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Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt Quad Core  From UA

Get the rich analog sound of UAD Powered Plug-Ins over Thunderbolt.

Universal Audio

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1176 Classic Limiting Amplifier Plug-In Collection Trailer

Ever since its announcement in 1967, the 1176 has lent its character and punch to some of the greatest recordings in history — creating a solid framework for any mix, in any genre. Universal Audio released its first 1176 plug-in emulation in 2001 and inspired a decade of analog emulation software. Today, we've circled back to the 1176, and modeled its entire electronic path from stem to stern. The resulting 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides unrivaled emulations of three distinct 1176 units.

Manufacturer's Description from UA

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Core DSP Accelerator gives professional producers and engineers fast, highpowered access to award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins. This sleek desktop unit is compatible with all Thunderbolt based Macs, and can supercharge Apollo interfaces and other UAD-2 DSP Accelerator systems to run larger mixes filled with rich analog emulation plug-ins.

In creating UAD plug-ins, Universal Audio’s DSP engineers work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give you all the warmth of classic analog equipment. The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Core includes four SHARC processors, and its Thunderbolt 2 technology offers reduced plug-in latency compared to Firewire 800.

The UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Core comes with UA’s “Analog Classics Plus” plug-in bundle, and provide access to more than 90 plug-ins from brands including Ampex, Manley, Lexicon, EMT, Empirical Labs, Neve, Roland, Fairchild, Pultec, Studer, SSL, and more (sold separately).

 

Key Features

● Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connection on new Macs

● 4 SHARC processors offer a significant DSP boost for running large mixes

● Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Roland, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT and more (sold separately)

● Includes “Analog Classics Plus” plug-in bundle, featuring the UA 610-B Preamp & EQ and Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN / 1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifier, Fairchild 670 Tube Limiter, Pultec Pro Equalizers, UA Precision Enhancer Hz, CS-1 Precision Channel, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins

● Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on Thunderbolt-equipped Macs

● Dual Thunderbolt ports for convenient daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals

● Compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more

● Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), and Apollo audio interface

● VST, AU, RTAS, AAX 64 support


Thunderbolt cable sold separately. 

 

Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA's modern units to perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago. 

Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

Specifications

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt Minimum System Requirements

 
● Apple Mac with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
● Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or 10.9 Mavericks
● Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
● Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in DAW software
● 4 gigabytes available disk space