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by S. Tib (4/15/2014):

Since I read that the daft punk used a lot the 1176 and LA2-A Hardware for their last Album Ran ... Read more

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Overview

1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection

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 UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface hardware

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The Definitive Collection of the World’s Most Famous Compressors.

The original Universal Audio 1176, designed by audio Renaissance man and UA founder M.T. “Bill” Putnam, represented a major breakthrough in limiter technology. The first true peak limiter to feature all-transistor circuitry and FET gain reduction, the original 1176 offered superior performance and a signature sound — including a lightning-fast 20 microseconds attack time. Ever since its announcement in 1967, the 1176 has lent its character and punch to some of the greatest recordings in history, creating a solid framework for any mix, in any genre.

Universal Audio released its first 1176 plug-in emulation in 2001. This plug-in single-handedly launched the UAD platform, and inspired a decade of analog emulation software. Today, we’ve circled back to the 1176, and modeled its entire electronic path from stem to stern — including its transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers, for colorful input/output distortion. The resulting 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides unrivaled emulations of three distinct 1176 units, and is indispensable for any serious engineer or producer.

A Triple Threat
The 1176 Limiter Plug-Ins Collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations to the original 1176 — the world's most recognized compressor. The Rev A “Bluestripe” represents the original Putnam FET limiter design, complete with its higher distortion and unique FET gain amplifier characteristics. The Rev E “Blackface” covers the early 70’s / Brad Plunkett “LN” (Low Noise) era of the 1176 circuit lineage, with variations including a more linear compression response, transistor gain amplification, and a change to the program dependence. The 1176AE provides UA’s rare 1176 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with exclusive “hot-rod” mods — including its lower 2:1 compression ratio, a fixed “super slow” 10ms attack mode, and the program dependence of Rev A.

Tuned By The Pros
Adding to the authenticity, UA sought out some of the world's most famous 1176 users — responsible for millions of albums sold worldwide over more than four decades. They brought their considerable expertise to crafting a collection of presets to instantly dial-in a wide range of tones. Pick from dozens of included Artist Presets from Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Carl Glanville (U2, Jason Mraz),  David Isaac (Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross), Ed Cherney (Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt), Hugo Nicolson (Radiohead, Bjork), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Killers), and Vance Powell (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs).

History
Evolved from the popular Universal Audio 175 and 176 tube limiters, the 1176 retained proven qualities of these industry leaders, and set the standard for all limiters to follow. Entries found in Putnam’s design notebook point to his extensive experimentation with the newly developed FET (Field Effect Transistor) in various configurations. Eventually, he found a way of using the FET as the gain-controlling element of a compressor/limiter. While the 1176 has seen a huge number of revisions in its history, the most significant revision was by UREI engineer, Brad Plunkett, in an effort to reduce noise — hence the birth of the 1176LN at Rev C. Numerous design changes have followed since, resulting in at least 13 revisions and variations of the 1176.

Plug-In Parameters
Using an 1176 is a study in simplicity. Input simultaneously sets compression threshold and the level of the signal entering the 1176; Output sets the final signal level. Attack sets the time it takes the 1176 to respond to incoming signal, while Release sets the time it takes the 1176 to return to its initial level. The VU meter displays the amount of gain reduction (GR) or output level (+4/+8).

The four Ratio buttons determine the degree of compression; lower ratios for compression, higher ratios for limiting. Disengaging all the Ratio buttons (Shift+Click the currently selected ratio) disables compression altogether, but signal continues to pass through the 1176 circuitry. This is commonly used to add the “color” of the 1176LN without any gain reduction. At the request of users, the wide range of “Multi-Button” combinations possible with the hardware is now possible — including the famous “All Button” sound.

In Use
The primary use for the 1176 plug-ins are as individual inserts for sources that require compression, such as an individual snare, vocal, or guitar track, or for multi-instrument sources such as a stereo drum buss. But 1176s can also be used for adding the “color” of the 1176 Input and Output amplifiers to individual instrument tracks by disengaging the compression.

