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Customer Reviews 19 Reviews

4.84 out of 5 stars

by A. Gorman (8/2/2015):

Wonderful sounding pres bags of character. Fun to experiment with different mics and… Read more

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Overview
2-610 Dual Channel Tube Preamplifier.
Dual-channel tube preamp based on the legendary
UA 610 modular console.

Designed by Bill Putnam Sr., the UA 610 modular console is arguably the “Holy Grail” of vintage tube desks. Leaving its imprint on countless classic recordings from Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra, to iconic titles like Van Halen and the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, the 610’s tube-powered mic preamp and EQ gave anything run through it startling three-dimensional warmth, presence, and body.

The 2-610 Dual Channel Tube Preamplifier gives you two channels of this legendary piece of music history. Whether you’re running pure analog or enhancing a digital audio workstation, the 2-610 brings classic tube character to any recording project.

Now You Can:
  • Record with an all-tube, dual-channel preamp derived from the Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
  • Add tube warmth and saturation with Variable impedance Input, Gain, and Output level controls
  • High and Low shelving EQ for ultra-musical tone shaping
  • Track through vintage UA, "handmade in the USA," circuits
Modern Features — Vintage Tone


The 2-610 Dual Channel Tube Preamplifier builds on the foundation of the classic Putnam console by adding enhanced, user-requested features as well as a more modern workflow. Offering features such as extended top-end response and a -15 dB pad — as well as circuit tweaks for improved stability — the 2-610 preamp is perfect for any source and genre.

Reviews

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  • Mark Lawson

    (Arcade Fire)

    "With the 2-610 I don't have to second-guess. I just plug in the mic, and I know it's going to be a nice, full sound that's going to be totally useable."

    Carl Glanville

    (U2)

    "Simultaneously familiar, complimentary, and satisfying, the 2-610 captures the moment, but also adds a unique color.”

    Jacquire King

    (Norah Jones, Tom Waits)

    "The 2-610 I used pretty extensively once we got back to her [Norah Jones'] place for bass and Wurlitzer."

    Jacquire King

    (Norah Jones, Tom Waits)

    "[The 2-610's EQ has] got a really nice shape to it, you can kind of crank on it, and it doesn't sound harsh."

    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."

  • Matt Knobel

    (Lenny Kravitz)

    "Yeah, we have the 2-610. I love it ... it's like magic. That mic pre just makes everything sound amazing."

    Carl Glanville

    (U2)

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

    Michael Cooper

    (Mix Magazine)

    "One of the most versatile mic preamps available."

    George Shilling

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "This [2-610] input added a genuinely surprising magic to my normally unexceptional Stratocaster."

    George Shilling

    (Resolution Magazine)

    "[The 2-610] is undoubtedly one of the best sounding microphone preamps currently available."

  • CRMAV

    (CRMAV.com)

    "The 2-610 has received praise from engineers, producers and musicians for its versitility and warm, rich tone."

    Myles Boisen

    (Electronic Musician)

    "The 2-610 captured one of the most gorgeous and stunningly powerful rock-guitar sounds I have ever heard."

    Myles Boisen

    (Electronic Musician)

    "The 2-610 is an absolute smash hit ... it's hard to imagine doing another rock, jazz, or blues session without it."

    Russ Long

    (Pro Audio Review)

    "The more I use the 2-610 the more I understand why all of those classic sounds recorded through the UA 610 console sound so good ..."

    John Baccigaluppi

    (TapeOp Magazine)

    "Bottom line; this thing sounds friggin' bitchin'."

  • Michael Cooper

    (Mix Magazine)

    "The Universal Audio 2-610 is, hands-down, the most dimensional mic preamp I've ever heard."

    Peter Frampton

    "The 2-610, hasn’t been off since it arrived, I use that all the time on everything... same with the 2108."

    Michael Winger

    (Regina Spektor, Alanis Morrisette)

    “The 2-610 has a really nice, smooth sound and a rich, low end."

