Universal Audio 1176LN

Limiting Class A Line Level Amplifier with All Transistor Circuitry
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Classic And Timeless Limiter!

Universal Audio's 1176LN set the lead among limiters many years ago, and it still is one of the most widely used - and highly respected - limiters in pro audio! This is a revamped, updated version of the original 1176LN that retains all the unique qualities that made it a must have! Features include pushbutton selection of compression ratios, 4:1 8:1, 12:1, 20:1; ultra-fast attack time - 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds; adjustable release time - 50 milliseconds to 1.1 second; and a Class A line-level output amplifier.

The original Universal Audio 1176LN designed by Bill Putnam was a major breakthrough in limiter technology - the first true peak limiter with all-transistor circuitry offering superior performance and a signature sound. Evolved from the popular Universal Audio 175 and 176 vacuum tube limiters, the 1176LN retained the proven qualities of these industry leaders, and set the standard for all limiters to follow.

Today, the 1176LN is new again. While it certainly would have been possible - and much simpler - to modernize and "improve" the 1176LN, every effort was made to remain faithful to Putnam's design and intentions. Carefully trained staff hand-wire and test each unit until it meets uncompromising standards. This Universal Audio Classic version of the 1176LN captures all the nuance of the original through obsessive attention to detail and delivers that trademark sound.

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  • True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
  • Modeled after 1176LN, blackface, D and E revisions
  • F.E.T. gain reduction
  • Pushbutton selection of compression ratios, 4:1 8:1, 12:1, 20:1
  • Ultra-fast attack time - 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
  • Adjustable release time - 50 milliseconds to 1.1 second
  • Class A line-level output amplifier
  • Custom-built Putnam-designed output transformer
  • Stereo interconnect operation
  • Contemporary styling and eye-pleasing industrial design

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Tech Specs

Type FET
Number of Channels 1
Controls Input, Output, Attack, Release, Ratio (Buttons)
Ratio 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Inputs 1 x XLR
Outputs 1 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 12.25"
Width 19"
Weight 11 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 1176D

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Pro Quality Audio

If you struggling to make your vocals, guitar, bass, ect in a mix this will get you where you need to be. No plug in can actually do what this does and its simply amazing I set the settings and everything just sits in the mix how I want it to. I have a home recording studio and my clients are blown away by the quality it's like I'm making record label quality in a bedroom studio! The one thing I really dislike about this compressor is that it's not build like a tank like an LA-2A with a hard metal chassis if your going to pay 2 grand for something it should be but other than that I love what it does for my audio!
Music background: Recording/Mix Engineer

Pro status

I've been trying for years to get my client's vocals to sound competitive with big budget studios. Well this compressor was definitely the tipping point. Now I run every single vocal I track through the 1176 on the way in. It's not even worth working without it.
Music background: Producer

great item, that is if you care about great audio.

Music background: producer-engineer-musician-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist

Excellent Reissue Piece

After using 1176 in other studios over the years, I finally picked one up. This is a must-have for any true audio professional. If someone sees an 1176 in your rack, they will know their compression needs are covered. The 1176 can do whatever you need it to, squash, definitely. Smoother, of course. Make you breakfast, yup. You need this piece!!!
Music background: Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist

The best 2k I have ever spend!

If you want the big bugged sound, buy this Comp! It's punchy, clean, true and in your face! This is my go limiter for bass and certain guitars. The "All Button Mode" is simply astonishing!
Music background: Producer/Engineer, Pro musician

Sweetwater Advice

Jeffrey Green

The 1176LN inspired the phrase "pump-and-breathe" in terms of compression. It is an indispensable studio tool and sounds like you've put a big, expensive fur coat on that particular instrument. Amazing on everything!

Jason Koons

The 1176LN is one of the most recognized pieces of rack equipment in the world. You'll find one or more of these in just about every pro-studio because of the sonic hug that it puts around your audio, in any application!

Stuart Niven

The Universal Audio 1176LN is a "must-have" piece of studio equipment for your rack.
See also: Compressors, Universal Audio, Universal Audio Compressors / Limiters, Universal Audio Compressors / Limiters