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

5-Minute UAD Tips

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


T. Gustafsson

February 20, 2017

Thomas Gustafsson

The 1176 collection and the la-2a collection is just one of the things that I can´t do without along with some nice eq. Very musical compressor, easy to use and sounds just right to my ear.
I don´t think that you will regret getting this one.

A. Tebeleff

February 17, 2017

Killer Sound

Amazing to have multiple instances to chain on a channel, most could never afford that with hardware!

F. Antonio

February 17, 2017

Just like the hardware!!!

That's just amazing. I can put it into my tracks and fogot that I'm ITB. VERY nice job UAD!

D. Klee

February 16, 2017


Great work from UAD best emulation, works really fine for me.

M. Daubenmerkl

February 16, 2017


Absolutely happy!

S. Svishchev

February 15, 2017

Suitable for vocal

meine favorite für die Vocal Bearbeitung
nur zum Empfehlen!

西. 誠人

February 15, 2017


Legacy のバージョンのみ使っていましたが、99ドルだったため購入しました。使ってみてびっくり、効き目が段違いにわかりやすいです。特にアコギやボーカルに重宝しており、刺すだけでグッと前に出てくる感じが最高です。

M. Flores

February 14, 2017

Best 1176 plugin i've used!

The fidelity of this version of the 1176 is unparalleled! Very easy to dial in. I was happy with the legacy plugin but i have to say the upgrade is even better. This is a must have if you want to maximize the use of your UA Apollo!

J. Barraque

February 13, 2017

Great Compressor

Nice Emulation , great sound , easy to use. I just loved it

e. birraux

February 13, 2017


Oui! Enfin, un traitement qui correspond a mes attentes. J utilise dans ma chaine vocal le la2a et le 1176, juste parfait.

K. Rushworth

February 13, 2017

Best all rounder

Great for most applications

a. visser

February 12, 2017

studio basic

This collection of classic devices should be the basic for every studio. Easy to use, great sound, sounds exactly like the hardware unit.

J. Haas

February 11, 2017


After more than 40 years as a session singer, UAD is still the go to gear. I love and appreciate the expanse covered even more, now that I'm producing everything from drums to strings and vox!

S. Murphy

February 11, 2017


This is an awesome collection. Instant great sounds at my fingertips. Works on EVERYTHING! LOVE the 1176 collection. Great job guys.

J. Burman

February 11, 2017


1176 Classic Limiters collection is simply the best on the market,
when we are talking about limiters!!!

a. possis

February 10, 2017

great plug in

must have them. great sound

R. Pressman

February 9, 2017

Great plug-in

As close to the real thing as you can get inside the box.

UAD User

February 9, 2017

Great add on

1176 collection is just what I needed as an add on on my UA Apollo set. Great software, stable and awesome results.

S. Weaver

February 8, 2017

Great Stuff

Loving these plugins!!

M. Johnson

February 8, 2017

More than just a Blackface 1176

Legacy holds it own.shift-click all buttons in.New version adds 3 more incarnation of the 1176 the Rev A (silver and blue) the Rev E (2nd 1176)the only limited edition AE (only 500 hardware comp ever made). More colors for your Dynamic and tone Palette.

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