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FAQ

How different are the UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection plug-ins from the original UAD 1176LN/SE plug-ins that came before?
The plug-ins in the UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection benefit from the additional processing power afforded by the UAD-2, plus more than 10 years of UA’s evolving sophistication designing plug-ins. While our original 1176 plug-ins’ compression behaviors remain an excellent rendition of the hardware, the new UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection plug-ins add input and output amplifier stage modeling, improvements to the gain reduction nonlinearities, and superior attack and release behaviors. Hands down, these are the most musical and authentic 1176 plug-in emulations ever created.

How are the 3 units you've modeled different from each other, sonically?
The 1176 has seen over 13 revisions and permutations in its 40+ year history. The evolution of the circuit meant an evolution in the sound with each iteration. As with the hardware, the 1176 Rev A, 1176LN Rev E, and 1176AE models offered in the UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection offer distinct variations in headroom, distortion onset, distortion structure, program dependence, compression knee, and more. This provides an expanded palette within the 1176 sound, just like a professional studio might have with various 1176 hardware units on hand. The 1176AE plug-in, in particular, provides features never before available on any 1176, such as a low 2:1 ratio and a “SLO” attack mode of 10ms.

Does the 1176 Classic Limiter Collection replace the "old" 1176LN and SE plug-ins?
No, the original 1176 plug-ins (1176LN, 1176SE) will continue to be included in the “Analog Classics” bundle, which is provided with the purchase of any UAD DSP Accelerator product. The 1176LN and 1176SE remain useful tools, in that they consume less DSP, and are less sonically “colored” — which may be desirable in some instances.

How does multi-ratio work, and why would I want to use it?
Multi-ratio emulates the “secret weapon” technique of many professional 1176 users — pushing in multple ratio buttons simultaneously to achieve addtional distortion and unusual attack and release behaviors. The most famous use of multi-ratio is “All-Button” (pushing in all four ratio buttons simultaneously to smash your sound), but the UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection allows the user to select other available multi-ratio combinations, which yield sonic variations on this behavior. Simply Shift+Click on secondary ratio buttons to experiment.

Can I still purchase the “old” 1176LN plug-in?
For the few UAD customers who do not already own the legacy 1176LN plug-in, they will get it as a fourth plug-in title with the purchase of the new UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection.

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Reviews

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  • Andrew Scheps

    (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Duke Spirit)

    "The new 1176 Plug-ins went one step further than other emulations in capturing all the crazy things 1176s do... they absolutely remind me of the hardware."

    Andy Johns

    (Led Zepplin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones)

    "The new 1176 plug-in is really rather marvelous. It is completely different from any other 1176 emulation out there...it sounds genuine."

    Joe Chiccarelli

    (The White Stripes, My Morning Jacket, The Killers

    "Just when you thought you had all the 1176s you need… the Bluestripe is the perfect aggressive compressor and the 1176AE 2:1 ratio…adds a new option for softer smoother compression."

    Carl Glanville

    (U2, Billy Joel, Counting Crows)

    "As technology marches on, it's great that UA realizes it is possible to revisit some of their classic plug-ins and make them even better than before. In this collection, they really have."

    David Isaac

    (Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross, Eric Clapton)

    "The 1176 Plug-in Collection excites me the same way the hardware versions did when I started in the industry."

  • Jacquire King

    (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Cold War Kids)

    “I'm so impressed with the improvement on the new 1176 emulation... this plug-in is now equal to its hardware equivalent. Having this many Bluestripes available at once is sick.”

    Ed Cherney

    (Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones, Jackson Browne)

    “The new Bluestripe and Blackface 1176 plug-ins have just expanded my creative palette…by a lot. These are my new go-to compressors.”

    Hugo Nicolson

    (Radiohead, Primal Scream, Dido)

    "[The new 1176 Plug-in Collection] is the best 1176 model I have heard to date…my hardware is getting further and further away from me."

    Jeff Balding

    (LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill)

    “My favorite is the 1176 Rev A Bluestripe…I own two of the original units and I'm excited about having the [UAD] plug-in versions. These rock on about anything!”

