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Universal Audio Ships the Arrow portable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with real-time DSP - EMusician
The USB-C bus-powered Arrow Thunderbolt 3 interface has Unison mic preamps, real-time UAD plug-In processing, and a 14 plug-in bundle for $499 street price.

Scotts Valley, CA • January 16th, 2018 — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to introduce the Arrow Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows — now available in stores worldwide. Thunderbolt 3 ports have the same shape as the emerging standard USB-C. Thunderbolt 3 is also compatible with all USB-C cables and devices.

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Featuring two Unison mic preamps, real-time UAD plug-In processing, and class-leading Universal Audio conversion, this portable 2x4 bus-powered Thunderbolt 3 audio interface provides a generous collection of 14 UAD plug-ins to record album-quality vocals, guitars and more at near-zero latency.

Derived from Universal Audio’s award-winning Apollo interfaces, Arrow features an onboard UAD-2 SOLO Core processor, letting musicians monitor and record through the full library of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — at near-zero latency, no matter their audio software buffer setting.

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Arrow also features acclaimed Unison mic preamp technology, giving musicians the tone, touch and feel of the world’s most sought-after tube and transformer-based mic preamps and guitar amplifiers.

The included UAD studio mixing tools — featuring classic compressors, EQs, and reverbs — enable musicians, electronic producers, and songwriters to produce polished tracks quickly and easily, right out of the box. Highlights include the UA 610-B Tube Preamp and Marshall Plexi Classic plug-ins — and Arrow can be expanded with exclusive titles from Neve, SSL, Fender and Ampeg.

The Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle, included with Arrow. 

The Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle, included with Arrow. 

The UAD library offers more than 100 titles, including everything from classic Moog filters to Ampex tape to Lexicon reverbs — with more being added every few months. These are the same UAD plug-ins used on hit records by Kendrick Lamar, Coldplay, Dr. Dre, Brad Paisley and many more.

Arrow is now shipping, with an estimated street price of $499.

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Arrow Desktop Audio Interface — Key Features:

The Universal Audio Arrow software Console.

The Universal Audio Arrow software Console.

  • Desktop 2x4 Thunderbolt 3-powered audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion.
  • Unison mic preamp technology provides the tone, touch and feel of the world’s most sought-after tube and transformer-based mic preamps and guitar amplifiers from Neve, API, Manley, Marshall, Fender, and more*.
  • Realtime UAD Processing allows near-zero latency tracking with classic UAD plug-in effects, regardless of software buffer setting.
  • Includes studio compressors, EQs, reverbs, and guitar amp emulations, and more as part of the “Realtime Analog Classics” bundle — featuring 14 quality UAD Plug-Ins.
  • Bus-powered connection to modern Mac and Windows systems for easy portability and reduced cable clutter.

*Arrow includes the "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD 14-plug-in bundle. All other plug-ins are sold separately at www.uaudio.com. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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About UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo Thunderbolt/Firewire audio interfaces, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.

About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog Ears. Digital Minds.”