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The Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip gives you the classic sound of the legendary 610 Modular Console. Advances in digital recording technology are...Click To Read More About This Product

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A truly pro solution for your project studio!

The Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip gives you the classic sound of the legendary 610 Modular Console. 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 hand-built analog circuitry. Now with the release of the 6176, Universal Audio 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.

  • Combines the acclaimed 610 tube mic pre with the legendary 1176
  • Variable-impedance input
  • Transparent compression

6176 Channel Strip

  • Audio inputs - mic pre section
    Microphone: female XLR
    Balanced line: female XLR
    Unbalanced line/instrument: 1/4" jack on front panel

    Audio inputs - compressor section
    Balanced line: female XLR for use in Split Mode

    Audio outputs - mic pre section
    Balanced line: male XLR for use in Split Mode

    Audio outputs - compressor section
    Balanced line: male XLR

    Front panel controls - pre-amp section
    Impedance selector
    Mic: selectable - 500 ohms or 2kOhms
    Line: fixed - 13.8kOhms
    Hi-Z: selectable, 2.2 Meg ohms or 47kOhms

    HF Shelf EQ
    Switchable boost/cut at 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 9dB
    Corner frequency select: 4.5kHz, 7kHz, 10kHz

    LF Shelf EQ
    Switchable boost/cut: 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, and 9dB
    Corner frequency select: 70Hz, 100Hz, 200Hz

    Polarity Reverse Switch
    48-volt phantom power
    Join/Split switch for joint or independent compressor/pre-amp operation

    Front panel controls - compressor section
    Input gain
    Output gain
    Compression ratio: bypass, 1:1, 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1 and "All Button" mode
    Meter Select: Pre-amp output, compressor gain reduction, and compressor output

    Additional Features
    Stereo interconnection - with 1176 SA Network accessory
    Vacuum tubes: one 12AX7A and one 12BH7 per channel

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Universal Audio6176 Channel Strip

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Awesome Strip!!!

By Roady73

from Newark, CA

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Comments about Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip:

Before I bought this channel strip I checked out a bunch of forums and got opinions about using outboard pre's and channel strips. Seems like most live sound engineers find it too costly and unecessary. Most recommended trying different mics for desired response instead of spending 2K for a channel strip/ pre. I am going to have to disagree. Before I even thought about buying a channel strip, I had bought three different and extremely popular vocal mics. Beta 58, Beta 87, and Neumann KMS105. I went with these mics because they tend to be very popular with other vocalist in the genre of music I represent(Mexican/Ranchera), but still, I did not get that nice, big, round, sound I was looking for. I would turn up the gain a bit, or move the vocal foward in the mix to try to achieve it, but that annoying distortion in the mid highs was annoying everytime I belted one. I would also turn it up a bit around 200hz to capture warmth, and cut out some mid-high, but it sounded artificial and muffled(I own a Onyx1640. Great board, just that the pre's are not for me). So, I would mention this in the forums and got several of reccomendations, but most of the recommendations that they gave me I had already tried. So, I said "well, if the UA6176 does not solve my problem, I can always return it. Now that I have been using it, those problems are over. I got that nice round/full sound I was looking for out of the 6176. It puts you right up front in the mix. The compressor and EQ are wonderful. UA took "transparent" to another level with there eq & comp. Also, when I would solo the channel on the board, and crank the level up on the pre past +10, or more, it would distort in a very musical way. All my mics on this thing sounded wonderful passing through it. This is by far one of the best investments I made. Awesome!!! I will conclude with this. This may, or may not, be the product for you. It will not fix bad singing, playing, etc, etc. What it will do is make things sound bigger and warmer. The compression and EQ are tranparent (non-linear). Very vintage sound. If that's what you want, then purchase it. You won't be disipointed.

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My secret weapon

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip:

This was a huge buy for me. I'm not rich, and I'm not a pro. I got this thing because the vocal tracks on my home recordings sounded like home recordings. Now they sound totally pro. Really. This thing has a preamp that has been a studio standard since 1960 and a compressor that has been THE studio workhorse compressor since 1964. If you want your recordings to have that familiar rock sound of the last 30-35 years, get one of these. You will not be disappointed.

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By Anonymous

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Comments about Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip:

I've had this unit for 2yrs and its amazing all around.I would like to fill my rack up with 8-24 of these when I get the funds.Its an unbeatable deal in terms of a pre and comp-Its great for drums,Vocals and guitar-I dunno about bass-Its a little too gritty for that in my estimation...But my favorite strip yet...Totally Pro

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