1176 Classic Limiter Collection

1176 Classic Limiter Collection


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The definitive collection of the world’s most famous compressors.

The original Universal Audio 1176 was designed by UA founder M.T. “Bill” Putnam, and represented a major breakthrough in limiter technology. The first true peak limiter to feature all-transistor circuitry and ultra-fast FET gain reduction, the 1176 has lent its character and punch to some of the greatest recordings in history.

Universal Audio released its first 1176 plug-in emulation in 2001. This plug-in single-handedly launched the UAD platform, and inspired a decade of analog emulation software. Today, we’ve circled back to the 1176, and modeled its entire electronic path from stem to stern — including its transformers and FET and transistor amplifiers, resulting in unrivaled emulations of three distinct 1176 units.

Now You Can:

Track and mix with painstaking emulations of the legendary 1176, the most popular compressor ever made

Choose from three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes

Harness the 1176’s entire electronic path including transformers and FET and transistor amplifiers for colorful distortion

Add color to signals with “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” yielding 1176 distortion without compression

Use the infamous “All-Button” mode for colorful overdriven textures

Mix with presets from legendary 1176 users such as Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Ed Cherney, and Joe Chiccarelli

5-Minute UAD Tips

5-Minute UAD Tips

Featuring the 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection.

A Triple Threat

A Triple Threat

The 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations to the original 1176. The Rev A “Bluestripe” represents the original Putnam FET limiter design, complete with its higher distortion and unique FET gain amplifier characteristics. The Rev E “Blackface” covers the early '70s Brad Plunkett “LN” (Low Noise) era, with variations including a more linear compression response, transistor gain amplification, and a change to the program dependence. The 1176AE provides UA’s rare 1176 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with exclusive mods — including its lower 2:1 compression ratio.

Classic Compression, Quickly

Classic Compression, Quickly

Using an 1176 is a study in simplicity. Input simultaneously sets compression threshold and the level of the signal entering the 1176; Output sets the final signal level. Attack sets the time it takes the 1176 to respond to incoming signal, while Release sets the time it takes the 1176 to return to its initial level. The VU meter displays the amount of gain reduction (GR) or output level (+4/+8).

Ratio Buttons for Iconic Color

Ratio Buttons for Iconic Color

The four Ratio buttons determine the degree of compression — lower ratios for compression, higher ratios for limiting. Disengaging all Ratio buttons disables compression, while continuing to pass signal through the 1176 circuitry, adding unmistakable color. At the request of users, “Multi-Button” combinations possible with the hardware are now attainable in the plug-in — including the famous “All Button” sound.

Key Features

Painstaking new emulations of legendary M.T. “Bill” Putnam-designed 1176, the most popular compressor ever made
Includes three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes
Models entire electronic path, including transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers, for colorful input / output distortion
Accurately models ultra-fast hardware attack time: 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
New “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” provides popular amplifier-only mode, adding 1176 distortion without compression
All multi-button ratio combinations now available — including “All-Buttons”
Includes Artist Presets from Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Carl Glanville, David Isaac, Ed Cherney, Hugo Nicolson, Jacquire King, Joe Chiccarelli, and Vance Powell
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

1176 Classic Limiter Collection

Overall Rating

UAD User

July 10, 2017

Gets the Job done

I'm very happy with this purchase. I was able to get my vocals right where I wanted them. I strongly recommend any and everyone to test it out and if your satisfied as much as I am, it will be money well spent!

T. van Iersel

June 29, 2017

Best compressors ever

These new plugin models really capture the distortion characteristics of the hardware and are so versatile. An 1176 is my go to compressor for anything from kicks, snares to bass, guitar and vocals. Even as a stereo unlinked compressor working as a bus compressor for groups of instruments and vocals. You really can't go wrong with an 1176. And having the ability to choose from 3 models all over your mixes is just heavenly.

A. Solovyev

June 29, 2017

Это классика!

Несколько месяцев использовал legacy версии-потом решил купить обновленные-с удовольствием пользуюсь обоими вариантами-старые более нейтральные по звуку, новые-более окрашивают-разные выпуски по-разному.

G. Scuderi

June 28, 2017


Having the real thing I have always liked the sound of the UAD emulations, even the "old" ones that came with the original UAD-1 card. They a "liquid", very fluid "analog" sound and feel to them I haven't heard on any other emulation from any other plugin maker. The UAD-2 are a huge improvement and therefore, I use them just about in every mixing session.

L. Vermeir

June 26, 2017

great compressor

nice piece of software I use a lot with synths, backings, beats (parallel), and other tracks...

thanks UA !

UAD User

June 18, 2017


The AE and Blue Stripe are worth price of admission!

UAD User

June 18, 2017


The AE and blue stripe is worth price of admission

UAD User

June 18, 2017

Studio necessity

It truly sounds like the hardware! No other emulation out there compares to the UAD

J. Brogdon

June 16, 2017

Awesome compressor collection!

If you're looking into this collection, you more than likely know what you're looking for and you came to the right place. Awesome collection!

J. Brogdon

June 16, 2017

Classic analog function and sound out of world class plugin!

There is nothing like an 1176 and who better to make the best plugin version than Universal Audio themselves!

S. Peets

June 14, 2017

Great Sounding With Old School Control

I took some time and compared the UAD 1176 to other similar plugins. There was no question which one I was going with. I delayed working in the box for quite a few years but with the UAD plugins, I've been enjoying mixing in the box more than I thought I ever would.

D. Kim

June 2, 2017


Although I am a kind of novice for music, I can feel the improvement of the sound. This helps me a lot in mixing. You have to try!!

J. Wander

May 31, 2017

A must have.

These are insane. An amazing versatile collection of 1176 emulations!

R. Murry

May 26, 2017

Absolutely Essential

I used so many 1176 modeled plugins for other venders: Bomb Factory, Waves, and IK. This knocks it out of the park. It definitely adds some magic to your tracks.

Y. Sikuade

May 19, 2017


no 1 for vocals


May 16, 2017

Great 1176!!!

1176 is my new secret weapon!

K. Venskunas

May 7, 2017

Great compressor

It's one of my go to compressors. Using it vocal, guitar, drums, bass. In parallel mode nothing beats all buttons mode. Great compressor.

T. Spaniel

May 2, 2017


Great Compressor !

P. Galanakis

May 1, 2017

Super realistic!

This is crazy how real these babies sound! using them loads. Great for gentle or smashing stuff.

UAD User

April 26, 2017

best 1176 compressor

each model has their own charector, compare every 1176model. very good

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