Announced today in the run up to NAMM 2018, we have the Universal Audio Arrow Thunderbolt 3 audio interface. The UA Arrow is a compact, desktop audio interface that brings the combined power of Universal Audio’s interface technology and their UAD2 processing and plugin range to a new low pricepoint.
Universal Audio Arrow – the TL;DR version
This might be the first time I’ve ever written TL;DR in blog post, but it seems to have entered the lexicon, so there we go.
- Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows
- Bus powered
- 2 inputs with Unison mic preamps
- Instrument input
- 2 TRS line outputs
- Headphone output
- UAD-2 Solo on-board DSP
- Realtime Analog Classics plugin bundle included
The UA Arrow interface – the got a bit more time version
The Universal Audio Arrow is derived from the best-selling – and technologically fantastic – Apollo interfaces, which have been a Red Dog Music favourite for some time now.
The UA Arrow gives you two of the acclaimed Unison mic preamps, ready to model all those classic mic pres with incredible accuracy – and with incredibly low latency – thanks to that onboard DSP and the impedance modelling of the preamp itself. The inputs double up as a pair of line inputs, and there’s an instrument input on the front for your guitar or bass.
The Arrow puts a single core of UAD2 processing in your studio, so you’re ready to get to work tracking and mixing with the same plugins that were used to mix plenty of the world’s biggest records.
What plugins come with the Universal Audio Arrow?
UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ
Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
Precision Delay Modulation
Precision Delay Modulation L
Precision Reflection Engine
Precision Channel Strip
Pultec EQP-1A EQ Legacy
Pultec Pro EQ Legacy
Raw Distortion Guitar Pedal
Softube Bass Amp Room 8×10
Teletronix LA-2A Compressor Legacy
UA 1176LN Compressor Legacy
UA 1176SE Compressor Legacy
Should I buy the UA Arrow?
Well, only you can answer that, but it certainly has some selling points really going for it. On price, it’s more than £150 cheaper than the Apollo Twin Solo mkII, so you’re saving a big chunk of change, but then the Apollo Twin is quite a bit more interface.
What the Arrow really has going for it is the fact that it is bus powered. Perfect for convenience, working on the go and reducing cable clutter. Also, it offers a great way to start taking advantage of those fantastic plugins and if you need more power, you can always add a satellite.
Basically then, the Universal Audio Arrow offers you a stupidly good quality audio interface with UAD2 DSP power on-board, at the cheapest price so far, and it’s nice and portable. If you don’t need the features on the Apollo Twins or rack units, why pay for them when you can take home an Arrow?
If you have any more questions about the Universal Audio Arrow, or any of the UA range, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The Universal Audio Arrow [likely to become] FAQ
Does the Universal Audio have an instrument / DI input? Yes.
How many plugins can I run on the Universal Audio Arrow? That depends on a couple of things, but you can check the handy chart!
Is the Universal Audio Arrow bus powered? Yes.
Is the Universal Audio Arrow compatible with Windows systems? Yes, but check your computer’s specs against the Arrow’s requirements.
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