Universal Audio 2-1176

Universal Audio 2-1176

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2-1176, Studio compressor from Universal Audio in the 1176 series.

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Universal Audio 2-1176 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Universal Audio
  • Model: 2-1176
  • Series: 1176
  • Category: Studio compressors
  • Added in our database on: 06/03/2004

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Universal Audio 2-1176 user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 5 reviews )
 2 reviews40 %
 3 reviews60 %
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sw80's review"Vintage"

Universal Audio 2-1176
The Universal Audio 2-1176 is a vintage amplifier with twin limiting in stereo or you can use it in dual mono. It is very expensive as it should be, not because it is vintage but because it is great. Or studio at the University has this amplifier in it and I have been using it for years. In the music world today everything has went digital which is good, but you can never get the sound you will get with a vintage unit like this is. It can be racked and will take up 2 rack spaces on your rig. It has 2 XLR inputs and 2 XLR outputs with a frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. There are Release, Input, Output, Attack and Ration controls on the face of the 2-1176.


This compression on this amplifier is flat out amazing, you will get such a better and warmer tone when using it that you could any digital unit that is on the market today. I highly recommend getting your hands on one of these if you can afford and you will see why it is so expensive.


I have found so many different uses for the Universal Audio 2-1176, one of my favorite uses is to run my entire mix through it. Most engineers won’t recommend doing that but I can not help it because the sound that it gives is just so warm and full of life. I have used a tone of different digital mixers that claim they can replicate vintage warmth and none of them can, not even a software plug in can do it. You will not know what you are missing until you get the chance to really use a vintage unit like this one.


This 2 channel amp will give you the exact sound of the original 1176 right out of the box. It is worth every dime that it cost.

moosers's review

Universal Audio 2-1176
The Universal Audio 2-1176 is a dual channel compressor, that although looks a bit different from the original 1176s, is the same in make up and sound. It is an all analog unit that has XLR inputs and outputs and will take up two rack space units in your rack.


The configuration of the Universal Audio 2-1176 is very easy to follow, as it has the basic parameters you would expect from a compressor. Each channel has knobs for input level, output level, attack, release, and ratio, as well as a switchable knob to control what you are viewing on the meter. There are then switches in the middle of the two channels to each link the channels or use them separately, and then there is also a bypass switch. I don't have the manual for the Universal Audio 2-1176, but if you have any experience with outboard compressors, you won't need it.


The sound of Universal Audio 2-1176 is everything you would expect from the 1176. The original 1176 is known as one of the best compressors ever made, and having two of them in one unit is really a special thing. Getting great sounds on a variety of instruments is easy, and this really excels all across the board, ranging from vocals to drums to guitars. The Universal Audio 2-1176 will not disappoint those looking for this classic unit.


I've been using the Universal Audio 2-1176 for about a year or two and it has never let me down since I started using it. It has a full bodied sound that makes it great for all sorts of applications, and is extremely easy to use. Universal Audio is a leader in the world of outboard gear, and I really trust their gear all across the board. While this isn't exactly a cheap model, it has top notch tone and those looking for that know that it doesn't come cheap. Highly recommended for all interested in getting two classic compressors in one unit.

U-FLYstudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Universal Audio 2-1176
Dual Compressor Limiter Schematic of resuming clbre UREI 1176 Stereo version released under the era REFERENCE 1178, the MODL offers a contemporary circuitry 2 channels Linkable and paired. trs good quality Vu meters with calibration, even if the rest of the rack outside (particularly given the rather excessive price Shma a very simple and proven architecture remains one !!!!) little cheap (black plates and glue marks soon !!!!!!!!)
The biggest frustration is not to benefit from the large button line (input) of the 1176 original, the feeling is actually not the same, but the sound it reminds us fast to the memories of the great uses ERRF (even if some dtails diffrent, (see below in the notice))


In dual mode, you have two indpendant 1176 in link mode, controls ratio, attack and are realase Link as the level of (used as the threshold) and the pre amp output remain indpendant.
2 choices inpdances 600 Ohms or 1.5 KOhms by rear switch with two pairs of XLR male and female in terms of connectivity


It is certainly still one of the best compressor limiter march so easy and intuitive, and the bottom mdium mdium are unmistakable, the thickness of the force to push the input of matter are all res irralisables the majority of current compressors (type Avalon, Focusrite ...), the attack time and release trs properly calibrated, can also all out of the work dynamic of the surboostage most destructive bus drums, bass drums and of course above all snare (architecture employed for 30 years in the studio this) depreciation on a jazz bass dlicat through color trs "Jack daniels "in a voice of blues!
another empty of its applications is the compression of electric guitars more or less saturated, it will make a wonderful derrire tlcaster a twin or an AC30!!
even if you still even prciser it does not work as well on all sources (notte some voices, brass)
In short it is very easy to capture a color compression and to be fully satisfied, (which is rare !!!!) a compressor that quickly becomes an ally of scne in the studio and this Stereo pair version only have more versatile.
as the 1176 original, the ratio of 12 is really the most typical sound of the machine, thickness, saturation power and extreme use (release in fast max)


Shame about the price seems a bit excessive !!!!! (2500 current price euros in 2005) under the Shma trs pure and proven architecture of the machine.
for example, the number of copies or more professionally handcrafted from Shma home ...
Never boring, but always flattering and pai and effective.
a star of the genre, have to have this machine for those who still use the hardware periph!
the original LN 1176 offers a bit more depth and excitement in the mdium the 2-1176 rev it close with his imprssion trslgrement infra dig and with a little sup laughing at MODL original calibration 2-1176 gal on race also offers a much greater level, allowing even more cuts than the LN destructices original!
Much more power in the bass than the "plug UAD1" and sound a little more enjoyable and prcis, saturation occurred (by a ratio of 12 with high threshold and release the mini) is also more much more enjoyable than running on the plug for the rest of the plug is pretty well even multiple. say that mule fawn a little shy the original 1176, when the repetition, it, time is a little EXAGRES values ​​of treatment.

Arnaud Houpert
The Ing

itchounet's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A quality tool"

Universal Audio 2-1176
A simple compressor, stereo, computer rack without editing, pure hardware!
The inputs and outputs are XLR only.


If you know the principle of a compressor (at the same time saw the price of the bike, I hope for you) use is clear, the knobs are nice but not serrated.
The manual is nice and gives some examples of uses and settings.
I find the overall finish of the unit performed very well, the compressor is magnificent.


Compression is the way you want, soft singing, or guitar or downright in your face "to enter a snare drum for example. I like a lot, that is versatile. A formidable weapon for my shots, and that gives me an unparalleled dynamic stability.
I tested: drums (oh yeah), low (it depends on the bassist and his bass, can quickly lead to very bad results, I do not think this is the compressor for that), saturated guitar (awesome) and singing (top too). That brief happiness, after all depends on the rest of the stuff you use, a compressor must belong to an audio channel in a coherent studio.
The compressor does' m not overly confident on a master's degree in hand, I prefer the manley why, perhaps less dramatic!


I use this compressor for several months, its price / quality ratio is very good, especially that he played in a price range that lies between the average range (DBX) and high-end expensive (manley variable mu ). For a quality stereo compressor I find the maximum rate that honest.
I think this is not the compressor to buy a priority, we will say that it was primarily a luxury for the compressor taken, which will allow you to fully control your dynamic and bring a very light color your sound. In short if you have the budget go for it!

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