About Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapters

Apollo devices listed below are equipped with Thunderbolt 2 ports, but can be used with newer computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports:

  • Apollo Twin
  • Apollo Twin MkII
  • Apollo 8 
  • Apollo 8p
  • Apollo 16
  • Apollo 16 MkII
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 2 Accelerators

They can be used Thunderbolt 3 ports on newer computers if the specifications below are fulfilled:

  • Thunderbolt 3 connections on macOS require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter. Thunderbolt 3 connections on Windows require a Startech Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter.
  • Only Thunderbolt 3 or 4 cables can be used. USB cables are not compatible.
  • The minimum required operating system are:
    – For macOS users: macOS Catalina 10.15, Big Sur 11, Monterey 12, Ventura 13, Sonoma 14.
    – For Windows users: Windows 10 (64-bit Edition) or Windows 11.

Important Note: Thunderbolt 2 devices are not compatible with Thunderbolt 4 ports on Windows.

Additional Notes

  • Operating systems not listed above are untested. Although untested operating systems may work, they are not supported by Universal Audio. Prior UAD software for older operating systems and discontinued UAD products is available in the UAD software archives
  • Pre-release and beta versions of operating systems are not supported.
  • AMD systems are untested with UAD Thunderbolt devices. Although untested systems may work, they are not supported by Universal Audio.
  • For updated details on macOS and Windows compatibility, read this article.

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