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by d. saunders (9/24/2015):

G'day all , I picked this rack up a few weeks ago and have been blown away with it !… Read more

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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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    4-710d and Apollo quad
    by d. saunders(Thursday 24 September, 2015)

    G'day all , I picked this rack up a few weeks ago and have been blown away with it ! sounds beautiful and warm my guitars are punchy as anything I have heard - through my Apollo Quad the sound I get it my home studio recording drums and rock guitar are absolutely amazing ! Great build and… Read More

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    This unit is a modern classic !!!!!!!
    by r. adame(Monday 21 September, 2015)

    These preamps are not trying to emulate anything they have a modern warm sound, I have several preamps classic ones and I would not say those are better than my 4-710 they just different and the thing I love the most is the punchy lush sound almost like they want to tell you to look into the… Read More

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    Versatile and smooth
    by L. Mortimer(Monday 14 September, 2015)

    Definitely the greatest quality is versatility. First of all good AD conversion enabling 8 outputs via ADAT. Second the blend circuitry enables two distinct timbre that is very useful to achieve the sound you want. The tube sound is very smooth and coloured. Third, the insert send/returns… Read More

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

    FLEXIBLE ANS EFFICIENT :-) Read More

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    SUPERB
    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


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