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1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier

FET-Style Compressor with Class A Output & Custom Transformers — True to the Original

The 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier is a modern reproduction, yet every effort was made to remain faithful to UA founder Bill Putnam Sr.’s visionary design and intentions. The original UA 1176LN was a major breakthrough in limiter technology — the first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry offering superior performance with a signature sound — and set the standard for all limiters to follow. The ultra-fast attack time and trademark sound have lured legendary artists and studio moguls alike to the 1176LN — Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell, and Mike Elizondo are just a few names on a list that’s continued to grow, for nearly 50 years.

  • FET-Style Compressor with Class A Output & Custom Transformers
  • True to the original 1176 in design, manufacturing and performance
  • Ultra fast attack time – 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-Year limited warranty
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Carefully trained staff hand-wire and test each unit until it meets our uncompromising standards. This Universal Audio Classic version of the 1176LN captures all the nuance of the original through obsessive attention to detail and delivers that trademark sound. Demand the original. Accept no copies.



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  • Jason Mraz

    (Singer/ Songwriter/ Musician)

    "For my past two albums I've had the UA 1176 in my vocal chain and now it's a mainstay. I know every studio performance I give is going to be intimate and authentic... I know my listeners are getting the best vocal quality possible."

    Hugh Robjohns

    (Sound on Sound)

    "The Universal Audio reincarnation [of the 1176] is every bit as good as the original."

    Andy Johns

    (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones)

    “UA's new 1176LN sounds exactly like the ones I've used on every record I've done over the last 30 years.”

    Billy Bush


    “I don’t ever track a bass without an LA-2A and I don’t ever track drums without an 1176.”

    Tony Maserati

    (Beyonce, Jason Mraz)

    “I used the 1176 Limiting Amplifier, which I’ve had for many years and used on Jason’s [Mraz] last album as well - almost exclusively for his lead vocals.”

  • Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    I use the 1176 on everything: vocals, guitars, bass, drums, overheads, and percussion… It’s just such a great workhorse.

    Tucker Martine

    (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists)

    "There's an attitude that the 1176 brings out in vocals that I just love...I typically like the way it sounds when it's grabbing pretty hard.”

    Mark Lawson

    (Arcade Fire)

    "I can't really say anything about the 1176 that hasn't already been said. It's just the workhorse of any studio, and I love it every time."

    Greg Parkin

    (Capitol Studios & Mastering)

    "UA gear such as the 1176 and LA-2A have been staples here at Capitol since their creation."

    Glenn Rosenstein

    (Ziggy Marley, U2)

    "There's a very specific reason why pieces of gear like an 1176 or an LA-2A or an LA-3 became ubiquitous."

  • Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "I wanted 1176LNs in our rack in the Third Man Live booth because I know what they sound like: fantastic!"

    Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "1176LN? To say I am a fan is an understatement."

    Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "Live bands recorded to 1" 8-track? Sure! But I need some 1176LNs!"

    Justin Gerrish

    (Vampire Weekend)

    "I also always have one mic in the room, my "crush mic," that I run through an 1176LN."

    Justin Gerrish

    (Vampire Weekend)

    "Mixing [Vampire Weekend] I put LA-2As on the bass. I also used an 1176 and an LA-3A on the vocal, together in series."

  • Justin Gerrish

    (Vampire Weekend)

    "That familiar sound of vocals being very present and clear. That comes from just using an 1176LN."

    Adrian Younge

    (Black Dynamite Score)

    ”It's really the 1176 that’s the essential part of my sound. Everything was run through that."

    Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)

    "You cannot make a classic rock record, in my mind's ear, without an 1176 on the snare drum."

    Ed Cherney

    (Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton)

    "I use an 1176 as part of my signal chain on basically on all my channels."

    Carl Glanville


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

  • Frank Filipetti

    (James Taylor, Rod Stewart)

    “I wish more companies paid attention to what you guys are doing at UA ... it's right on the money."

    Gareth Jones

    (Erasure, Mogwai)

    "I know many of my engineering colleagues would say, if they could only have one compressor, it would be the 1176LN."

    Jason Carmer

    (Third Eye Blind)

    "The 1176s are probably the best all around compressors, in my opinion. I use them on everything."

    Jeff Balding

    (Amy Grant, Faith Hill)

    "I use those [1176LNs] quite a bit on drums, guitars, even vocals"

    Jimmy Mitchell

    (Billy Bob Thornton)

    "The vocal chain I’ve been using with Billy [Bob Thornton] for years is an M-149 into a Neve 1073 through an 1176LN"

  • Joe Chiccarelli

    (Jason Mraz, Beck, The Strokes, Morrissey)

    The new 1176s are better for vocals because the old ones are grittier. The new ones are cleaner and just sweeter on tape.

    Peter Frampton

    “The LA-2A and 1176 have been in my life for so long. I can’t do without those."

    Ariel Borujow

    (P-Diddy, TI, Black Eyed Peas)

    "The 1176LN is my go-to compressor for bass. Really helps you achieve that in your face sound!"

    Adrian Younge

    (Black Dynamite Score)

    “When I use the [All Buttons Mode] on the 1176 on my drums, it makes the drums hit hard."