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    1176 AE Great compressor on Bass and drums
    by S. Tib (Tuesday 15 April, 2014)

    Since I read that the daft punk used a lot the 1176 and LA2-A Hardware for their last Album Random access memory, I wanted to get the similar vibe with some air space and live feel on a disco track. I used the 1176 AE mainly on bass and Drums, it adds some depth, warmth, space, air, a little bit of … Read More

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    Wow! Just Wow!
    by C. Byrne (Wednesday 26 February, 2014)

    These things clamp down on anything! Well worth the price. Love the 2:1 ratio on the AE version. … Read More

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    Stunning!!!
    by A. Picciafuochi (Sunday 1 December, 2013)

    in short: do not try them, otherwise you will buy them immediately! … Read More

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    Doesn't sound like a plug in
    by F. Cardoso (Thursday 4 April, 2013)

    These emulations sound like real hardware compressors. Effortlessly gives power and character to vocals. I'm amazed at how far you can push these and still have them sound great. … Read More

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    I was skeptical
    by F. Fraikin (Friday 18 January, 2013)

    But waow you guys did a great job on this one! This is a great buy! I have the original plug 1176 from UAD that I didn’t use that much. This one is on a totally different league especially the rev A my favourite on vocals, bass, guitars, drums. I’m a happy owner of an original UREI and the way … Read More

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Artists
  • Ben Lindell Mixes Amanda Brown's Debut Single With

    Ben Lindell details his mix with UAD plug-ins for Amanda Brown's debut single, "Fly Away," off of the EMW charity album, Shuffle. Read More

    Mick Guzauski On Mixing Daft Punk

    The Grammy-winner is one of the most skilled and accomplished mixing engineers the industry has ever seen. Read More

    Vampire Weekend Production Goes Mobile with Apollo

    Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij produced Vampire Weekend's latest album with Apollo and UAD-2. Read More

  • Paul Blakemore, Grammy-Winning Mastering Engineer

    Paul Blakemore's experienced ear for solving mastering "puzzles" has earned him multiple Grammys. Read More

    Noel Hogan's Production Renaissance

    Noel Hogan shares his Cranberries history and his current recording and production methods. Read More

    Damian Taylor Brings "The Weirdness"

    The Grammy-nominated producer explains how he got Battle Born, The Killers' latest album, battle-ready with Universal Audio. Read More

  • Top Engineers Top "Desert Island" Plug-Ins

    If you were stuck on a desert island with your recording studio, what UAD plug-ins could you not live without?… Read More

    Audio Legend Joe Chiccarelli

    The Grammy-winning producer, mixer, and engineer is responsible for capturing some of modern times’ most beloved sounds. Read More

    Andrew Scheps on Engineering the Chili Peppers

    Andrew Scheps’ engineering and mixing credits read like a who’s who of popular music. Read More

  • Iconic Rock Producer Andy Johns

    Learn how he used Universal Audio’s 1176 on iconic rock hits, including Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.”… Read More

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Features & Specs

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 Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

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Parameter Specifications

1176 Rev A and E

  • Input Threshold: -40 to 0 dB
  • Output Level: ∞ to 0 dB
  • Ratio Select: 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1 or any ratio combo via Shift+Click, or “None” (provides amplifier-only signal path, no gain reduction)
  • Attack Time: continuous 1-7 (20 to 800 microseconds) or “Off” (provides amplifier-only signal path, no gain reduction)
  • Release Time: continuous 1-7 (50 to 1100 milliseconds)
  • Meter: GR (Gain Reduction), +4 or +8 Output Metering or Off provides true plug-in bypass

1176AE

  • Input Gain/Threshold: -40 to 0 dB
  • Output Level: ∞ to 0 dB
  • Ratio Select: 2:1, 4:1, 8:1, 20:1 or any ratio combo via Shift+Click, or “None” (provides amplifier-only signal path, no gain reduction)
  • Attack Time: continuous 1-7 (20 to 800 microseconds) or fixed “Slo” 10 milliseconds
  • Release Time: continuous 1-7 (50 to 1100 milliseconds)
  • Meter: GR (Gain Reduction), +4 or +8 Output Metering or Off provides true plug-in bypass
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Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

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