Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
Universal Audio LA-610 MK II

LA-610 MK II, Channel Strip from Universal Audio in the LA-610 series.

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moosers's review

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
The Universal Audio LA-610 MK II is a sequel to the original LA-610 and is quite similar in make up, offering up a few new features and a slightly improved sound quality, although it would be hard to tell the difference most of the time. This is an all analog channel strip, consisting of a mic pre, a compressor, and an EQ. The strip has both XLR and 1/4" TRS connections, including a 1/4" input in the front for plugging your instrument directly in. It is a rack mountable piece of outboard gear, and will take up two spaces.


Universal Audio has made the LA-610 MK II extremely easy to use, just like the original. Everything is straight forward and there are certainly no tricks here. The mic pre has parameters for both level and gain, line selection, a -15db pad, phantom power, and phase. The EQ only has a high and low band, each with parameters for choosing a set of fixed frequencies and a gain knob. The compression section has controls for peak reduction and gain, just like the LA-2A which this is based on. It also has a switch to either use it has a compressor, limiter, or bypass it. The VU meter is programmable and you can choose to view either your preamp level, gain reduction, or compression. The manual is put together well, but is only necessary if you're a beginner in my opinion.


Across the board, the Universal Audio LA-610 MK II has a very impressive sound quality. All of the components of this channel strip have a top notch tone, with the preamp and the compressor being the main attractions here. While there are some new and improved features on the MK II, for the most part they are subtle, so this does sound a great deal like the original LA-610. This is certainly not a complaint, as both models sound incredible! This is the perfect all in one channel strip for both a home and professional studio owner.


While a tad more expensive than the original LA-610, the LA-610 MK II boasts a new look and some improvement on the inner make up. In my opinion, like the original, this is ideal for the home studio owner looking for a big sounding channel strip to sit at the top of your collection. It does however have the sound of something that a professional would use, making it great for improving the sound of your home studio with a single item. I'd highly recommend the LA-610 MK II for the home studio looking to get your home recordings on a whole new level!

Dasprod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good material"

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
Preamp rack lamp with his all totally analog compressor XLR.


Setup is simple for people who have used a preamp and we get sound fairly quickly, the manual is almost useless for this kind of material (it is only my opinion)


It can be used in different ways, it is possible to color very little sound (with the switch -10 -5 0 5 10) or otherwise provide more light and thus provide a certain color. This is a product that allows you to take her remarkable.


1 year. The price / quality ratio is good because it is a known preamp that has genuine qualities I bought it bundled with a Kiwi at a very good price. I tried and still trying to present many preamps sliced ​​like this one or console and is one of my favorite ones with my old Soundcraft (strange you say ???: p)
Bob  Dentaface08/21/2013

Bob Dentaface's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the key to her!"

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
preamp, compressor, limiter lamp. and also a little EQ.
2 XLR mic and line. 1 input jack HiZ. adjustable impedances on the mic and HiZ entries.
Rackmount 2 U.
The left half is dedicated to the preamp and EQ.
The right half is dedicated to the compression or limiting, and Bypassable.


Easy to use. Instructions in English, but concise, clear and even a bit of humor! Anyway, it's doing very well without!
Very versatile in terms of possible settings without a gas plant. button, accurate, practical and robust, ergonomically distributed.


I use it for voice with a static Boehringer and transplanting my guitar amp marshall lamp with a SM57. I finally have a pro and his own! Finally, the voice clear in the mix (even if my microphone is not great) with or without compression. Transplant my amp finally good for something: the sound is faithful, see better what I mean, with more grain, more details. no background noise and good dynamic.
the compressor, the time constants are fixed (10ms and 500ms in attack back), so nickels for voice. I have not tried it with the guitar. I wanted to try with my bass Hi-Z but it's not terrible at the attacks.
In summary, this is a revolution in my studio!
Finally a good sound!


