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Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO Core

Ultra-powerful DSP accelerator with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports providing you access to UA's authentic analog emulation plug-ins - includes Analog Classics Plus bundle

Product Description

The Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO Core DSP Accelerator brings UA’s award-winning analog emulation plug-ins to Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac and Windows 10 devices with more power and speed than ever. Instantly turn your computer into a world-class recording studio with the included Analog Classics Plus bundle.


The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 OCTO Core is equipped with eight powerful SHARC processors for unparalleled processing power. Run massive mixing sessions with dozens of active plug-ins without breaking a sweat. For even more processing power, the UAD-2 Satellite can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator cards and Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo interfaces, including Apollo Twin, DUO Core, QUAD Core, and 16.


UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 lets you run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt connection on Mac and Windows 10 systems with improved performance and reduced plug-in latency. UAD-2 Satellite is backwards compatible, for quick and easy connection to devices with Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 ports. With a compact, durable chassis that fits neatly in gig bags and carry-ons, UAD-2 Satellite makes it easy to take your UAD plug-ins bundle “on the road.”


  • Run UAD Powered Plug-In Bundle via Thunderbolt 3 on modern Mac and Windows 10 systems (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 devices)
  • 8 (OCTO) SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes
  • Access over 100 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Helios, and more
  • Includes Analog Classics Plus bundle featuring Legacy editions of LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176 Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, Pultec Pro, and Fairchild 670 plug-ins, plus 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Cubase, Live, and more
  • Combine with other Thunderbolt-equipped UAD-2 devices including PCIe card(s), UA Audio Interfaces, and additional Satellites
  • Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports for daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals

Product Specifications

Condition New
Computer Connection Thunderbolt 3

Product Reviews

5 out of 5 stars.
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I'm new to the Universal Audio world. I bought a Twin first and then this UAD 2 Satellite OCTO. First off I love how easy the setup was on my iMac. My computer recognized it instantly and set up was a breeze. Performance is great and I couldn't be happier.

By Derek on August 18, 2023

Love the plug-in overhead!

By Chris T on April 4, 2023

Live it! Instantly solved my cpu issues.

By Mischa M on November 30, 2021

The only thing is that my I don’t have many plug-ins yet. Soon I hope to buy some essentials

By Nicolas R on November 20, 2021

This unit has tons of power and I can run all of my favorite plugins without completely running out of DSP. It's a nice step up from the Quad I had originally.

By Vincent R on October 14, 2021

Fantastic addition to the toolbox. Some of the best plug-ins I have.

By Bob B on August 12, 2021

Love it. Is what it is. Does what it says on the tin. Gives me more DSP. A lot more. Thanks VK.

By John W on June 5, 2021

It allow me to work faster by performing realtime processing.

By Alberto S on March 4, 2021

As advertised, huge boost to DSP power.

By Patrick M on February 17, 2021

Works like a charm!

By Cassidy T on January 19, 2021

Unleashes the power of the Apollo to New levels. Sessions that were using 90% DSP even with a Quad Apollo are now using 25%.

By Michael B on January 7, 2021

Works perfectly and UA plugs sound great !

By Matthew B on November 29, 2020

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