Universal Audio 1176LN - Dynamics Processor

BH #UN1176LN • MFR #1176LN
Universal Audio
Universal Audio 1176LN - Dynamics Processor
Key Features
  • Limiting Amplifier
  • Blackface Revision D and E
  • Stereo Interconnect Operation
  • Class A Output
The original Universal Audio 1176 limiting amplifier designed by Bill Putnam was a major breakthrough in limiter technology. It was the first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry, offering superior performance and a signature sound. Evolved from the popular Universal Audio 175 and 176 vacuum tube limiters, the original retained the proven qualities of these industry leaders and set the standard for all limiters to follow.

The 1176LN is a recreation of the original classic. And while it would have been possible (and much simpler) to modernize and "improve" on the original, every effort was made to remain faithful to Putnam's design and intentions. Modeled after the D and E revisions, each 1176LN is hand-wired and thoroughly tested, allowing the limiter to reproduce all the nuance of the original, while delivering its trademark sound.

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Universal Audio 1176 Overview

The original Universal Audio 1176 limiting amplifier designed by Bill Putnam was a major breakthrough in limiter technology. It was the first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry, offering superior performance and a signature sound. Evolved from the popular Universal Audio 175 and 176 vacuum tube limiters, the original retained the proven qualities of these industry leaders and set the standard for all limiters to follow.

The 1176LN is a recreation of the original classic. And while it would have been possible (and much simpler) to modernize and "improve" on the original, every effort was made to remain faithful to Putnam's design and intentions. Modeled after the D and E revisions, each 1176LN is hand-wired and thoroughly tested, allowing the limiter to reproduce all the nuance of the original, while delivering its trademark sound.

Recreation of Bill Putnam's analog limiting amplifier, modeled after the 1176LN Blackface model, D and E revisions
True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
Ultra fast attack time
Class A line level output amplifier
Custom built Putnam-designed output transformer
UPC: 819937000010

Universal Audio 1176 Specs

FunctionLimiting Amplifier
Number of ChannelsOne
Inputs1 x XLR
Jones Barrier terminal
Outputs1 x XLR
Jones Barrier terminal
Maximum Input LevelNot specified by manufacturer
Compression ThresholdProgram Dependent
Compression Ratio4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1
Extreme limiting when all four front panel switches are engaged
Attack Time20µSec to 800µSec
Release Time50mSec to 1.1Sec
Gate ThresholdNot Applicable
Gate RateNot Applicable
Maximum Output LevelNot specified by manufacturer
Make-up Gain50dB
Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz, +/-1.0dB
Dynamic RangeNot specified by manufacturer
NoiseSNR: Greater than 70dB at +10dBm
Power Requirements115/230V
Dimensions19 x 12.25 x 3.5" (483 x 311 x 89mm)
Weight11 lbs (5kg)
SpecialtiesOptional 1176SA allows two 1176s to be ganged for stereo operation
Packaging Info
Package Weight12 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.6 x 13 x 8.7"
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