UA 1176 Studio Compressor Pedal

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A True classic in a modern package

The 1176 UAFX pedal is named after the iconic Universal Audio 1176LN compressor, which is renowned for its legendary studio compressors used by countless musicians and engineers worldwide. The 1176 compressor is celebrated for its warm and punchy sound, making it a staple in the music industry. The UAFX pedal translates this legacy into a compact stompbox, providing guitarists with the power to sculpt their guitar tones like never before.

One of the standout features of the 1176 UAFX is its versatility. This pedal doesn’t just cater to a single genre or style; it offers a wide range of tonal options to suit any guitarist’s needs. With three distinct modes – the Single, Dual and Sustain modes – you can effortlessly switch between classic and modern compression flavors.

For those familiar with the rackmounted 1176LN, using the UAFX 1176 Studio Compressor feels like a reunion with an old companion. Much like its studio hardware predecessor, this guitar effects pedal boasts Input and Output knobs for precise gain reduction and output level adjustments. Additionally, the Attack and Release knobs are user-friendly, allowing you to fine-tune your compression settings effortlessly. The Ratio knob on the 1176 Studio Compressor spans from Off to All, commonly known as “all buttons in,” ideal for situations when you need maximum sonic impact.

History of the Universal Audio 1176 Compressor

The 1176LN compressor, an iconic piece of audio equipment, has a rich and storied history that dates back to the late 1960s. Designed by audio engineer Bill Putnam Sr. and his team at Universal Audio, the 1176LN was a groundbreaking innovation in the realm of dynamic range processing. The “LN” in its name stands for “Low Noise,” emphasizing its remarkable ability to reduce unwanted noise while enhancing the dynamic range of audio recordings.

Upon its release in 1967, the 1176LN quickly gained recognition for its unparalleled performance. Musicians and recording engineers alike were drawn to its ability to provide transparent compression, maintaining the integrity of the original audio signal. The 1176LN’s simplicity in design, featuring just four main control knobs – Input, Output, Attack, and Release – made it exceptionally user-friendly and contributed to its widespread popularity.

The 1176LN’s influence extended beyond the studio, as it found its way into numerous hit records of the era. Its distinctive sound, characterized by its warm and punchy compression, became synonymous with the sound of rock and pop music from the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Over the years, its timeless design and sonic qualities have cemented its status as a classic in the world of audio processing, inspiring countless musicians and engineers while earning its place as an essential tool in professional recording studios worldwide.

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