Universal Audio have just announced their UAD 9.1 Software update including raft of new Plug-Ins and some new features as well as compatibility improvements and bug fixes.
About UAD Thunderbolt Compatibility with Windows 10 Systems
UAD v9.0.0 introduces Windows 10 PC compatibility with all Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and UAD-2 products (Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, Apollo 16 MkII, Apollo Twin Thunderbolt, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt, and first-generation silver Apollo/Apollo 16 models equipped with a Thunderbolt Option Card).
Apollo Thunderbolt models can be combined with UAD-2 PCIe cards and UAD-2 Satellite (Thunderbolt, FireWire, and USB models). For details, see this article.
Both the original Thunderbolt 1 Option Card and the newer Thunderbolt 2 Option Card for Apollo are compatible.
Apollo Thunderbolt cannot be combined with Apollo FireWire or Apollo Twin USB (multiple Apollo connection types are incompatible).
Connecting more than one Apollo unit via Thunderbolt is currently incompatible. This feature will be available in a future software release.
This looks like a rather interesting surprise, Could it be the first serious proprietary audio DSP FX competition for Universal Audio's UAD2 platform since the demise of the TC Electronic Powercore?
I was watching a video online recently where Intel's Director Of Thunderbolt Marketing Jason Ziller was being interviewed about Thunderbolt 3 and its recent strong uptake by Windows PC and Peripheral device manufacturers.
Towards the end of the interview Jason was asked whether Thunderbolt 3 Hubs would be available with 4,5 or 6 ports and his answer was rather surprising:
You may have seen various technology and news websites reporting on USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 emerging as the ultimate answer to all of our connectivity and compatibility payers and this might be the closest to the truth we have seen from any "latest and greatest" technology for quite some time, However along with new technologies come many new questions, learning curves and various levels of understanding to get your head around.
This article is a starting point that is intended to help its reader get a firm grounding in what its all about and hopefully will demystify elements or confusion for you, We've added an FAQ at the bottom for quick reference and if there are any questions that you may have that are not answered in the article please post a comment and we'll be happy to help answer them for you.
Are we sitting comfortably ? ......Then lets begin.......
Microsoft Windows Evangelist Pete Brown has posted on the Gearsluts forum the statement many Pro Audio Windows users have been waiting to hear: