1176 Classic Limiter Collection

1176 Classic Limiter Collection


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The definitive collection of the world’s most famous compressors.

The original Universal Audio 1176 was designed by UA founder M.T. “Bill” Putnam, and represented a major breakthrough in limiter technology. The first true peak limiter to feature all-transistor circuitry and ultra-fast FET gain reduction, the 1176 has lent its character and punch to some of the greatest recordings in history.

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 and FET and transistor amplifiers, resulting in unrivaled emulations of three distinct 1176 units.

Now You Can:

Track and mix with painstaking emulations of the legendary 1176, the most popular compressor ever made

Choose from three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes

Harness the 1176’s entire electronic path including transformers and FET and transistor amplifiers for colorful distortion

Add color to signals with “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” yielding 1176 distortion without compression

Use the infamous “All-Button” mode for colorful overdriven textures

Mix with presets from legendary 1176 users such as Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Ed Cherney, and Joe Chiccarelli

5-Minute UAD Tips

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Featuring the 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection.

A Triple Threat

A Triple Threat

The 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations to the original 1176. 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 '70s Brad Plunkett “LN” (Low Noise) era, 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 mods — including its lower 2:1 compression ratio.

Classic Compression, Quickly

Classic Compression, Quickly

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).

Ratio Buttons for Iconic Color

Ratio Buttons for Iconic Color

The four Ratio buttons determine the degree of compression — lower ratios for compression, higher ratios for limiting. Disengaging all Ratio buttons disables compression, while continuing to pass signal through the 1176 circuitry, adding unmistakable color. At the request of users, “Multi-Button” combinations possible with the hardware are now attainable in the plug-in — including the famous “All Button” sound.

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 a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

1176 Classic Limiter Collection


h. Shin

August 14, 2016

It's Good !

Not yet Enough My Using ^^! But This Plug-ins is So good When You want strong music colors.
Good job men Bye~~~

B. Ward

July 28, 2016

Sounds great

I was impressed with the 1176 series plugins once I tried them out. They have all the character of the original so I see why engineers praise them. Just get it and you will be happy.

R. Loncaric

July 21, 2016

UAD 1176 Collection

The best 1176 emulation plugin on the market! Using it on a daily basis, perfect choice for vocals, guitars and drums. It gives the punch i needed and harmonics are outstanding, can not tell the difference between real hardware and plugin.
Great UAD product as usual!

G. Booker

July 18, 2016

Just like the real deal

In school we had only one 1176, and we used it to death. Nearing the end of my 2 year term we tested the UA 1176 vs the real one, it took us a while to dial it in but then there it was, all the squash and timber of the real one!!! This is all the proof I need, let me explain. I'm getting to the point that I'm NOT going to buy the hardware anymore, emulation has won and like it or not staying in the box for project studio's has its advantages !!! I'm a lover of tubes and warmth and since I'm 58 I really love vintage stuff, but the cost and upkeep and lack of variation has left me with a money vs quality issue. UA plug ins have solved this quandary. They are that good, and putting them on the track in console is the way to do it!!!!

A. Bilowitz

July 18, 2016

Closest You'll Get To The Real Thing

Every 1176 compressor plugin is slighlty different. Some are clearly trying to mimic the analog gear as truly as possible, others are doing that as well as adding their own flavor, presets, ease of use. That being said, no matter how good you are with the plugins CLA-76 or something like that, they always fall slightly short of the real thing. This UAD 1176 plug is the untouchable. I didn't love the legacy bundle, but these sound, feel, and react like the real thing!


M. D'Andrea

July 18, 2016

a must have.

1176, la-2a, dbx 160 compressors and fairchild are to make every mix equal to a hit .uad managed to recreate this wonderfull version of this must have compressor . outstanding on drums, on parallel overhead ,on snare.tom,kick drum.perfect on female voices, bass ... This plug in is phenomenal.
Thanks uad

UAD User

July 13, 2016




July 9, 2016

The best emulation ever

I wouldn't like to compate software to hardware, but among all the oters these plugind are the best! Well done! Btw, these are way better then legacy ones!

M. Molina

July 9, 2016

Dat 1176 doe!

I have a very dynamic voice and one that usually lacks definition. I was looking for a compressor that would allow my voice to pop out and add some clarity, so I did a shootout between the LA2A mk2 (which I love) The Summit tla100 (slow attack setting), fair child and the tube-tech cl1b (all plugins). This was a blind shootout, all compressors level matched and GR matched (1176 on slowest attack). Out of all of these compressors, the 1176 rev e was not only the clearest and warmest sounding but it had the most transparent sounding dynamic control out of all the compressors. 5 out of 5 times I chose the 1176 in the blind shootout. Not only great on vocals but is a swiss army knife of compressors. I am very happy with my purchase!

C. Granberg

July 4, 2016

A small step for....

Now we're talking, a compressor that sounds and works like a compressor. I would give it 5 stars, but I'm sure you will improve on it in a year or five.


July 3, 2016

Cool for vocals and drums

Hello i use 1176 ae version its dramatic fantastic. For vocals i use 1176 rev e with ln2a teletronix the vocal bites you its cool for all kimd of mısic. For bass guitar i use 1176 LN with pultec eq its awesome too. Thanks uad apollo twin usb

U. Hitoshi

July 3, 2016

Good for drum

It's work very well.
Great Compressor for making drum and bass more fat.

F. Castro

July 2, 2016

1176 Classic Limiter Plug-in Collection

perfect and real, I am satisfied

M. Ross

June 27, 2016


Love them !! Using a lot on Kick Room .. Vocals .. fab on acoustis guitar n Bass too .. can't go wrong ! Add these to your toolbox pronto ! Peace out !

D. Rosario

June 24, 2016

A definite must

I never did like the original 1176 on vocals, but the blue stripe works magic on vocals. I got the bundle just for the blue stripe (at $99, it's a no-brainer). Looking forward to finding uses for the other ones.

m. wilson

June 24, 2016

Nice set of tools

These compressor limiters are worth every penny when in a half yearly sale

B. Gábor

June 23, 2016


They are all amazing for the group channels, and sometimes for the master line as well. The best sound I ever heard in software. Really happy with this collection.
Best Regards

F. Charpentier

June 22, 2016

Useful Upgrade

I started using the legacy 1176 and I had been hesitating to upgrade to full collection
Well, I don't regret.
As I'm used to go to Rev A for drums, and like Blackface for anything, I recently re-discovered Slow Attack mode from AE revision. Working wiith a lead track which doesn't fluctuate dynamically too much , it will magically and smoothly sit the voice into the mix.

N. Christie

June 21, 2016

I no no longer use my 76 hardware !

This is simply stunning ! I already own 2 x 76 clones yet once I bought the 76 collection they never get used it's so easy to just load up across multiple tracks and get to working !
As much as it pains me to say I also think the software sounds better so my hardware 76 are now just rack spacers!

s. shu

June 21, 2016



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