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Universal Audio Arrow

Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
Published May 2018
By Paul White

Universal Audio Arrow

The Arrow offers two-channel recording and UA’s celebrated plug-ins, all at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 connector.

The Universal Audio Arrow, compatible with macOS and Windows, builds on the technology already used in the Apollo range of products to combine a bus-powered audio interface with the ability to run any UAD DSP-hosted plug-ins using its onboard SHARC-based UAD2 Solo Core engine. Furthermore, it includes the Apollo’s ability to run plug-ins with Realtime UAD Processing, courtesy of its Console software, which means you can record through the plug-ins, or use them for monitoring purposes without incurring the usual latency issues encountered when using DAW-hosted plug-ins. Of course there is no such thing as zero latency, as it takes maybe the best part of a millisecond for the A-to-D and D-to-A converters to do their thing, and even the slickest coding can’t stop the various plug-ins and the control Console software adding a further tiny delay of their own. But in reality the delay when using Realtime UAD Processing is so small that for all practical purposes it can be considered as being zero latency — typically below three milliseconds at a 96kHz sample rate and maybe twice that at 44.1kHz.

Another major feature that Apollo brings to the Arrow is Unison, which really is quite a big deal and is unique to UA. Arrow’s two Unison-enabled mic preamps have the...

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Published May 2018