Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Custom

Thunderbolt QUAD Custom DSP Accelerator with Onboard DSP, Four SHARC Processors, and Custom UAD Plug-in Package - Mac/PC AAX 64, VST, AU, RTAS
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Thunderbolt QUAD DSP Plus UAD-2 Custom Plug-ins

The Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Custom will shift your music production into high gear. UA's next-gen DSP accelerator rocks four SHARC processors that deliver a massive DSP boost for running huge professional mixes. Run UAD Powered plug-ins via your computer's Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connection for immediate access to the world's most authentic analog emulation plug-ins with juiced performance at higher sample rates and reduced plug-in latency compared to FireWire. In addition to a potent portable DSP Accelerator unit, you get UA's Custom UAD plug-in package and the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, plus your choice of three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. What's more, you can access over 90 optional plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, and more. Turbocharge your studio with Universal Audio's UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Custom.

Portable UAD Plug-in Power

Want to run bigger mixes packed with DSP-intensive plug-ins? Universal Audio's UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators give you a potent, portable solution for turbocharging your Thunderbolt-based studio. These desktop-friendly units connect to your Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2-equipped computer and provide access to UAD Powered plug-ins (the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins on the planet), including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and many more.

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 counts. That's why Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are 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 — including the Apollo Twin, Apollo, and Apollo 16, for truly scalable mixing power.

Thunderbolt: Ultra-low Latency and Unrivaled Bandwidth

Thunderbolt is one of the most important technologies to impact audio production in years, and UA was one of the first to adopt it. Thanks to its blazing-fast connectivity, Thunderbolt offers lower latency and greater stability than USB or FireWire, clocking in with the speed and ultra-fast performance of a PCI Express system — but with the convenience of a single cable.

Customize your studio with flexible software options

To get you up and running straight out of the box, Universal Audio offers UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators with Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages. The Core package gives you the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, while Custom adds a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate is Universal Audio's top-of-the-line package, with more than 79 UA-developed plug-ins (up to and including UAD software v7.8).

Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Custom DSP Accelerator Features:

  • Portable DSP Accelerator unit plus Custom UAD plug-in package
  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connection on your Mac or PC
  • Juiced performance at higher sample rates; reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire
  • Four SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes
  • Includes Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, featuring UA 610-B Preamp and EQ, plus Legacy editions of:
  • LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler
  • 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier
  • Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter
  • Pultec Pro Equalizers
  • UA Precision EnhancerHz
  • CS-1 Precision Channel
  • RealVerb Pro plug-ins
  • Plus your choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration
  • Access over 90 plug-ins (sold separately) from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, and more 
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live and more
  • Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for convenient daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals 
  • Fan-free construction for quiet operation
  • Expands the DSP power of Apollo audio interfaces; can be combined with other UAD-2 DSP Accelerators
  • VST, AU, RTAS, AAX 64 support

Tech Specs

Supported Computer Format Mac
Supported Plug-In Formats AAX 64, VST, AU, RTAS
Connectivity Type Thunderbolt
Hardware Requirements - Mac Thunderbolt Port, 4GB Disk Space
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.8
Height 1.75"
Width 7"
Depth 6.75"
Weight 2.24 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number TBSATQ-X

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Stellar!

This thing was awesome from the very beginning, started using it years and years ago. And now finally moved to the modern version with incredible capabilities.
5/5

Night and Day Difference

The QUAD Satellite is a superb mixing tool. The UAD modeling produces plugins that are very close to the original hardware units. It's ten times easier and quicker to get mixes sounding great, and the tones are exceptional. Plugins that are my go-to's: 1176 collection (great for drums and vocals), LA2A Collection (Vocals and guitars), Fairchild Collection (Piano, Bass, Drum Buss), SSL Buss Compressor (Master Buss). Of course these are all just suggestions, but those are uses that I've found to work well.
Music background: Tracking Mixing Engineer
5/5

Great !!!

Love the new UAD quad !!
5/5

Ua Satellite Quad

I've been an old school analog guy most of my life and as a result have been a big fan of Universal audio's hardware.That being said,I've recently embraced the Pro Tools platform and sought to keep as much of my front end in analog.After hearing UA's recreations and being able to compare the hardware and software versions,there was no looking back.I love this unit and the software emulations !!I can now have some of my dream gear in a mix that not only sounds great but is significantly easier on the pocketbook.And like all UA gear,this unit is built solidly and has worked flawlessly for me.
Music background: Producer,Artist,Songwriter
5/5

WOW! So worth it!

So excited to have this unit for mixing! These plug-ins are the real deal! They sound amazing. And having the external DSP to load them is so awesome!
Music background: producer, Session Musician, Teacher
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