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Universal Audio 1176LN Reviews

5.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • Stuart Niven

    The Universal Audio 1176LN is a "must-have" piece of studio equipment for your rack.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • from Florida April 23, 2014Music Background:
    Recording/Mix Engineer

    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!

  • from Seattle, WA December 7, 2012Music Background:

    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.

  • from van nuys, ca December 6, 2011Music Background:

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


  • from St. Louis, MO October 20, 2011Music Background:
    Producer, Songwriter, Guitarist

    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!!!

  • from South Africa July 30, 2010Music Background:
    Producer/Engineer, Pro musician

    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!

  • from boston, ma July 1, 2008Music Background:
    recording engineer, live sound, muscian, student

    Best Compressor/Limiter I have ever used

    There is absolutely nothing that this thing cannot handle. this thing and the dbx 160a are my all-time favorite compressors. the knobs are big and i like buttons for the ratio. and the famous all-buttons-in mode sounds great. DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON BASS, its sounds so amazing. I don't have one personally but i use it at a studio i go to and whenever i have a bass track i always try to get it on this thing because it always sounds great. the only downer is the price but hell, its PRO gear. GET IT NOW

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