    Gareth Jones

    (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode)

    "Mixing Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest, we used all UA gear we could get our hands on - 1176s & LA-2As of course."

  • Mark Cross

    (Audio Media)

    "The re-release of the 1176LN is truly historic."

    Mark Cross

    (Audio Media)

    "From percussion to voice to guitars to strings, [the LA-2A and 1176LN] proved to be sonically and technically impressive."

    Mark Cross

    (Audio Media)

    "Having this quality of gear [LA-2A and 1176LN] available for these sessions was a privilege that I could get used to."

    Stephen Murphy

    (Pro Audio Review)

    "[The 1176LN] is one of the tools of our trade that you can make a shape with; it becomes an extension of the sound."

    Stephen Murphy

    (Pro Audio Review)

    "Like its predecessors, the UA 1176 reissue is easy to use and sounds great."

  • Dave Martin

    (Recording Magazine)

    "The 1176 is the original -- the standard by which all others are judged."

    Trevor Curwen

    (Mix Magazine)

    “This is a unit that will definitely delight long term 1176 users and those new to the model.”

    Barry Rudolph

    (Mix Magazine)

    "The 1176LN reissue, based on the D and E revisions, is as close as you get to 'the sound of '67' without a time machine."

    Hugh Robjohns

    (Sound On Sound)

    "Every rack should have at least one of these fabulous [1176LN] processors"

    Adam Hawkins

    (50 Cent, Maroon 5)

    "We used a Universal Audio 1176 reissue recording all of [50 Cent's] vocals, and it ended up sounding great.

  • Jay Newland

    (Norah Jones)

    "We put two 1176s in series & cranked up the gain on one & this distortion thing happened ... it made the song, it was great!”

    Jimmy Douglass

    (Pharrell, Timbaland, John Legend)

    I always use an 1176 on the insert. It tickles but doesn’t take over... and puts the vocals right up front.

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    super duper fet-comp
    by . (Thursday 18 August, 2016)

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    1176, what else??
    by L. Malaguti(Saturday 13 August, 2016)

    UA write me for a review of this unit... LOL Ehi guy, this is a 1176....One of the Compressor with the "C". Is a wonderful unit.......what else? Read More

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    by A. Santana(Wednesday 6 April, 2016)

    This unit makes anything sound great!! Read More

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    The best?
    by Z. Valentin(Friday 25 March, 2016)

    Do I have to say anything about 1176 ? Amazing! Read More

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    I use it as Mastering Comp
    by m. nebinger(Thursday 17 March, 2016)

    Very punchy, sounds warm for rhythm sections with basses Read More

  • Neal Cappellino on mixing Brad Paisley

    Grammy-winning engineer Neal Cappellino has recorded and mixed hits for Nashville's biggest stars. Read More

    Joe Zook Mixes OneRepublic and Serena Ryder

    WIth multiple platinum-selling records under his belt, Zook is one of the industry's most sought-after mix engineers. 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

  • R&B Engineer Tremaine Williams

    Tremaine reflects on how UAD Powered Plug-Ins have helped to further his quest for audio perfection. 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

    Producer/Engineer Billy Bush Mixes Garbage

    Bush uses UA tools extensively while sculpting the band’s edgy guitars, driving percussion grooves, and glistening electronics. Read More

  • Tony Maserati

    Tony Maserati’s renowned chops has had him mixing everyone from Lady Gaga, Sting, and Mariah Carey, to The Notorious B.I.G. and Alicia Keys… 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

    Grammy-Winning Engineer Darrell Thorp

    Learn how UA hardware and UAD Powered Plug-Ins are instrumental in his high profile engineering projects. Read More

  • Rik Simpson

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

    Phil Tan

    With more than 24 #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 3 Grammys®, and nearly 300 album credits, there are few engineers that can touch Phil Tan’s recent track record. Read More

    Tucker Martine

    We talk to the GRAMMY®-nominee on how he incorporated UA gear into two new albums fromThe Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Read More

Features & Specs
1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier

  • True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
  • Modeled after 1176LN, blackface, D and E revisions
  • Ultra fast attack time -20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
  • Class A line level output amplifier
  • Custom built Putnam-designed output transformer
  • Stereo interconnect operation
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-year limited warranty
Technical Specifications:

Input Impedance
600 ohms, bridges-T control (floating)

Output Load Impedance
600 ohms, floating, damping factor 20

External Connections
Jones Barrier terminals and XLR connectors

Frequency Response
± 1 dB 20 Hz to 20kHz

50 dB

Less than 0.5% total harmonic distortion from 50 Hz to 15 kHz with limiting

Signal to Noise Ratio
Greater than 70 dB at +10 dBm

Attack Time
20 microseconds to 800 microseconds

Release Time
50 milliseconds to 1.1 seconds

Stereo Interconnection
via 1176 SA Network accessory

dB gain reduction and dB output

Power Requirements
120/240 V

Maximum operating temperature 160°F

19" Rackmount chassis, 2U

Weight (unboxed)
11 lbs.


UA 2011 Product Catalog.pdf

1176LN Manual.pdf