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    Fantastic version of the old 610
    by A. Gorman(Sunday 2 August, 2015)

    Wonderful sounding pres bags of character. Fun to experiment with different mics and settings. Great with a 57 on guitars cranked or a U87 on vocals with the input backed off for a more open sound, and everything inbetween. Get a bit of vintage character on the front end! Read More

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    2 610 outstanding
    by W. Handzus (Thursday 27 November, 2014)

    I have been using the pre for a year or so ,a new machine. Took me a long time to save up while using lesser quality. Made an error investing in another less costly pre, in a hurry to record now. The other pre is a dust collector now. The 610 has 'that sound'. The eq reacts with the… Read More

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    2 610 outstanding
    by W. Handzus (Thursday 27 November, 2014)

    I have been using the pre for a year or so ,a new machine. Took me a long time to save up while using lesser quality. Made an error investing in another less costly pre, in a hurry to record now. The other pre is a dust collector now. The 610 has 'that sound'. The eq reacts with the… Read More

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    2 610 outstanding
    by W. Handzus (Thursday 27 November, 2014)

    I have been using the pre for a year or so ,a new machine. Took me a long time to save up while using lesser quality. Made an error investing in another less costly pre, in a hurry to record now. The other pre is a dust collector now. The 610 has 'that sound'. The eq reacts with the… Read More

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    Vintage magic
    by S. Ward (Tuesday 28 October, 2014)

    Warm tone, useful/subtle EQ, excellent build quality, great value. My go-to preamp for nearly everything. Read More


Artists
  • 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

    Peter Katis

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    Mark Lawson

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  • Jacquire King

    Jacquire (pronounced Ja-KEER) King has emerged as one of the most exciting engineer/producers of his generation. Read More

    Justin Niebank

    Justin Niebank could very well be the nicest guy on the planet. He is also more than eager to talk about Universal Audio. Read More

    Elliot Mazer

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  • Spike Stent

    Spike Stent is one of the industry’s most sought-after mixers, having carved the sonic landscapes of Beyonce, Madonna and many more. Read More

    Vance Powell

    Vance Powell accepted the GRAMMY® award for The Raconteurs album, Consolers of the Lonely. Read More

    Matt Knobel

    Matt Knobel has a great job. A job that many of us covet. He is the head engineer at South Beach's Setai Recording Studio. Read More

  • Matt Boudreau

    I know — we interviewed Matt Boudreau back in March about his racks of UA outboard gear and four UAD-1 cards... Read More

    Chris Manning

    Chris Manning, an up-and-coming engineer/producer, took the new UA 710 Twin-Finity Mic Pre and DI out for a little test drive. Read More


Features & Specs
2-610 Dual Channel Tube Preamplifier
Features & Specs.
Key Features
  • All-tube dual channel preamplifier derived from legendary Bill Putnam-designed 610 modular console
  • Variable impedance Input, Gain, and Output levels
  • High and Low shelving EQ
  • Mic, balanced line and Hi-Z inputs
  • Custom wound double sized alloy transformers
  • Front panel -15 dB Pad switch
  • Improved EQ circuit and more “open” sonics
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • Updated “silverface” cosmetics; enhanced build quality
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-year limited warranty
Specifications:

Microphone Input Impedance
Selectable, 500 Ω or 2k Ω

Balanced Line Input Impedance
13.8 k Ω

Hi-Z Input Impedance  
Selectable between 2.2 M Ω or 47 k Ω

Maximum Microphone Input Level
+3.5 dBu

Maximum Output Level
+20 dBm

Internal Output Impedance
60 ohms

Recommended Minimum Load
600 ohms

Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±1 dB

Max Gain
61 dB

Signal to Noise Ratio
Greater than 82 dB

Tube Complement
(1) 12AX7A and (1) 12AT7 per channel

Power Requirements
115/230 volts

Power Consumption
30 watts

Weight
12.25 lbs.

Dimensions
19"W x 3.5"H x 12.25"D
(19" Rackmount chassis, 2U)


Docs

UA 2011 Product Catalog.pdf

2-610 Manual.pdf