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by B. Buckley (8/11/2014):

I love this bad boy. my go to for vocals, i'm a baritenor and its luscious in the low with the ... Read more

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Overview

LA-610 MkII Classic Tube Recording Channel

A Classic Tube Microphone Preamp & LA-2A-Style Compressor in a Single Unit

The LA-610 MkII combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design — heard on classic albums ranging from The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to Van Halen I — with authentic Teletronix T4 opto-compression circuitry. This classic channel strip design, with its warm preamp tone and smooth, natural-sounding compression, is updated with modern, user-requested features like true compressor bypass, larger metering, increased output, and an auto-switching power supply.

The LA-610 MkII also boasts much lower noise specs versus vintage models. Elegant and highly popular “Black on Black” cosmetics complete the package. For the serious project studio looking to get the UA sonic experience, the LA-610 MkII offers tone, quality and character at an accessible price.

  • All-tube mic preamp design derived from legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
  • Authentic Teletronix LA-2A-style T4 opto-compressor section
  • Complete vintage channel strip at groundbreaking price within project studio reach
  • UA build quality and heritage, audiophile components, hand-assembled in-house
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The LA-610 MkII is based on the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the 60's. Noted for their musical character and warmth, innumerous classics by artists ranging from Sinatra to Van Halen have been recorded using these preamps. After the preamp section, the LA-610 MkII offers the T4 optical compressor. The simple operation and program-dependent nature of the LA-610 T4 compressor provides the same extremely musical control that has made the LA-2A such a well-loved classic for more than 40 years. The electro-optical detector, or "T4 cell,” is the heart and soul of the Teletronix LA-2A. Its unique combination of electro-luminescent panel and photo-resistors are the crucial circuit components, giving the compressor its signature sound.

In use, the LA-610 MkII packs tremendous sonic versatility and is an ideal front-end for tracking with modern DAWs.


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  • Carl Glanville

    (U2)

    "The sonic picture is completed with the output of the 610 being connected to my LA-2A or 1176 before being committed to tape."

    Carl Glanville

    (U2)

    "Simultaneously familiar, complimentary and satisfying, [the 610] captures the moment, but also adds a unique color."

    Ariel Borujow

    (P-Diddy, TI, Black Eyed Peas)

    "The LA-610 MkII is my go to front end pre/compressor for all my vocals. It gives me the warmth that i'm looking for before I hit the DAW. I highly recommend it!"

    Jonathan Herrera

    (Bass Player Magazine)

    "The LA-610 Mk II sounds colorful, dynamically sensitive, and warm."

    George Shilling

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "Anyone who believes there’s no action in high-end outboard should be introduced to the UA range of processors."

  • Hugh Robjohns

    (Sound On Sound)

    "The new LA-610 Mk II represents a very welcome addition to the modern studio equipment list."

    Myles Boisen

    (Electronic Musician)

    "LA-610 Mk II stood up to the competition in a studio that included vintage UREI LA-series compressors and an LA-2A clone."

    Huw Price

    (Music Tech UK)

    "Forget those phoney retro recording channels with a placebo valve, the LA-610 Mk II is the real deal."

    Michael Cooper

    (Mix Magazine)

    "The LA-610 Mk II has its own beautiful voice. Don't let the low price fool you, [it] belongs in a rack with the priciest gear."

    Mitch Gallagher

    (EQ Magazine)

    "No matter how you set it [LA-610 Mk II] up, you'll get low noise, great-sounding results."

  • George Shilling

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "The [610 combines] beautifully with the T4 compressor for ample flexibility in most recording situations."

    Matt Still

    (Elton John, Outkast)

    "The LA-610 Mk II has a nice curve line, and a nice, overall warm compression ... it just has a nice, smooth sustain to it."

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    by B. Buckley (Monday 5 August, 2013)

    I love this bad boy. my go to for vocals, i'm a baritenor and its luscious in the low with the highs right where i need them. or just plug and play my guitar or bass with an optical compression, what more do i need... well i do have an apollo so i guess its a UA love affair!!!! … Read More

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    by T. YUN (Sunday 3 June, 2012)

    I'm a luck star, i have two LA-610 MKII, they are my best device, Thanks, UA!!! … Read More

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    by R. Schneider (Tuesday 22 November, 2011)

    English : Hello, here is my review of the La-610 MkII channel strip. I am not going to tell the features again, the product page does it quite well. I use it in a home studio to record almost anything : Drums, vocals, basses, guitars, pianos. I already knew the amazing sound of the 610 Mic pre … Read More

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    by J. Kuse (Wednesday 2 November, 2011)

    This is my review of the LA-610 MkII after a couple weeks of daily use in a commercial recording studio. Pros: I like the flexibility of the gain staging. Picking the input impedance, input gain and preamp level for my source isn't hard - the sweet spot is generally pretty apparent and a blast t … Read More

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    by J. 333 (Friday 17 June, 2011)

    very nice vintage sound but the only flaw in my opinion is not being able to bypass the preamp … Read More


Artists
  • Rik Simpson

    Simpson has worked on three of Coldplay's albums, including Mylo Xyloto, which he co-produced, engineered, and helped mix. Read More


Features & Specs

LA-610 MkII Classic Tube Recording Channel

Features:
  • All-tube mic preamp design derived from legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
  • Authentic Teletronix LA-2A-style T4 opto-compressor section
  • MkII exclusive features include: true compressor bypass, larger metering, increased output, and auto-switching power supply
  • Mic pre with Gain and Level controls, variable impedance switching, and instrument DI for recording tone “color”
  • High and Low frequency shelving EQ
  • Complete vintage channel strip at groundbreaking price within project studio reach
  • UA build quality and heritage, audiophile components, hand-assembled in the USA
  • Backed by 1-Year limited warranty
MkII Improvements:
  • True Bypass of the Compressor Circuit
  • Larger and Better Lit Metering
  • Improved Output Signal Performance
  • Auto-Sensing Universal Power Supply
  • Improved stability with feedback-style shelving EQ
  • Improved consistency with Input Gain values
  • LED Jewel Light Never Needs Replacing
General:
  • Mic, Line and Hi-Z Input, Line Output
  • Dual Impedance Mic and Hi-Z inputs (Mic: 2K, 500Ω, Hi-Z: 2.2M, 47KΩ)
  • 5 position Stepped Preamp Input Gain, Continuous Preamp Output Level
  • -15dB Pad Switch (15dB Pad/Off)
  • Phase reverse (0/180º)
  • 48 volt Phantom Power switch (+48v/Off)
  • +/- 9 dB stepped High Shelving Filter (4.5, 7, 10 kHz)
  • +/- 9 dB stepped Low Shelving Filter (70, 100, 200 Hz)
  • T4 Optical Compressor with Continuous Peak Reduction and Makeup Gain
  • Compress/Limit/Bypass Modes of Dynamic Operation (3:1 / ∞: 1)
  • Meter Source Selector Switch (Preamp/Gain Reduction/Compressor)
  • Front Panel Power switch (On/Off)
  • Custom Altran and Cinemag Transformers

Docs

UA 2011 Product Catalog.pdf

LA-610 MkII Manual.pdf

Custom Insert Cable.pdf