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Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip with 610B Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176LN Compressor

BH #UN6176 • MFR #6176
Universal Audio
Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip with 610B Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and 1176LN Compressor
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Universal Audio 6176 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Tone Quality
  • 3Class-A Circuitry
  • 4Independent Channel Functionality
  • 5Compression
  • 6Shelving EQ's
  • 7Power Supply

The Universal Audio 6176 is a tube channel strip comprised of the classic 610 Microphone Preamp and legendary 1176 Compressor. With its tremendously flexible tone, function and ultra-quiet operation, the 6176 is the perfect analog front-end for digital audio recording.

Tone Quality

Classic sound of the legendary 610 modular console

Class-A Circuitry

Ultra quiet operation with microphone, balanced line and Hi-Z inputs

Independent Channel Functionality

Join/Split switch allows for complete independent operation of each unit


Classic 1176LN compression

Shelving EQ's

Stepped high and low frequency filters

Power Supply

Internal switching power supply
UPC: 819937000225

Universal Audio 6176 Specs

Number of ChannelsSingle
Inputs1 x XLR Microphone In
1 x XLR Line In
1 x 1/4" TS phone Instrument In
1 x XLR Compressor In
Outputs1 x XLR Line Out
1 x XLR Compressor Out
Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz (+0, -1dB)
NoisePreamp: SNR > 90dB @ maximum gain
Compressor: SNR > 75dB
Gain Range65dB (500 Ohm input impedance)
Maximum Output+20dBm
Input Impedance500 ohms or 2K ohms
Phantom Power+48V
Threshold RangeNot specified by manufacturer
"All Button" mode
Attack Time20 to 800 mS, adjustable
Release Time50 mS to 1.1 Sec, adjustable
SlopeNot specified by manufacturer
Filter TypeLow and high shelf
Frequency BandsHF Shelf: 4.5, 7 and 10kHz
LF Shelf: 70, 100 and 200Hz
BandwidthNot applicable
Range (Boost/Cut)1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 9dB, switchable boost/cut
Light Indication
Threshold RangeNot applicable
RatioNot applicable
Attack TimeNot applicable
Threshold RangeNot applicable
Frequency RangeNot applicable
Gate ThresholdNot applicable
Gate RateNot applicable
Dimensions2U, 19" rack
Weight12 lbs
SpecialtiesA center section toggle switch labeled JOIN/SPLIT allows separate use of the 610B preamp and the 1176LN limiter
Two 6176s can be ganged together for stereo operation using the optional 1176-SA kit
Packaging Info
Package Weight16.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.7 x 18 x 8"

Universal Audio 6176 Reviews

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By Cary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-08

I’ve owned this channel strip for over 10 years. This is what great audio sounds like. A lot of people put a lot of money into mics, but I would suggest spending money on a great preamp/channel strip first. I’ve used the following mics with it: AKG414, Neuman U87 & TLM103, SM7B, and several dynamic mics usually used for live applications (SM57 & 58, e935 etc) This unit realizes the potential of all mics. I’ve even recorded vocals with less expensive dynamic mics and the quality has always been warm, present, and professional. If you haven’t put a good preamp between your mic and interface before, you will have a “I was deaf, but now I hear” moment.

Its Universal Audio, you know its good!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-11-20

If you have the money to be looking at this and really considering it, you should do yourself a favor and go ahead and make the plunge. Digital recording has always lacked the volume necessary (gain stage) to produce truly professional quality recordings> It is very frustrating I know, but you will soon feel much better!


By Mr. Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2010-04-15

Vocals are tailored easily. Acoustic guitars are rich and full. Compression unit can be subtle. Easy to use with a very classic sound for your recordings.

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