“Get the big, rich tube sounds of the world's most coveted standalone mic preamp”

                                  “Universal Audio”


Hello friends,

Thank you for checking out our Weekly blog.In this blog I will be discussing UAD's V76 PREAMPLIFIER plug-in.


Key features

  • An exhaustive physical model of the most prized and iconic standalone microphone preamp ever made
  • Models entire pentode tube and transformer circuit path, including preamp, output amplifier, nonlinearities, and clipping
  • Mic or Line operation, 76 dB of total gain, onboard low and high cut filters, includes U70 module Input and Output metering
  • Variable, physical input impedance and front panel control of Gain staging and other preamp parameters (with Unison™ technology)
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or UA Audio Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

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  • Get the big, rich "hi-fi" tube tone of the legendary V76 Preamp in the box
  • Record vocals, guitars, drums, and more through the V76 in real time using UA Audio Interfaces
  • Confidently shape signals with an impressive 76 dB of clean gain
  • Control UA Audio Interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the plug-in with Unison™ technology

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Built in 1954, the 50 units give or take a few, were built by the historic company TAB. There were two has built the 80 and the 120. The 80 unit was built for radio, and the 124 for television studios. I have to admit the unit looks pretty crazy and must sound amazing. I have attached a photograph of one.

Both units are the same with the exception of the cut off filter   choke which set the cut off frequency.

The “S” version was introduced in 1960. The S stands for "Schallplatte" which translates to vinyl disc. This version included a low-cut and multiple switchable hi cut switches.

In early 1954 the IRT and Maihak made several units(about 50 or so),  that were just labeled V76, but had all the 80 low and 3kHz high cut.

The historic TAB company started in 1956 with the production of the V76 version as mentioned above, adding the V76 with 120Hz cut in 1960, since than there is the 80 or 120 extension on the designation number.

The 80 unit was aimed for the radio market, the 120 for TV studios.

Both units are the same with the difference in the filter choke that set the cut off frequency.

Also in 1960 the "S" version was introduced, "S" stand original for "Schallplatte" or for Vinyl Disk, indicating "Studio use" and in 1965 official changed to "Studio".

The "S" version is quite different, multiple switchable low cut and multiple switchable high cut switches. They also took advantage of NI/FE alloy inductor which produced a better sound that is standard for a ferrite core.

Not much more is known about these units. At a going rate of $11,000 for a used unit, this unit must have been an amazing   puppy to have in your rack. Preamp's from this era must have that amazing sound that everybody is after.

“The venerable V76 Preamplifier is arguably the most  coveted standalone mic preamp ever made. Developed in  the 1950s by the German Institute of Broadcast Technology (IRT), the V76's distinctly "hi-fi" tube sound was integral to legendary studios across Europe  from the 1950s through present day, including Decca, EMI, and Abbey Road.

Now, you can get all of the beautiful, harmonically  rich tube gain and classic frequency response of this  iconic mic preamp in a great-sounding, easy-to-use emulation with the V76 Preamplifier plug-in,  exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces.”

                                    “Universal Audio”

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