I have not tried other models that preamp my soundcard (RME Fireface UC) before.
However, the sound is radically different color and providing a quality I had not before. Also practical and easy to use a Swiss Army knife!
I remake the same choice.

yoyotte's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A saved my projects"

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
Tube preamp with compressor / limiter and equal.
I do not use equal.
The config is super simple, even someone who has never had this kind of material in the hands will quickly get used to it. sounds cash!

When I got it, I said: "Time is money" Why I spent a lot of time trying to get the voice tracks in a mix without being aggressive but that? it stays ahead .... I never really succeeded and I'm upset, tired ... I even gave up and told me that it was useless it was better that I drop everything. 1000 euros (Cygnus) later: all my projects are alive, it really is that happiness! a little touch of equal and that's it (sometimes I recompress the audio software anyway)! The voices are really good, present and warm. In addition this preamp is very flexible, the distance to the microphone can vary a bit, the compressor load balancing and ultimately it even when singing the microphone far enough we get something good! Close to the microphone is the very definition of presence.
So "time is money" and seen as I lost mine before the preamp, I left much more than the price!

Well that's history now lived:
1. Very comfortable as easy to set, easy to use, light enough in fact, not very hot even after hours and hours. This box is really good at home.
2. Creamy: the aggressiveness of certain voice is very less (including voices that have a high medium headache), the lower medium is sublime.
3. Saturates (I think it is only the compressor does not follow) when you face death at the microphone. So get a little back when we send the potato (but really big potato) or no worries.
4. Sibilance are also decreased but if you stay in front and close to the microphone, some hiss may resurface so disturbing. Singing with the microphone a little off-center and virtually no problem. Plus you can not even hear we DéSaXé microphone)
5. A big character this preamp means live in the hot color Rican and I love it!!
6. I want a second ..... :)






so like me in the preamp of your sound card does not give you satisfaction in his voice. In addition, the taking only voices with the preamp (and instrument preamp with map) gives a nice contrast to the voice before without encroaching on the instrumental parts
A sound bite on this AF forum:

A +

Massimino's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Most excellent! Guaranteed results"

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
Analog channel strip everything lamps:

Prémaplificateur AU whose fame is no longer again.
T4 Optical Compressor based on the famous LA-2A compressor
Eq hign and low enough intéréssant.

Mic, line and Hi-Z front
XLR and Jack connectors
Knobs finished goods very, very stylish as the device.
Excellent design


Clearly I have not opened the manual, when we used preamps, we do not really need.

Nothing complicated about the machine, plug it rule and it works.

The desired sound is obtained in two or three movements.


Then the Son:
It is simply wonderful! Clear, warm, precise and detailed. This soft and fluffy side as desired. it is quite typical in the settings but there is a choice which is quite nice because it keeps the overall transparency anyway. color it delivers is excellent on vocals and especially what attracts it is the musicality of the preamp. With a Rode K2 c is a couple that works great, I finally discovered my true K2!

I had a SPL Gainstation one just before and the couple was not even top the SPL was of high quality but unfortunately "hard" so not what I wanted.


I've had two days and it is clear that I do not divide them before many years.
I used to get that sound, I finally got him. I originally thought it was convertos my Fireface UCX that not étaitent top but infact not.

What I like most:
The design is very stylish
Manufacturing quality
compressor and EQ
High gain the very machine

Quality / price honest: the machine is worth its price, it's upscale

I remake that choice without problems, in fact I'll start a look of universal audio side now.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
Lamp preamp, EQ, compressor, rack
Mic / line XLR or jack instrument


It's that simple. Sounds.


We found there with any microphone planted in it.
I particularly like to record guitars with an SM57 or MD421
Sound dense, super soft treble.

The EQ allows for corrections of conventional shelving. Super efficient.

Acquired with the offer


UAD2 Duo, it's profitable.
I think I'll buy another one later, so to make a pair.
Overhead or in Room mic, AC should do damn.
AU good.

ricobanga's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" How was I before?"

