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Universal Audio 6176 Vintage Channel Strip

Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip

Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip with Multiple Impedance Settings and classic 1176LN Compression

Universal Audio’s 6176 Vintage Channel Strip combines the legendary tube warmth of the 610 Channel Strip with the punchy FET compression of the famed 1176LN, giving you a powerful tool that’s found in A-list studios around the world — used to record artists like Adele and Coldplay.

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, for the first time, 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.

610B Mic Pre

The 2-610 microphone and instrument preamplifier has received praise from many corners. Michael Cooper, in his review for Mix Magazine, called it “hands-down, the most dimensional mic preamp I've ever heard…” Peter Wade, engineer/producer who has worked with acts ranging from Wyclef Jean to Jennifer Lopez, said simply, “This box rocks.” The 6176 mic preamp sections maintains the quality and character of the 2-610 while adding high-tension power regulation for improved bass response and a front-panel 15db pad switch.

1176LN Limiting Amplifier

As legendary engineer/producer Andy Johns put it, “The 1176LN is the workhorse compressor.” The 1176LN may well be the most loved compressor in history. Its trademark lightning-quick attack and release times and the tone of it’s Class A output amplifier have enhanced countless recordings over the last thirty-five years. We’ve recreated the 1176LN for the compressor section of the 6176 with the same exacting, attention to detail and tradition we use on our 1176LN. The resulting character, heritage and tone simply cannot be found on other channel strip units.


  • Classic Sound of the Legendary 610 Modular Console
  • Variable Input Gain and Output Levels
  • Ultra Quiet Operation
  • Mic, Balanced Line, and Hi-Z Inputs
  • Multiple Impedance Settings
  • Classic EQ
  • Classic 1176LN Compression
  • Stereo Interconnection via 1176-SA
  • Use Mic Pre & Compressor Seperately ("Split") or in Series ("Join")

Universal Audio 6176 Channel Strip

Preamplifier Section


  • Microphone (Female XLR)
  • Balanced Line (Female XLR)
  • Unbalanced Line/Instrument (1/4" jack) (D.I.)

Outputs : Balanced Line (Male XLR) for use in “Split Mode"

Compressor Section

Input: Balanced Line (Female XLR) for use in “Split Mode”Output : Balanced Line (Male XLR)


Preamplifier Section

Input Select

  • Microphone: 500 ohm, 2 kOhm
  • Balanced Line
  • Hi-Z instrument: 47 kOhm, 2.2 MOhm

Variable Gain (Input Feedback Control) : 5 dB increments @ -10, -5, 0, +5, +10 dB

Output Level Control

HF Shelf EQ

  • Switchable boost/cut: 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 9 dB
  • Corner Frequency Select: 4.5 kHz, 7 kHz, 10 kHz

LF Shelf EQ

  • Switchable boost/cut: 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6, 9 dB
  • Corner Frequency Select: 70 Hz, 100 Hz, 200 Hz


  • Polarity Reverse Switch
  • 48 Volt Phantom Power Switch
  • Join/Split Switch (for joint or independent compressor/preamplifier operation)

Compressor Section

Compression Ratio

  • Bypass
  • 1:1
  • 4:1
  • 8:1
  • 12:1
  • 20:1
  • and “All Button” mode

Meter Select

  • Preamp Output
  • Compressor Gain Reduction
  • Compressor Output
Technical Specifications

Input Impedance

  • Microphone (selectable) 500 ohms or 2K ohms
  • Balanced Line 13.8K ohms
  • Hi-Z (selectable) 2.2 Meg ohms or 47K ohms

Vacuum Tubes one 12AX7A and one 6072A per channel

Power Requirements 115/230 volts

Weight 11.75 lbs.

Dimensions 19" Rackmount chassis, 2U

Universal Audio 6176 Videos

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