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.