UAD-2 Satellite Firewire Installation, Registration & Authorization

The steps below will guide you through the process of installing the UAD software, registering your UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and authorizing your UAD plug-ins. 

Important Note for Windows users: On Windows systems, a qualfiied PCIe to FireWire 800 adapter card is required to connect Satellite FireWire to the PC. For details, see the Satellite FireWire Windows Compatibility article.

  1. Connect and power Satellite

    Before installing the UAD software, shut down the computer and connect your Satellite to a FireWire 800 port* with a FireWire 800 cable, then power on the Satellite first and the computer second. When connected via FireWire, the Satellite should always be powered on before powering on the computer. 

    *On Windows systems, a qualfiied PCIe to FireWire 800 adapter card is required to connect the Satellite to the PC.

  2. Download the UAD software

    Registration and authorization is managed by the UAD software. Visit to get the latest UAD software installer.

  3. Install the UAD software

    Open the UAD software installer after the download is complete. The installer will guide you through the process. Be sure to restart the computer when prompted. 

    Note: If the "Firmware Update" prompt appears, click Load and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

  4. Register your Satellite

    After restarting, your web browser will launch and connect to the UA website. You will be prompted to create an account or log in to an existing account (if not already logged in). Follow the instructions on the web pages to register your Satellite and claim the bundled UAD plug-ins.

    Note: If your web browser doesn't launch automatically, you can start the process manually by clicking the Authorize Plug-Ins button on the Plug-Ins panel in the UAD Meter & Control Panel.

  5. Authorize your Satellite

    After registration is complete, authorize your Satellite by clicking the Authorize Plug-Ins button on the Plug-Ins panel in the UAD Meter & Control Panel. On Mac systems, the system is ready for use once authorization is complete.


    For Windows systems, follow the steps in the articles below to configure Windows for use with your Satellite. After Windows configuration is complete, the system is ready for use. 

    Windows Setup - Required Settings
    Windows Optimization - Optional Settings

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