Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip

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Universal Audio 6176
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Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip

The Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip provides the perfect solution for the studio in search of rich sound and is an excellent cure for the sterile two-dimensional sound that digital recording can sometimes exhibit.

Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip Details

The Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip provides the perfect solution for the studio in search of rich sound and is an excellent cure for the sterile two-dimensional sound that digital recording can sometimes exhibit.

Advances in digital recording technology are providing users with tremendous power and flexibility for increasingly less money. All too often, however, the audio quality of these systems is limited by their input stages. Many users who demand the power and flexibility of today's recording technology find themselves yearning for the warmth and tone of yesteryear's hand-built analog circuitry. Now with the release of the 6176, Universal Audio, for the first time, combines their highly acclaimed 610 tube microphone preamp with their legendary 1176LN compressor to create the ultimate single channel signal path for everything from vocals to vibraphones.

610B Mic Pre - 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 mic 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 15db 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 it's 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 our 1176LN. The resulting character, heritage and tone simply cannot be found on other channel strip units.

Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip Features

  • Classic Sound of the Legendary 610 Modular Console
  • Variable Input Gain and Output Levels
  • Ultra Quiet Operation
  • Mic, Balanced Line, and Hi-Z Inputs
  • Multiple Impedance Settings
  • Classic EQ
  • Classic 1176LN Compression
  • Stereo Interconnection via 1176-SA
  • Use Mic Pre & Compressor Separately ("Split") or in Series ("Join")

Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip Specifications

Mic Pre Section

  • Microphone Input: female XLR
  • Balanced line Input: female XLR
  • Unbalanced line/instrument Input: 1/4 inch jack on front panel
  • Balanced line Output: male XLR for use in Split Mode

Compressor Section

  • Balanced line Input: female XLR for use in Split Mode
  • Balanced line Ouput: male XLR

Front Panel Controls

Pre-amp Section

  • Mic Input Impedance selector - 500 ohms or 2kOhms
  • Line: fixed - 13.8kOhms
  • Hi-Z: selectable, 2.2 Meg ohms or 47kOhms

HF Shelf EQ

  • Switchable boost/cut at 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 9dB
  • Corner frequency select: 4.5kHz, 7kHz, 10kHz

LF Shelf EQ

  • Switchable boost/cut: 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 9dB
  • Corner frequency select: 70Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz
  • Input gain
  • Output gain
  • Attack
  • Release
  • Compression ratio: bypass, 1:1, 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1 and All Button mode
  • Meter Select: Pre-amp output, compressor gain reduction, and compressor output

Additional Specs

  • -15dB Pad Switch
  • Polarity Reverse Switch
  • Vacuum tubes: one 12AX7A and one 12BH7 per channel
  • 48-volt phantom power
  • Join/Split switch for joint or independent compressor/pre-amp operation

What We Think - Universal Audio 6176 Review

"The Universal Audio is undeniably one of my favorite channel strips out there. The 610 preamp loves compression and the 1176LN gives it in spades. The 610 preamp's character is such that it has become one of my favorite pres for use on acoustic guitar and vocals. But it is most certainly the sound of the history of rock and roll. Everyone from The Beach Boys, The Doors, Van Halen, and many, many more have had their albums benefit from the sound of these classic preamplifiers. And when it comes to the 1176LN, well, that list expands exponentially to a point that makes it impossible to even begin to start going through. There probably isn't a serious studio in the world that doesn't have at least one or a pair of the 1176LN. Universal Audio has made the 6176 a piece worthy of the professional studio while also being within the range of the discriminating home studio user. The 'Split' and 'Join' modes of the 6176 make this unit a perfect 'rack buddy' since you can simultaneously access either the preamp or the compressor separately or use them together for the same signal. Every studio needs at least one piece of UA hardware. And if you could only choose one, the 6176 really makes the perfect choice."

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  • 5
    UA 6176

    Posted by Shark Studio on Jun 2nd 2019

    This is by far one of my favorite units for tracking vocals. 610 preamp with an 1176 compressor you really can't go wrong

  • 5
    vintage-y goodness

    Posted by Anonymous on May 17th 2012

    For a long time I was wondering why my digital recordings were sounding so harsh and brittle. Then I got one of these. Night and day. Just gobs of character. Maybe too much character for some, but if you're looking for that classic vintage tone, here it is.

  • 5
    Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip

    Posted by MICHAEL GOODROE on May 2nd 2011

    Multiple communications to keep me updated and an extra friendly phone manner kept my confidence that I was working with professionals. Great price as well on an expensive item!

  • 5
    Built Like a Brick

    Posted by Larry Matthews Studio 405 on Mar 22nd 2010

    This is the second UA piece in my rack. It's good buddy is the 610SE. As with all of their equipment, the build quality is super and all swithces and knobs are firm.

    This will perform just like you want it to. Join the UA fan club!! :0)

  • 5
    Great strip for overdubs

    Posted by Brandon Swafford on Mar 4th 2009

    I have owned this unit for a while and it gets tons of use by me every day in the studio. It's a great unit to have if you have a 003 or MBox (come in through the Line-Ins) and want to have one really great preamp and compressor for overdubs.

    The 610 is a classic preamp, and you can't go wrong with the 1176 limiter that is built in. What's great is you can use the two together, or separate, depending on what flavor you want. The 6176 sounds great to me on vocals, acoustics, just about anything, but especially bass! The only thing you have to watch is the headroom for the 610 preamp, but with a 15 db pad, and -10, -5, 0, +5, and +10 preamp gains, you can still get a great signal without clipping.