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In this blog I will be discussing Universal Audio’s 1176 Classic Limiting Amplifier Plug-In Collection.

                                      Universal Audio


A little history

It was Brad Plunkett, engineer at UREI, who in an effort to reduce noise, made one of the most significant revisions to this legendary compressor/limiter, hence the 1176LN (LN stands for low noise)

Introduced in 1967, the 1176 limiting amplifier won the hearts of the music production industry, mainly due to its unique lightning/fast attack and release times, musical Class A output stage, and it's wide range of sounds, ranging from subtle, near-transparent compression, to all-out drive and distortion. And by the way… it is hand-built, and is a very close reproduction of Bill Putnam Sr.’s original visionary design! It also took part in classic recordings such as Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and many others.



“Legendary FET compression with tone  and attitude — true to the original.”

                                      Universal Audio

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 Key Features

Painstaking new emulations of legendary M.T. “Bill” Putnam-designed 1176, the most popular compressor ever made

Includes three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes

Models entire electronic path, including transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers, for colorful input / output distortion

Accurately models ultra-fast hardware attack time: 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds

New “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” provides popular amplifier-only mode, adding 1176 distortion without compression

All multi-button ratio combinations now available — including “All-Buttons”

Includes Artist Presets from Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Carl Glanville, David Isaac, Ed Cherney, Hugo Nicolson, Jacquire King, Joe Chiccarelli, and Vance Powell

Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

                                      Universal Audio


  • Track and mix with painstaking emulations of the legendary 1176, the most popular compressor ever made
  • Choose from three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes
  • Harness the 1176’s entire electronic path including transformers and FET and transistor amplifiers for colorful distortion
  • Add color to signals with “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” yielding 1176 distortion without compression
  • Use the infamous “All-Button” mode for colorful overdriven textures
  • Mix with presets from legendary 1176 users such as Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Ed Cherney, and Joe Chiccarelli


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                                        “Accept No Substitutes…

Carefully trained Universal Audio staff hand build and test each unit until it meets our uncompromising standards. This Universal Audio Classic version of the 1176LN captures all the nuance of the original through obsessive attention to detail and delivers that trademark sound. Demand the original.”

                                      Universal Audio

Under the hood

Known for its characteristic push button face plate, this compressor/limiter has its own unique sound! The push buttons are selectable ranging in ratios for compression at 4:1 and 8:1, and limiting at 12:1 to 20:1. the “All buttons in mode” causes the unit to create a sound like any other processor on the market. It increases distortion, generates a steep slope, along with a delayed response to help transients giving drunk drum room mics that pop, explosive, and dark response.

In 1999, a legend was reborn. Bill Partman Junior officially re- launched Universal Audio. Their first product on the market or is the famous black face and 1176LN. Re-issued in 2000, it follows the characteristics characteristics of the C, B, and E revisions of the classic 1176. Their hardest endeavor was re-creating carefully reproducing the original output transformer. This included additional whiny babies providing feedback to the final line or preamplifiers with


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Diego L.

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