UA 175B & 176 Tube Compressor Collection

UA 175B & 176 Tube Compressor Collection

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The Bill Putnam-designed tube compressors that changed recording.

Introduced in the early 1960s, Universal Audio's 175B and 176 compressors were the first audio compressors purpose-built for studio recording and mixing music. Often cited among the crowning achievements of audio pioneer and UA founder Bill Putnam Sr., the 175B and 176 are prized for their rich tube gain reduction character, fast attack, and sonic flexibility.

With only roughly 1,000 units made, vintage 175B and 176s easily command well over $5,000 on the vintage market today, and they can be found in the racks of some of the world's finest studios. Now, you can track and mix with the only authentic plug-in emulation of the original UA 175B and 176 compressors — exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces.

Now You Can:

Track and mix with the only authentic emulations of Bill Putnam Sr.'s most coveted compressor designs

Add vintage tube gain reduction character and detail to vocals, drums, guitars, and more

Spice up any source with harmonically rich tube amplifier and transformer emulation

Creatively control or enhance the dynamics of your most important sources with 2:1, 4:1, 8:1 and 12:1 ratio controls

Harness plug-in-only features like Dry/Wet Mix parallel processing and Headroom for user‑customizable operating level

Mix with artist presets from Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits), Carl Glanville (U2, Bruce Springsteen), Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, Beck), and more

Take a Listen

Take a Listen
A Pioneering Limiter

A Pioneering Limiter

With its breakthrough fast attack time and independently variable Attack and Release controls, the UA 175B and 176 went far beyond all previously available broadcast limiters. They were quickly installed in the early 1960's at both United/Western and legendary Sunset Sound studios, where a rack of 176s still reside today. As an all-tube predecessor to the famed 1176, the 175B and 176 compressors have lent warmth and character to thousands of seminal recordings — from the Rolling Stones and Elton John, to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aretha Franklin, and Miles Davis.

Emulating a Masterpiece

Emulating a Masterpiece

Based on a pair of UA's 1960s golden units, the UA 175B and 176 Tube Compressor Collection plug-ins expertly capture Putnam’s tube-based gain reduction designs, as well as the tube amplifier's ultra-musical harmonics and rich, low-frequency transformer saturation. Putnam’s feedback compression circuit is key to the 175B/176 mojo, yielding softer compression at lower input levels and harder, nearly brickwall limiting at higher levels.

All-Around Champ

All-Around Champ

Sonically, the 175B and 176 compressors are often compared favorably to a Fairchild compressor, albeit with more versatile controls. As such, they're perfect for vocals, drums, guitars, and more. The UA 175B and 176 Tube Compressor Collection plug-ins give you all the character and juice of the originals — indistinguishable from the target hardware in blind listening tests.

In Action

In Action

Delicate when you need subtle control, but colorful when slammed, these plug-ins can add depth to room mics or a drum bus, give your guitars definition, park a bass in a mix, and inject vocals with energy. You can even turn off the compression completely and use the 175B/176 plug-ins as a "tone box," lending rich tube amplifier and transformer textures galore.

Key Features

Painstaking circuit emulation of Bill Putnam Sr.'s rare and iconic 175B and 176 tube compressors

Models the entire circuit path and control set of the original hardware units

UA 175B features a fixed 12:1 Ratio, 176 features four selectable Ratios: 2:1, 4:1, 8:1 and 12:1

Exclusive plug-in features include Sidechain Link, Dry/Wet Mix parallel processing and Headroom for user-customizable operating level

Includes artist presets from Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits), Carl Glanville (U2, Bruce Springsteen), Joe Chiccarelli (My Morning Jacket, Beck), and more

Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or UA Audio Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

UA 175B & 176 Tube Compressor Collection

Overall Rating

p. albert

March 28, 2020

UA 175B ET 176 Tube Compresseur

Compresseur très efficace obtenue avec l'achat d'un satellite DSP .

O. Daniel

March 28, 2020

WARMTH

This works well for me, esp on the 2bus. Just glad to have it.

B. Horvat

March 19, 2020

Great plugins

I hate those plugins. I use to know my way around, when it came to mixing, but with these two units... They're fantastic. Why do I hate them...? Because I'm spending too much time applying them (both versions) to pretty much every track in my mix and spending hours enjoying in what they do, instead of getting my work done. But really, these are my new go to plugins for almost any track. Great character easy to use and they feel like home on my 2bus as well. Good job UAD.

M. Hall

March 4, 2020

Nice

Nice

J. Eddington

March 3, 2020

Soo Warm

Love the 175B on vocals and keys, and just about everything else.

C. Davies

February 27, 2020

175b and 176

Gives a really warm vibe to the sound of the strat
digging these plugins

J. Barillaro

February 24, 2020

Classics

Can't go wrong once you get it set.

J. Barillaro

February 24, 2020

Classics

Can't go wrong once you get it set.

P. Mata Rodriguez

February 18, 2020

Great piece of software

I don't own the original hardware so I cannot compare, but the results on my guitar and Superior Drummer are great. Great piece of software!!!

R. Hartley

February 17, 2020

Wonderful

These are just really sweet compressors.

M. Seitz

February 15, 2020

Weapon an Acoustics...

Seems to be an 1176 MKII...
I needed a little time to find the right way to me. But now its one of my favourites!

M. Qassim

February 5, 2020

Love 175B on Acoustical Instruments

The way it controls the transients and the colour is something quite special. What's unique about it, is the mixture of the colour of a vintage unit with the compression action of an 1176. Also, just like an 1176 quick and easy to get a good compression.

P. Ruiz

January 24, 2020

Haven't test the classics...but this one does it!

I am quite a new comer to UAD but this one gets the job done. Add it to gitars or voice with the right process and brings any recording to life!

D. Yudin

January 19, 2020

Very good!

I use it on bus channels, I am very happy with them.

M. Keilhauer

January 17, 2020

Analog Compression

Unfortunatly I‘ll never be able to get my hands on the real gear. But that‘s the way it should sound. Close your eyes to imagine sitting in front of the hardware in your rack.

s. yang

January 16, 2020

Thank you for making it again. UA175B & 176 !!

I haven't actually tried the UA 175B & 176 compressor hardware.

However, since I believe in UA, which has excellent reprint technology worldwide, I was not hesitant to buy this plug-in.

Currently I use this plugin for a lot of work.
UA 175B & 176 Both plug-ins feature rich colors.
In particular, the UA 176 compressor delivers a very pleasant low end.

When used strongly, it is used very shallowly because it affects elements a little, and you can get very good harmonics simply by plugging in.

Compressors have a lot of influence on the person who makes the music.
You need to study carefully the characteristics of the compressor you use, as it also influences the direction of the direction of music.

I'm thinking of putting the UA 175B & 176 compressor into much of my music by 2020.

Thank you to UA for always providing good quality.

N. Antonio

January 11, 2020

使いやすい

2台ともサチュレーションなど違いが分かりやすくいろいろな音源で試しています。

R. DIAMOND

January 8, 2020

Best compressor yet

My favourite Uad compressor yet,nice warm vibe

C. Manchester

January 7, 2020

Unbelievably good

Obviously I have never used the real thing, but who cares. These are solid compressors with a warmth to die for. I love really pushing them hard with drums.

t. billonare

January 6, 2020

good

use this
sound is more smooth