Universal Audio on Fire – UAD-2 Satellite Firewire

It’s been a long time coming, but Universal Audio are incredibly excited to be able to announce that UAD Plugins are finally coming to the legion of users who only have Firewire ports available. Introducing the UAD-2 Satellite, shipping this month!

Launching at NAMM 2011, the UAD-2 Satellite is Universal Audio’s answer to the long-standing request for a Firewire-based UAD Card. No longer must a customer have PCIe slots or an ExpressCard port to be able to use UAD, now anyone with a Firewire 400 or 800 port will be able to bring the class-leading family of UAD plugins to their productions, wherever they go.


The UAD-2 Satellite is a rugged metal enclosure containing either the power of a UAD Duo or UAD Quad card inside. Slim yet reassuringly solid and sporting an illuminated UA logo on the front, the UAD-2 Satellite is powered with an included adapter and provides either FW400 and FW800 connectivity. Full PCIe-equivalent performance is available via FW800, with FW400 provided for total flexibility with a trade-off made in available bandwidth. Initially UAD-2 Satellite will support Mac only; PC development is underway and will come as a free update when complete. UAD-2 Satellite will share a FireWire port with an Audio Interface or Hard Drive, again for a trade-off in bandwidth. For more information please visit the Universal Audio site, linked below.

This is a really exciting announcement, both for UA as a company, and for legions of musicians and engineers wanting to tap into UAD-2 plug-ins via Firewire,” commented Universal Audio President Matt Ward. “The UAD-2 Satellite is a sleek, high-quality product that delivers even higher quality results.

UAD-2 Satellite is the result of UA listening to our customers, and giving them a processing solution that is both elegant and powerful,” added UA Senior Product Manager Lev Perrey. “Coupled with our roadmap of exciting new plug-ins, we anticipate this product expanding our 40,000-strong UAD user base significantly in the years to come.”

Notable UAD-2 Satellite features include:

  • Access the UAD Powered Plug-Ins library on select Firewire 800 and 400 equipped computers
  • Compatible with a wide range of modern Intel-based iMacs and MacBook Pros (PC support in development)
  • Run larger mixes in Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Performer and more — without taxing host computer CPU
  • 5 models to choose from: DUO (Core); DUO Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher); QUAD (Core), QUAD Flexi (w/ $500 Plug-In Voucher), and QUAD Omni v.5.7 (w/ 50 UAD plug-ins)

Best of all, the complete line of UAD-2 Satellite DSP Accelerators is shipping late January and the price for UAD-2 Satellite is the same as for the equivalent PCIe card!

For all details, FAQs and latest release information on the UAD-2 Satellite, visit UA’s website.


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