Watch: Universal Audio compressors that revolutionised recording

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Watch: Universal Audio compressors that revolutionised recording

Universal Audio
Words by Mixdown staff

Universal Audio's history is built on the back of innovation and an inventive attitude.

Join Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. as he shares how he found purpose in the recording industry, discovering his “tribe” in the music community and following in his father’s footsteps to bring legendary studio gear to producers and engineers around the world. He discusses the origin of the 610 tube preamp, Teletronix LA-2A optical compressor, 1176 limiter, and how they inspired the creation of the modernized 6176 & LA-610 channel strips– and eventually the LA-6176 channel strip plug-in.

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Teletronix LA-2A optical compressor

For over 50 years the Teletronix LA-2A has been revered for its smooth, natural, musical compression. WIth its unique tube-driven electro-optical attenuator system that allows instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion, the LA-2A massages signals like no other compressor ever made.

Universal Audio 1176 Compressor

Upon its release in 1967, the 1176 Limiting Amplifier became an instant classic because of its unique lightning-fast attack and release times, musical Class A output stage, and its wide range of sounds, ranging from subtle, near-transparent compression, to all-out drive and distortion.

Universal Audio’s 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier is a handbuilt, faithful reproduction of Bill Putnam Sr.’s original visionary design — an iconic piece of audio history that had a hand behind classic recordings from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and more.

LA‑6176 Signature Channel Strip Plug‑in

Universal Audio Inc. (UA), a worldwide leader in audio production tools, is proud to introduce the LA‑6176 Signature Channel Strip plug‑in, combining the company’s famed 610 tube preamp, 1176 FET compressor, and LA‑2A tube compressor into a single Unison‑enabled plug‑in, available in both UADx (Native) and UAD‑2/Apollo formats.

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