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Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

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Product Description
A DSP accelerator and dedicated set of processing chips for plug-ins, the Universal Audio UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt packs a whole lot of power into a small package. It plugs directly into your computer and performs in-unit audio processing for improved performance with reduced plug-in latency Read More

Mar 3, 2016
so.... what exactly does this thing do? I'm not generally into audio, but I don't see what an audio processor would benefit EDIT: I watched some reviews, but still find it hard to believe this would help any decently powerful computer
Mar 8, 2016
Agree with most of what you say, but the one thing people haven't mentioned here is latency. This will likely deliver far better latency, even over thunderbolt, and even if your cpu isn't being taxed. But... most people can likely get their latency low enough to be usable without it.
Jul 7, 2017
It's all about latency and quality. This device runs all the plugins at very very low latency even at the highest sampling rate because they are running parallel across 4 dedicated DSP chips. Whereas you CPU has to run the operating system, the DAW, and the plugins across it's available cores. In fact the DSPs are also running all simulations at 192kHz internally no matter what your external sample rate is. So the effects are also of very high quality.
Additionally, because this unit and the other units in the Apollo series are connected over the e-PCI channels on the Thunderbolt connector, the devices can communicate and route audio amongst themselves acting like one giant interface that gets bigger the more devices you add.
If you do a lot of in the box mixing and recording and heavily use plug-ins, having one of these is pretty much a must.
Mar 1, 2016
It's about time UA is onboard with Massdrop...bring on the audio interfaces!!!
Mar 1, 2016
The dscription reads the upgrade as $XX in the first note: paragraph.
Mar 1, 2016
TasselhoffIf you click to join the drop, you have the option of selecting the Quad or the Octo (+$450)
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