Universal Audio LA-610 MKII Valve Microphone Preamp

£1,770.00

SKU: UALA-610MK2 Category:

Description

The Universal Audio LA-610 MKII is a second-generation revamp of the original 2005 LA-610 design. While the preamp and compressor are identical to the original LA-610 that users have come to know and love, user-requested features such as true compressor bypass, larger metering, improved output signal, an auto-sensing power supply have been added bringing the end user an enhanced user experience. The LA-610 Mk II also features the highly popular “black on black” cosmetics of the LA-610 Signature Edition.

The Universal Audio LA-610 MK 2 packs tremendous sonic versatility and is an ideal front-end for tracking with modern DAW’s and the serious project studio looking to get the UA sonic experience: Real quality and character at an accessible price.

The LA-610 Mk2 is based on the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the 60’s. Noted for their musical character and warmth, countless classics from Sinatra to Van Halen have been recorded using these preamps. After the preamp section, the LA-610 Mk II offers the T4 optical compressor.

The simple operation and program dependent nature of the LA-610 T4 compressor provides the same extremely musical control that has made the LA-2A such a well-loved classic for over 40 years. The electro-optical detector or “T4 cell” is the very heart and soul of the Teletronix LA-2A. The unique combination of electroluminescent panel and photo-resistors inside the T4 cell are the crucial circuit components that give both compressors their signature sound.

The main features of the Universal Audio LA-610 MKII Valve Microphone Preamp include:

  • Based on Legendary Bill Putnam 610 Tube Mic Pre and EQ Used on Countless Classic Recordings
  • Authentic Teletronix LA-2A-style T4 Opto-Compressor
  • Complete vintage channel-strip at groundbreaking price within project studio reach
  • Mic Pre with Gain and Level controls, variable impedance switching, and Instrument DI for recording tone “color”
  • Mk II Features such as True Bypass, Larger Metering and Improved Signal Output
  • UA build quality and heritage, audiophile components, hand-assembled in the USA
  • True Bypass of the Compressor Circuit
  • Larger and Better Lit Metering
  • Improved Output Signal Performance
  • Auto-Sensing Universal Power Supply
  • Improved stability with feedback-style shelving EQ
  • Improved consistency with Input Gain values

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Brand

Universal Audio

Universal Audio Pioneering audio recording for more than 60 years. Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording equipment since its start. The favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and many more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator. He is widely known as the father of modern recording, with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today. Amongst other things, Putnam was the inventor of the modern recording console, the multi-band audio equalizer and the vocal booth. He was also the first engineer to use artificial reverberation in commercial recording. Alongside his friend Les Paul, Putnam was also involved in the early development of stereophonic recording. Putnam started three audio product companies during his long career, these includes: Universal Audio, Studio Electronics and UREI. All three companies built equipment that remains widely used decades after their introduction. Some of these products are: The ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube recording console. The 610 console in particular stands as one of the most beloved designs in audio history. This was used to record everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Van Halen’s eponymous debut. Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

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Weight 10 kg

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