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Overview

4-710d Four-Channel Tone-Blending Mic Preamp w/ Dynamics

Four Channels of Tone-Blending “Twin-Finity” Preamps and 1176-Style Compression with Built-In A/D Converters

The Universal Audio 4-710d is a boutique quality, four-channel microphone/line preamplifier with unique tube and solid-state tone blending capabilities — perfect for a wide range of microphone and instrument sources. This versatile multi-channel preamp offers selectable 1176-style compression circuitry on each channel, plus four additional line inputs feeding eight channels of pristine analog-to-digital conversion. Building upon UA’s classic analog design approach, combined with smart modern features, the 4-710d is the most flexible preamp in the UA lineup.

At the core of the 4-710d are four channels of tone-blending “Twin-Finity” mic preamps with true-bypass 1176-style compression, including specially tuned "fast" and "slow" settings. Each of the four mic preamp channels allows for continuously variable phase-aligned tone, between a 100% tube and 100% solid-state signal path. Send and return jacks are available for external processing or signal access.

  • Four TEC Award-winning 710 Twin-Finity™ microphone/line preamps, each featuring:
  • Phase-aligned tone-blending of tube and solid state circuits, creamy to crunchy
  • Newly designed 1176-style compression circuit per preamp channel
  • Backed by 1-Year limited warranty

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The eight analog inputs are digitized via ultra high-quality 24-bit A/D converters at selectable sample rates up to 192 kHz. Digital output is available via dual ADAT “lightpipe” or AES/EBU DB-25 connectors, facilitating integration with most popular audio interfaces.


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  • Garrett "Jacknife" Lee

    (R.E.M., The Cars)

    "The 4-710d is one of the smartest mic pres around, it’s cleverly designed and fun to use. I use it on guitars, drums all the time because I love the drive I get off it.”

    Chris Dugan

    (Green Day, Smash Mouth, Iggy Pop)

    "[the 4-710d] is a whole racks worth of gear in one small box. Four big sounding mic pre's, four 1176's, eight channels of A/D conversion, big UA warm sound."

    Rik Simpson

    (Coldplay)

    "I've been using the [4-710d] on loads of different sources. It adds a real sense of depth and originality and I love how you can the control the harmonic distortion to fall anywhere between super clean to fuzzy and warm."

    Jon Thornton

    Resolution Magazine

    Well laid out; flexible metering; wide tonal palette; well thought out digital I/O; quick, easy and very useable compressors; good range of I/O permutations..."

    Robbie Stamp

    Future Music

    "The [4-710d] presents the analogue signal path quality that UA are synonymous with in a recording front end package that is surprisingly flexible."

  • Craig Schumacher

    TapeOp

    "...An amazing product that is well designed and built from inside to outside with care – just like we have come to expect from Universal Audio. I give this product 5 stars...you won’t regret owning one."

    Kevin Becka

    Mix Magazine

    "The value is incredible...For the project studio owner looking for a versatile, affordable front end for a DAW, this is not only a must-hear, it's a must-buy."

    Kevin Becka

    Mix Magazine

    "For detail work like vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar, horns and piano, [the preamps] stand head and shoulders above anything in their price range."

    Kevin Becka

    Mix Magazine

    "I found the UA-4-710d to be a versatile and worthy go-to set of preamps across a range of applications."

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    SIMPLE AND SMART
    by B. Olivier(Sunday 26 April, 2015)

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    by S. Erdei(Tuesday 14 April, 2015)

    The 4 preamps are good, the 1176 style comps are very useful and easy to set up. I really like that it has 8 channels of analog to digital converter with optical adat connection, so I can send another 4 pres to my interface. I use it on drums and percussion, acoustic guitar, choir, some… Read More

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    I miss these converters!!
    by J. Seabrook(Friday 3 April, 2015)

    For 2 years I had this as my primary DAW front end & I LOVED it. The converters were much nicer than anything else I used prior & just as nice as anything since (MOTU, API, Antelope). The preamps were good, clean, useful on anything. I would be content using them on everything &… Read More

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    Breaths new life into microphones
    by G. Ventin(Saturday 14 March, 2015)

    The 4-710d has truly brought all my microphones to life! The blend knob really helps dial in the tone and adds great character to each capture. Can't recommend this pre-amp enough! Read More

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    Versatile
    by b. driggers(Wednesday 4 March, 2015)

    I picked it up used out of Nashville used and, I will be purchasing another as, I complete my gear acquisitions for the studio I'm building. I wired it into the signal path using an Apollo Twin into Cubase. Set up was easy and, intergration was seamless and hassle free. I demoed it by… 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
4-710d Four-Channel Tone-Blending “Twin-Finity” Mic Pre w/ Dynamics and A/D Converters

Features:

Preamplifiers

  • Four TEC Award-winning 710 Twin-Finity™ microphone/line preamps, each featuring:
  • Dual-path 285-volt Class-A tube and transimpedance solid-state preamps
  • Phase-aligned tone-blending of tube and solid state circuits, creamy to crunchy
  • Newly designed 1176-style compression circuit per preamp channel
  • JFET Direct Input with 2.2MΩ ultra Hi-Z impedance w/auto input override
  • Large backlit VU meters for flexible metering of input drive, gain level, and gain reduction
  • Balanced send/return inserts (half-normalled)
  • 48V phantom power
  • 75 Hz low cut filter
  • Polarity switch
  • Monolithic balanced output stage

Analog-to-Digital Conversion

  • Eight channels of high quality 24-bit A/D conversion:
  • Selectable sample rates up to 192 kHz
  • Digital output via dual ADAT optical and AES/EBU DB-25 connectors
  • 8-channel soft limiter (switchable for all channels)
  • Ultra-low jitter clock subsystem
  • LED metering array with clip/hold indicators
  • 75Ω BNC work clock I/O
  • Digital outputs anti-pop protection on power-up

Other

  • Universal voltage internal power supply
  • Heavy-duty metal construction, two-space rack unit
  • One year warranty including parts and labor

Docs

UA 2011 Product Catalog.pdf

4-710d Manual.pdf