Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip

The classic Putnam 610 preamp, plus the legendary 1176 compressor, equals one unbeatable channel strip. Warm up vocals, drums, and more with the UA 6176.
Take your tone to a whole other level with the Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip, which brings together the warm tube sounds of the legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 microphone preamplifier with the FET compression of Universal Audio's one and only 1176LN. A fantastic front-end for recording drums, vocals, acoustic instruments, and more, the 6176 Vintage Channel Strip is well-equipped to make your recordings sound like a million bucks -- or at least sound like they cost a million bucks to produce.

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Whether it's used in the personal studio, project studio, or professional recording studio, this UA channel strip delivers the unique characteristics of a classic compressor used in studios around the world, and the smooth tones of the lauded 610 mic preamp design.

2 Essential Pieces of Hardware in 1 Chassis

Two units in one, the 6176 Vintage Channel Strip puts the workhorse 1176LN compressor on one side of the rackmountable unit, and the 610 microphone preamplifier on the other. The 1176 section stays true to UA's original 1176LN design and maintains all the same features, but with the addition of high-tension power regulation for improved bass response and a front-panel 15 dB pad switch. The 610 section offers Mic, Line and hi-Z inputs, and two bands of shelving EQ.

Split or Join -- It's Up to You

What do engineers like Joe Chiccarelli and Vance Powell, read more and artists/groups like Norah Jones and the Shins have in common? They all use the 6176. Offering a flexible, single-channel signal path, the 6176 combines a recreated 1176 with one channel of the 610 mic pre. By flipping a switch for Split and Join modes, you can split the 6176 Vintage Channel Strip into its two parts (preamp section and compressor section), or you can join them as a complete channel.

Features:

- All-tube mic preamp section derived from legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
- Signature 1176LN Class A FET compressor section delivers that classic sound
- "Split" or "Join" switch allows separate or series operation of the preamp and compressor
- High- and low-frequency shelving EQ
- Variable impedance input, gain, and output levels
- Mic-level, balanced line-level, and Hi-Z (high-impedance) instrument inputs
- Ultra-quiet operation
- Stereo interconnection via 1176-SA
- Backed by Universal Audio's 1-year limited warranty
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Specifications
Connections:
- Audio inputs - mic pre section
- Microphone: female XLR
- Balanced line: female XLR
- Unbalanced line/instrument: 1/4 in. jack on front panel

Audio inputs - compressor section:
- Balanced line: female XLR for use in Split Mode

Audio outputs - mic pre section:
- Balanced line: male XLR for use in Split Mode

Audio outputs - compressor section:
- Balanced line: male XLR

Front panel controls - pre-amp section:
- Impedance selector
- Mic: selectable - 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

Polarity Reverse Switch:
- 48-volt phantom power
- Join/Split switch for joint or independent compressor/pre-amp operation

Front panel controls - compressor section:
- 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 Features:
- Stereo interconnection - with 1176 SA Network accessory
- Vacuum tubes: one 12AX7A and one 12BH7 per channel
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 17.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): UAD 6176
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 831-440-1176

UA 6176 Vintage Channel Strip

The 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 our 1176LN, to create the ultimate recording channel strip. The warm, smooth tones of this mic 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.

Features:

- All-tube mic preamp section derived from legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
- Signature 1176LN Class A FET compressor section, as heard on countless hit records for more than 30 years
- "Split" or "Join" switch allows separate or series operation of the preamp and compressor
- 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

Thanks to its straightforward 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 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. UA has recreated the 1176LN for the compressor section of the 6176 with the same exacting, attention to detail and tradition used on the 1176LN. The resulting character, heritage and tone simply cannot be found on other channel strip units.