Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite USB 3.0 OCTO Core  From UA

Eight DSP chips in a single USB3 device to power TONS of the best plug-ins available!

Universal Audio

$1,199.00

Retail:  $1,499.00

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Manufacturer's Description from UA

The UAD-2 Satellite USB DSP Accelerator is a sleek, powerful way for Windows-based PC users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with acclaimed UAD plug-ins. This convenient desktop unit gives you full access to UA's award-winning plug-in library,

including exclusive titles from Studer, Lexicon, Neve, and more. With improved performance and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire, UAD-2 Satellite USB makes the perfect introduction to UADplug-ins,or ideal DSP expander for Apollo Twin USB audio interfaces Key Features

  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via USB 3 on Windows-based PCs
  • 4 (QUAD) or 8 (OCTO) SHARC processors provide a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes
  • Access over 90 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Marshall, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, 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, and more
  • Compatible with Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, and more
  • Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on Windows-based PCs
  • Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe cards, UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and Apollo Twin USB desktop interface
  • Available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages From serious home recordists to multi-platinum mix engineers, UAD Powered Plug-Ins are integral tools for audio professionals. The reason is simple. No other plug-ins faithfully capture the sound and behavior of classic analog equipment — whether it's boutique compressors and EQs, or vintage reverbs and tape machines.

    The UAD library features over 90 plug-ins, co-developed with the biggest brands in audio. These plug-ins can be purchased with UAD-2 hardware from retailers as part of bundled packages, à la carte from
    UA’s Online Store

    • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via USB 3 on PC's running Windows
    • Access over 100 plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Marshall, Studer, Neve, Manley, SSL, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more
    • Take UAD plug-ins “on the road” for mixing on USB 3-equipped Windows PC's
    • Available in QUAD and OCTO models w/ 4 or 8 SHARC processors
    • Gives native systems a DSP boost for running larger mixes, with rich, sonically complex plug-ins
    • Available in Core, Custom & Ultimate packages
    • All packages include Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, featuring:
    • Compatible with Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, and more (VST, RTAS, AAX 64)
    • Combine with other UAD-2 devices, including UAD-2 PCIe card(s), UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and Apollo Twin USB
    • Supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-Bit Editions)
    • Try before you buy with the 14-day full function demo for all plug-ins
    • Access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins Library/Online Store
    • Fan-free design for silent operation
    • System Requirements

      USB Systems

      UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8.7.2

      • Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit Editions)
      • Available built-in* USB 3 SuperSpeed port
      • Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor*
      • 6 gigabytes available storage
      • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed cable (included)
      • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
      • Compatible VST, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software

      *Notes:

      • Quad Core i7 or better recommended
      • 2-in-1 systems (notebook/tablet) are not recommended
      • USB 3 adapters (such as PCIe-to-USB 3 expansion cards) 
        are not tested for Apollo Twin USB or UAD-2 Satellite USB connections
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

Specifications
  • Fan-less USB 3.0 external enclosure w/ external power supply
  • Desktop dimensions: 7” wide x 6 3/4” long x 1 3/4” high (weight: 2.24 lbs)
  • 4 or 8 Analog Devices SHARC floating-point processors
  • Compatible with VST, RTAS, and AAX 64 plug-in formats
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz sample rate support (DAW dependent)

UAD-2 Satellite USB