Universal Audio 6176

Analog Channel Strip with 610 Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176LN Compressor
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Two Studio Classics in One Affordable Box

The Universal Audio 6176 combines one channel of the legendary 610 amplifier with an updated 1176LN to create the ultimate single-channel signal path. The 610 amplifier is packed with features, such as mic, line, and hi-Z inputs; two bands of shelving EQ; and a 15dB pad. The 1176 side maintains all the same features found on the classic 1176LN. Each unit has dedicated ins and outs and can be used independently in Split mode or as a complete channel in Join mode.

Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip at a Glance:
  • Warmth and tone of yesteryear
  • 610B mic pre for vocals and a whole lot more
  • Perhaps the most used and loved compressor in history
Warmth and tone of yesteryear

Advances in digital recording technology are providing users with tremendous power and flexibility for increasingly less money. All too often, however, the audio quality of these systems is limited by their input stages. Many users who demand the power and flexibility of today's recording technology find themselves yearning for the warmth and tone of yesteryear's handbuilt analog circuitry. Now with the release of the 6176, Universal Audio for the first time combines their highly acclaimed 610 tube microphone preamp with their legendary 1176LN compressor to create the ultimate single-channel signal path for everything from vocals to vibraphones.

610B mic pre for vocals and a whole lot more

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 Universal Audio 6176's mic preamp sections maintain 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.

Perhaps the most used and loved compressor in history

The 1176LN may well be the most loved compressor in history. Its trademark lightning-quick attack and release times and the tone of its Class A output amplifier have enhanced countless recordings over the last 35 years. Universal Audio re-created the 1176LN for the compressor section of the 6176 with the same exacting attention to detail and tradition they use on their 1176LN. The resulting character, heritage, and tone simply cannot be found on other channel strip units. What's All-Button Mode? Find out at inSync, our weekly newsletter!

Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip Features:
  • Classic sound of the legendary 610 modular console
  • Variable input gain and output levels
  • Ultra-quiet operation
  • Mic, balanced line, and hi-Z inputs
  • Multiple impedance settings
  • Classic EQ
  • Classic 1176LN compression
  • Stereo interconnection via 1176-SA
  • Use mic pre and compressor separately (Split) or in series (Join)

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Preamp, Mic), 1 x XLR (Preamp, Line), 1 x XLR (Compressor, Line) 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR (Preamp), 1 x XLR (Compressor)
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 12.5"
Width 19"
Weight 12 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 6176D

Customer Reviews

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Solid and Classic

I have owned one of these for nearly 10 years, purchased new from Sweetwater. The 610 has loads of tube smoothness but it also has an amazing clarity. The term hi if comes to mind. It is one of my main vocal pres. Used on the lead vocals for at least 20 CD's and demos from Irish folk music to metal. Jazz crooners to screamers. Great on wind and brass instruments and bass players regularly choose this box to plug into over many of my other pres. The 1176 is one of the few compressors I like and trust to track with. I love mixing with it and adding it to just about any source that could benefit from compression. It definitely has its own signature sound that is always musical never clinical. The 6176 is the perfect marriage of the 610 and the 1176 but you can also use them independently. Replaced the tubes twice since I owned it and never had any problems with it. Love tweaking the large knobs. This is one piece of gear that will be in my will or I just might take it with me.
Music background: Sound Engineer, Professional Musician

THE channel strip for vocals!

I'm using this primarly for vocals and after one day worth of tracking I am completely bowled over by how much better everything sounds. Things sit perfectly in the mix with little in the way of after-the-fact tweaking. I've previously used both digital and tube preamps and compressors, including the 6176's "little brother," the LA-610. I can't believe I waited this long...should've sprung for this years ago! GREAT piece of gear and worth every penny, even if it is pricey. Thanks for the 12 months financing, Sweetwater! If you're tracking vocals in your home/project studio, you will not find a better mic preamp/compressor in this price range.
Music background: Project studio owner, singer-songwriter

Highly Recommend

Great piece of gear. Two classics -- the 610 pre and 1176 comp -- which you can use together or separately. Both have distinctive sonic character. I use it on every track-and-mix I do. Of particular note: It sounds tremendous on DI'ed bass.
Music background: Composer, Instrumentalist

This is the best period...

This unit is the best sounding for vocals,acoustic guitars and drums...However when it comes to bass I would prefer a less gooey sound-But in terms of an all around warm sounding all in one unit this it...Period.
Music background: Pro Musician

Awesome Channel Strip

I've only had this unit about 2 weeks now, but I LOVE it. I considered many other strips, but went for this based on legacy reputation and experience in pro studios in the past with UA gear. I am using this in my project studio, and planned to use primarily for voice. I have a BLUE baby bottle and immediately this strip made the mic come to life. The controls are very basic, but very useful and effective. For a clean tone I found their set-up instructions to be very useful. The pre just sounds amazing, open, warm and detailed, and it seriously made my mic sound amazing.... The compressor setting was very intuitive and I found watching the amount of compression was helpful to achieving settings from tone only (minimal) to slamming (I will certainly be using this for a room drum feed). I also have now used it as a direct/DI for my bass, and it equally shines there. My only complaint is how you can't leave multiple lines connected, but it's worth the tone this thing is giving. Pertaining to my recording and writing process...........one word: Inspirational
Music background: Live Sound Engineer, Project Studio Musician and songwriter.

Sweetwater Advice

Alan Carter

One of the biggest benefits to having one of these, besides the amazing sound quality, is the fact that you can say you own a piece of history. The 1176 compressor, coupled with the 610 mic pre, is a legend in the audio industry and is used on tons of hit records in all styles. I am proud to have a 6176 in my rack....did I mention it sounds absolutely amazing?

Brian VanDeKeere

If you are looking for a classic mic pre with a very smooth compressor, the 6176 is your channel strip. 6176 has the vintage 610B pre amp and 1176LN compressor in one box, how can you beat that in a 2U rack space?
See also: Universal Audio, Universal Audio Preamps, Universal Audio Channel Strips