolt-to-firewire connector to plug this into my iMac, so that it doesn't have to share bandwidth with the external hard drives already connected thru FW. This thing runs REALLY smooth as, and the plug-ins are really, really professional sounding... This here is a very robust piece of equipment that I highly recommend for home studios or mobile setups
Music background: Recording Engineer, Pro Musician, Producer, Student


This is a really great investment! I first bought a Joemeek 2Q for outboard mastering.I was not happy with it and the results from my Waves plugin was far better I wanted something that works really good and versatile. UAD is the answer! you get access to the TOP plug-ins and they work so well with any sort of music. I work with Acoustics, Trance, and hip-hop mainly, and this has brough it up 2-3 folds in quality. The EQ plug-in are so transparent. The compressions is stunning. I was very worried that investing in another software plug-in would be the same as lets say Waves, or some other plug in. But if you pick this up you will hear the detailed difference. With the Custom it comes with voucher for free plug ins from their website plus the typical 4 they include. If you can't buy the actual hardware, (Manley, Emperical Labs, API etc) This is a very good alternative to have access to all of that with $1000's saved!
Music background: Producer, composer 13 years

Unbelievable Clean and Beautiful!

I had been using Waves plug ins until I got my UAD-2 Quad. I pulled up a mix and used the Manley Passive, LA2A, 1176 and Studer in place of what I had been using. Incredible clarity and presence on the vocals and the instruments. The mix now sounds as good as a mix can get. Love Mark Bruhn for recommending this and I'll never go without it for my mixes.
Music background: Producer, Mixer, Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Vocalist
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