Universal Audio 2-610S Silverface

2-channel Mic Preamp with -15dB Pad, Phase Reverse, and Shelving EQ
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Legendary Tube Pre — Times Two

The 2-610 mic preamp/EQ from Universal Audio brings the best of their preamp designs to a dual-channel format. The 2-610 features the solid build and audiophile components that define UA quality. Based on the preamps in the legendary Bill Putnam 610 console, the all-tube 2-610 imparts its alluring, characteristic warmth to all your recordings. It's the perfect front end if you're working in-the-box, taking the chill off, and breathing life into clinical-sounding digital recordings. Through the 2-610, vocals shimmer with vibrancy; direct bass sounds huge and round; drums sound fat and punchy. Sweetwater's advice: if you want to make great-sounding music, you need a great front end: the Universal Audio 2-610.

A modern studio classic

The tube preamp/DI/EQ section of the 2-610 is based on the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the late 1950s and early '60s. From The Beach Boys to Van Halen to Coldplay, countless classics have been recorded using these preamps, noted for their musical character and warmth. The 2-610 packs tremendous sonic versatility and is an ideal front end for tracking with modern DAWs and the serious project studio seeking authentic UA sound. Handcrafted in Universal Audio's Scotts Valley, California labs, the '610 offers weapons-grade build quality and colorful sonic character at an accessible price.

Vintage sound, modern flexibility

The 2-610 gives you extended-range, continuous Gain and Level controls for precise gain staging that yields a versatile sonic palette ranging from warm, vibrant cleans to tasty vintage coloration. The 2-610 has all the essentials: a classic Putnam 610 console mic pre with switchable 48V phantom power, direct instrument input, highpass filter, polarity reverse, and flexible dual impedance selection for both Mic and DI inputs. For maximum flexibility, the 2-610 also includes great-sounding low-and high-frequency shelving EQ, each with three selectable hinge frequencies.

Universal Audio 2-610 Mic Preamp/EQ Features:

  • Record through a legendary tube circuit
  • Classic Putnam 610 console mic preamplifier
  • High- and low-frequency shelving EQ, each with 3 selectable hinge frequencies
  • Add tube euphonics and girth to any mic or direct input
  • Gain, Level, and impedance selection for maximum tonal versatility
  • DI instrument input with switchable impedance
  • Rugged steel 2RU chassis
  • Legendary UA build quality and heritage
  • Handcrafted in UA's Scotts Valley, California labs

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR (Mic), 2 x XLR (Line), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 12.25"
Width 19"
Weight 12.25 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2610D

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

2-610 sounds great , looks great !

Very happy with this preamp. Seems to be compatible with any sound source. Guitars , basses , mics, keyboards, whatever. Great analog vibe while still having the adaptability of a modern design team. Props to the UA folks. Now I have to ante up for the matching compressor ! A great piece of gear.
Music background: Professional musician.
5/5

excellent-get one!

excellent on everything, outstanding audio quality.
Music background: analog recording minister of tone producer engineer musician
5/5

Work the h*** out of it - it'll take it

I use this on pretty much everything I can. Even after mixdown, I route everything back through it. These units are hand built with love, and it shows.
Music background: Engineer, Pro Musician, Composer
5/5

Great Sound

This Mic preamp is a great Track inside your song and this choice was The opinion of my sales engineer Mr : brad every ...who advice me to go For it ....Thank you brad... It is true fat - clear - sweet sound Chanel I would give it 10 stars .....but 5 only the available choice
Music background: World Style
5/5

Best... Pre... Ever.

Everything I run through it just sounds better. Period.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Producer, Composer, Emcee, DJ

Sweetwater Advice

Charlie Davis

The UA 610 is easily one of my favorite preamps for electric guitars and vocals. It has been used on countless records over the years and is still a go-to for many studio pros. There is a great Solo610 version for just the pre, but I prefer the 2-610 because you also get a nice EQ, and well, there's two of them.
See also: Universal Audio, Universal Audio Preamps