Now Universal Audio announced a new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators as a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with rich, DSP-intensive plug-ins. The combination of DSP accelerators with newly optimized ultra low-latency plug-ins is proving to be future of studio outboard with all the flexibility and convenience of software integration.
The new desktop-friendly and fan-free units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-in emulations from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, Roland, EMT, Empirical Labs, MXR and more. Available in QUAD or OCTO models with a choice of four or eight SHARC processors, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe cards and Thunderbolt-enabled Apollo interfaces, including Apollo Twin, Apollo, and Apollo 16 — for truly scalable mixing power.
For an immediate out-of-the-box mixing experience, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages. The Core package includes 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 UA’s flagship package, including more than 79 UA-developed plug-ins — up to and including UAD software v7.8.
Key features of the new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt include support for UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 connection on Macs for improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire, with 8 (OCTO) SHARC processors providing a massive DSP boost for running large professional mixes.
UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 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
The Thunderbolt-connected units can be combined with other UAD-2 devices, including additional UAD-2 PCIe card(s) with a qualified Thunderbolt PCIe chassis, UAD-2 Satellite (FireWire), and Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo interfaces. Each UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt unit features dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining of Thunderbolt peripherals.
Prices for UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt systems varies from $999 for the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt QUAD Core, up to $5,999 for the UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate. All are compatible with Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more DAW systems.
New UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 3 packages
Universal Audio also announced Ultimate 3 packages for the UAD-2 OCTO PCIe DSP Accelerator Card and the new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO DSP Accelerator, featuring 79 UA-developed UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including offerings from Studer, Ampex, Manley, API, Neve, and more. Ultimate 3 replaces the Ultimate 2 software bundle and includes all UA-developed plug-ins up to UAD Software v7.8 (Direct Developer plug-ins not included)
The new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate will cost 5,999 US MAP and includes new UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO DSP Accelerator desktop hardware plus the new Ultimate 3 software bundle. The new UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate 3 costs $5,999 US MAP and includes UAD-2 OCTO PCIe DSP Accelerator Card plus the new Ultimate 3 software bundle