Universal Audio 6176
Vintage Channel Strip with Classic Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176-Style Compressor

OUR PART #:  6176

A Classic Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176-Style Compressor in a Single Unit.
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A Classic Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176-Style Compressor in a Single Unit.

Universal Audio's 6176 Vintage Channel Strip combines the alluring, all-tube sounds of the legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 microphone preamp, with the signature FET compression of their 1176LN, to create the ultimate recording channel strip.  The warm, smooth tones of this microphone preamp design — employed to record everyone from Frank Sinatra to Van Halen I — and the unique characteristics of the compressor, are two major reasons why the 6176 is found in studios around the world.

  • All-tube microphone preamp section derived from legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
  • Signature 1176LN Class A FET compressor section — heard on countless hit records for more than 30 years
  • "Split" or "Join" switch allows separate or series operation of the preamp and compressor
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-Year limited warranty

Thanks to its straight-forward controls and hallmark sound, the 6176 is the signal path of choice for engineering heavyweights like Vance Powell and Joe Chiccarelli, plus artists including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Norah Jones, Wyclef Jean, and James Mercer of The Shins.  The ability to "Split" or "Join" the preamp and the compressor sections via a simple switch gives the 6176 added flexibility.  This is truly UA's premier channel strip, and among the world's finest.

610B Microphone Preamp

The 2-610 microphone and instrument preamplifier has received praise from many corners.  Michael Cooper, in his review for Mix Magazine, called it "hands-down, the most dimensional mic preamp I've ever heard".  Peter Wade, engineer/producer who has worked with acts ranging from Wyclef Jean to Jennifer Lopez, said simply, "This box rocks."  The 6176 microphone preamp sections maintains the quality and character of the 2-610 while adding high-tension power regulation for improved bass response and a front-panel 15 dB pad switch.

1176LN Limiting Amplifier

As legendary engineer/producer Andy Johns put it, "The 1176LN is the workhorse compressor."  The 1176LN may well be the most loved compressor in history.  Its trademark lightning-quick attack and release times and the tone of its Class A output amplifier have enhanced countless recordings over the last thirty-five years.  Universal Audio has recreated the 1176LN for the compressor section of the 6176 with the same exacting, attention to detail and tradition we use on their 1176LN.  The resulting character, heritage and tone simply cannot be found on other channel strip units.

Additional Features:

  • High and Low frequency shelving EQ
  • Variable impedance Input, Gain, and Output levels
  • Mic, balanced Line, and Hi-Z inputs
  • Ultra-quiet operation
  • Stereo interconnection via 1176-SA
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-Year limited warranty
6176 Join Split Diagram

In "Join" mode, a single input signal is fed through the microphone/instrument preamp and then through the compressor. In "Split" mode, one signal can be fed into and out of the preamp/EQ section while a second can be fed into and out of the compressor section.

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