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Customer Reviews 23 Reviews

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by P. Catella (6/20/2014):

This is an incredible preamp! Without throwing too much character into your recordings (some v ... Read more

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Overview

SOLO/610 Classic Tube Preamplifier & DI Box

The All-Tube 610 Console Mic Preamp Sound in a Rugged “Go Anywhere” Design

The SOLO/610 delivers the classic Putnam 610 tube console sound in a rugged, highly versatile mic preamp design. This unit provides the silky, vintage warmth of the original console’s mic amp design, and will flatter any microphone or instrument with its signature sound. Thanks to its convenient form factor, the SOLO/610 can be conveniently used in the control room or the recording room, on stage, or on a desktop. Functionally lean but sonically mean, the SOLO/610 maintains the character of the 610 console — at a price every serious project studio can afford.

  • Classic Putnam 610 console mic preamplifier and DI
  • Legendary all-tube sound, at a project studio price
  • Gain, Level, and Impedance selection for maximum tonal variety
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-Year limited warranty
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The SOLO/610 offers Mic and DI inputs, and features Gain and Level control for a wide variety of clean to colored tones. Unlike its predecessors, the SOLO/610 has continuous Gain control with even greater range, allowing for more precise gain structuring — doubling as input signal padding. The SOLO/610 has all the essential features like 48v Phantom Power, Lo-Cut filtering, Phase Reverse and flexible dual impedance selection for both Mic and DI inputs. The SOLO/610 includes essential DI features like Thru use in conjunction with an amplifier, plus Ground Lift and a versatile Mic/Line level output switch.


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  • Eli Crews

    (Electronic Musician)

    "For the quality in this [SOLO 610] box, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value."

    Paul Smith

    (Dengue Fever)

    "The Solo 610 is a study in form and function. I can't find anything wrong with this preamp and that is why I don't go a day without using it."

    James Mercer

    (The Shins)

    "I used the [Solo] 610 the other night, during a solo show. I ran my acoustic guitar through it, and it was amazing."

    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."

  • Bill Leigh

    (Bass Player Magazine)

    "Though sonically distinct, either SOLO would be a versatile tool-kit addition"

    Paul Vnuk, Jr.

    (Recording Magazine)

    "The choice is yours... heck, get both. These aren't 'toy' versions of bigger brothers. They're serious workhorses."

    Jeff Anderson

    EQ

    "The Solo 110 and the Solo 610 are each an extraordinary value, and a great addition to large studios and hobbyist spaces alike."

    Hugh Robjohns

    (Sound on Sound)

    "UA has capitalized on their strenghts with these two preamps, the only improvement would be to combine them into one"

    Kevin Becka

    (Mix Magazine)

    "The Solos get high marks in the three 'p's: performance, price and portability ... it doesn't get much better than this."

  • Jason Blum

    (Future Music US)

    "The only regret you'll have after buying one is that you didn't pick up two [Solo 610s] to make it a stereo pair."

    Huw Price

    (Music Tech UK)

    "Classic styling and legendary UA sound in a convenient and affordable package."

    Huw Price

    (MusicTech UK)

    "The build quality [on the Solo 610] is superb - we're talking top-quality components, not run-of-the-mill stuff."

    Kevin Harp

    (The Motels, Bryan Adams)

    "The SOLO/610 performs better than I could have imagined – it makes everything sound better."

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    by P. Catella (Friday 17 June, 2011)

    This is an incredible preamp! Without throwing too much character into your recordings (some valve flavor, but not overwhelming), it is detailed and creamy - whilst still retaining a fair amount of bite and good transient response. While they are not know for having much headroom, I'd say that f … Read More

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    Killer Preamp for any source!
    by D. Saltzman (Wednesday 7 August, 2013)

    I have had the pleasure of working extensively with the 2-610 units and I knew I had to pick this guy up. It is my go-to DI for bass/vocals and sounds incredible with almost any source. I love the transient clarity on bass and vocals, and I have also had a lot of success using it for sax, trumpet, g … Read More

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    love 610
    by S. Bahmani (Sunday 28 April, 2013)

    this preamp is really cool...i love it ... Thank you UA for your helping in World of music :) … Read More

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    SOLO/610 Classic Tube Preamplifier & DI Box
    by C. Tuncer (Saturday 13 April, 2013)

    SOLO/610 Classic Tube Preamplifier & DI Box perfect preamp … Read More

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    Awesome!!!
    by A. Bouchard (Tuesday 22 January, 2013)

    I have had a lot of different preamps. This one is the best sounding, cleanest and most useful in my experience. It has a sonic signature. The tube gives a creaminess at low levels and slightly grainy at max levels but it always sounds good no matter what you do.It is the best piece of gear I bought … Read More


Features & Specs

SOLO/610 Classic Tube Preamplifier & DI Box

Features:
  • Classic Putnam 610 console mic preamplifier and DI
  • Legendary all-tube sound, at a project studio price
  • Gain, Level, and Impedance selection for maximum tonal variety
  • Portable design for studio, desktop or stage
  • Rugged construction-steel chassis
  • DI features include Thru and Mic/Line level output
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-year limited warranty
Specifications:

Input Impedance
Mic Input - Selectable 450 ohms (Lo-Z) or 1.6 kilohms (Hi-Z)
DI Input - Selectable 2.2 megohms (Lo-Z) or 50 kilohms (Hi-Z)

Output Load Impedance
20 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 1 dB

Maximum Gain
61 dB

Tube Complement
(1) 12AX7, (1) 12AT7

Maximum Mic Input Level
-12 dBu, 1.0% THD+N Ratio

Maximum Instrument Input Level
+4 dBu, 1.0% THD+N Ratio

Maximum Gain Mic Input
55 dB (1.6K ohm input), 60 dB (450 ohm input)

Mic/Instrument In Frequency Response
20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 0.1 dB

Maximum Gain Instrument Input
37 dB
 
Dimensions
L: 14"
W: 5 3/4"
H: 5"

Weight
9 lbs.

Docs

UA 2011 Product Catalog.pdf

SOLO/610 Manual.pdf