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
A Pramper, an EQ, compressor, while the lamp.
1 between micro,
between an instrument
between a guitar or bass
2U trsrussie the aesthetic.


I do not know much about me in Pramper. But it is extremely simple and RULES Entirely ear. Rglage not the end, but sufficient for me.

Just one thing that seems strange, the needle of the VU-Maître when put in "out" seems to me almost not move ...

I use a neumann KMS105, and guitars. It may wish to be the move that my microphone j'upgrade dsormais.

The branch line is between an output of the sound card to loop if needed. For now, I do not have used that to meet the low virtual then I record audio on another track. Well this is not ultra intressant because we can not release rgler the parameter, but the reslut a virtual acoustic bass is quiet all the same with the best VST compressors I IN GENERAL is bland.


Actually, I wonder how I did without dsormais. Ds made, the sound is warm and perfectly crt we murmur or vocifre. The voice remains front without the booster or add effects.

The sound is very specific on, and texts in French are much more intelligible than when I am satisfied with my motu traveler Pramper, yet not pick it parat. But nothing was seen.

The sound and musical color. Typ enough it is true, but very pretty. To lower the color I was a trick consisting suggr Pramper combine with that of the card. Plutt it works well.

The reslut with live electro guitar is even more stunning than the voice.


I use it for a week and I'm delighted.

This is the bundle with the UAD duo me DCID. In reality I was thinking at first to buy a UAD card, and I thought a long strip it to improve my catch. The map was almost 1000. for me it was like buying a preamp / comp high quality 500.

Now I wonder how I was doing before this Pramper to me much more critical that the card, even if I enjoy the services provided by on this final.
Chris Martins08/28/2009

Chris Martins's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Universal Audio LA-610 MK II
Mono channel strip with prampli 2U rack, 2-band EQ, compressor and optical, all lamps. XLR connectors facing rear symtrique (mic input, line input and line output) and between Hi-Z faade. That's all that full.


Ultra-simple setup, even the compressor with its buttons do not cause any concern for rglage. The sound and the IMMEDIATE and above it is virtually impossible to obtain a less than excellent. I think the point is (very) high for this machine: it sounds almost all the time regardless of the source. But I'll be back in the next area.


Everything sounds. I tried all sorts of simple dynamic microphone SM57 in Z5600A (condensate lamps) and all the mics I have are fully transcribed. So, I have proof that my T-bones are not ridiculous, even in this kind of stuff. I have not tried the line between, but something tells me that direct box for bass, a must sting ... Color is not particularly outrageous is an absolute musical! Sometimes a bit of color brings to the signal without dnaturer and the magic of this machine. This is definitely possible in the top 3 slices of studio I've heard, with a Manley VoxBox, and with each Thermionic Culture Square # 1 turn, without costing too much.


I have this morning, but I know by heart such prampli and I knew that I would get by buying it. I will not lower the note gnral because the machine is virtually impeccable, but I will make the same remark as for 1000 not far from least, we can have something good also and with a color gnrale close enough, even if forcment transistor and thus a bit less rich harmonic of the OneQ Joemeek. The stamp gnral the two machines is not so long ago, the prampli Meek's far from being ridiculous, the EQ better than the 610, and compression much more versatile (but much more difficult rgler). The best Q / P of the two machines is undoubtedly the OneQ, but the best is the 610 machine, not a margin so wide as one might think. Let's say that a case is insolent OneQ around 600 and that would probably cost around 900 if he silent manufactured in Europe and at least 300 more silent if it lights, and it would be absolutely no flight . So if you can not afford to take a 610, but this color vintage look and a big sound mastery, OneQ is a great alternative (if you take the time to learn the master). If you can afford (or just want to make you a big pleasure), the 610 is one of the best Channel Strips lights and sounds the death without seeking long. Personally, I have both and I susi trs happy.