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Universal Audio 1176LN Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • Stuart Niven

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

  • 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!

  • Tommy Patzius

    I use my Universal Audio 1176LN to add sparkle to the top end of my tracks. It keeps everything tight and crisp, which is why I use it every time I track vocals. Itís also my go to for when I need to get guitars or pianos to cut through the mix, and I love crushing drums and creating fuzz bass tones by using its famous all-buttons-in mode.

  • 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!

  • from Ohio April 8, 2017Music Background:
    Assistant Engineer Wall of Shadows Studio and Session Bass Player.

    The best of the best!

    We've used these units in our main studio for many years. We have some of the older Urei units along side these newer reissued units. They all sound great. Maybe a little different in some ways but none of them sound bad. Personally I prefer the reissue units.

    Nothing that goes into these units ever comes out sounding bad. They are a studio standard for a reason. They kick major butt and add a weight to any signal in a way that is very unique to them. At our main studio and in my home studio we've tried many different versions of the 1176.

    Most sound pretty good. No two units sound exactly alike (especially true with vintage gear) but most of them will give you the classic 1176(ish) vibe. However none of the clones sound as much like a true 1176 as the Universal Audio units do. If you want the sound of the real deal, buy the real deal. Sure it's more money but is it worth the extra money?

    I think so. it's best to demo one for your self and test it along side the clones and judge for yourself. It's been said by some that the reissue UA1176LN units are a bit " Vanilla" or bland sounding when compared to the original Ueri units.

    My take on it is I don't agree with that observation. However I will say the Ueri units do sound a bit different but not necessarily better. Both sound great but as another professional says all the time, "Horses for courses." In other words match the tool to the task.

    Not every preamp sounds great on every source. The same for microphones, compressors, ect. I'm yet to be unhappy with ANY UA 1176 reissue. I use then one I purchased in my home studio since I do a lot of session work from home these days. it saves me time from having to go our main facility and use our UA's or the older Ueri's.

    Currently I'm using mine mainly for bass and vocals and let me tell you. There are many great sounding compressors/limiting amplifiers on the market but there is a very special mojo that this box imparts on the signal and nothing else can touch it. Do you ever wonder how the big time guys get that "Finished and polished" sound?

    Well it's not just with a 1176 but many times it's one of their secret and main weapons to get there. It works very well. As for the details of the unit itself:

    1. It's very well built just as you would expect from Universal Audio.

    2. It' weighs a ton thanks to the massive transformers inside.

    3. All the knobs and switches feel great and won't fail any time soon.

    4. It sounds as massive as you would expect something of this caliber to.

    5. It's darn expensive but well worth it.

    6. Did I mention that it kicks major butt on bass, and everything for that matter?

    All in all I would urge anyone looking at 1176 style dynamics to look no further than this unit. Try one for yourself and if your not impressed with it then I don't think any other unit on the market will do anything for you. If you can spare the cash grab one of these. You won't be sorry. Buy once and cry once.

    I'm glad I have mine and would love to have the cash right now to get another one!

    I highly recommend this! Anybody that is somebody has one of these and for good reason.


  • 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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