Arrow is the world’s first Thunderbolt 3-powered desktop recording audio interface for Mac and Windows — delivering class-leading audio conversion, two Unison™ mic preamps, and a suite of onboard UAD plug-ins for album-quality results.
This compact 2×4 interface starts with esteemed UA conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo interface range, to sonically outperform anything in its class. With its Unison technology and built-in UAD-2 SOLO Core processor, you can record through classic audio tools including the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and a genuine Marshall Plexi amp plug-in — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer setting. Plus, Arrow includes LUNA Recording System, Universal Audio’s groundbreaking recording application.
Sensational plug-in bundle included!
UAD Powered Plug-ins have earned their reputation for being some of the most accurate emulations of analog audio equipment ever created. The astonishing processing power of the UAD platform is what makes these plug-ins sound so great. You simply can’t get the depth, color, and character these plug-ins have without devoting huge CPU resources to them. Best of all, Arrow lets you record your audio through UAD plug-ins in real time with sub-2ms latency. You’ll receive the Realtime Analog Classics bundle, which includes:
- UA 610‐B
- Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
- Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
- UA 1176LN Legacy
- UA 1176SE Legacy
- Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
- Pultec Pro Legacy
- Precision Channel Strip
- Precision Reflection Engine
- Precision Delay Modulation
- Precision Delay Modulation L
- Raw Distortion
- Ampeg SVT-VR
Thunderbolt: Ultra-low latency and unrivaled bandwidth
Thunderbolt is one of the most important technologies to impact audio production in years, and UA was one of the first to adopt it. Thanks to its blazing-fast connectivity, Thunderbolt offers lower latency and greater stability than USB or FireWire, clocking in with the speed and ultra-fast performance of a PCI Express system — but with the convenience of a single cable. Arrow’s Thunderbolt 3 connection lets you run projects with high track counts at incredibly low latency. In fact, you can even record through UAD plug-ins in real time with less than 2ms latency!
A gift from Sweetwater — free Thunderbolt 3 cable included
To ensure you’re equipped for recording right out of the box, Sweetwater is including a free Thunderbolt 3 cable with this interface. Plug into a Thunderbolt 3-equipped desktop or laptop computer, and enjoy ultra-fast performance with incredibly low latency.
UAD-2 processing power built in!
There are times when your computer just doesn’t have the power and speed to run all the plug-ins your recording session needs. With UAD Powered Plug-ins, the processing load is taken off your computer and borne by UAD’s super-powerful Analog Devices SHARC processors. Universal Audio’s Arrow interface has one of these SHARC processors built in, which gives you enough power to track small sessions and start building your mix.
Smart I/O selection for a desktop interface
For smaller studios and mobile producers, the Arrow zeros in on what you need for productive sessions. You’ve got a pair of Unison mic/line inputs, which sound detailed and transparent. Beyond that, an instrument input, two analog outputs, and a high-quality headphone output give you enough I/O for most small tracking sessions.
It’s just the right setup for producers on the go, for engineers who need to mix with powerful UAD plug-ins outside of their studio, and even for DJs who want the best possible live sound they can get. If you’re not sure how you would integrate the Arrow into your existing setup, just give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call!
Bridging the gap between your UAD-equipped studio and everywhere else
If you mix with UAD plug-ins in your studio but also like to record and mix outside your studio, the Arrow is the missing link you’ve been waiting for. With just your laptop and the Arrow, you can easily take powerful UAD processing anywhere you go.
And the live sound possibilities are awesome: use the Arrow as a real-time processor for your bass or guitar, and take your studio sound onstage. If you’re an electronic music producer who also DJs, using the Arrow as your live performance interface will give you huge, detailed sound that will make other DJs jealous.
So while the Arrow is a great entry point for new UAD users, it’s also the perfect way to take your existing UAD-powered projects on the road.