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Universal Audio LA610 MKII Classic Tube Recording Channel

Item: UVLA610MKII

The Universal Audio LA-610 MkII combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design — heard on classic albums ranging from The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to Van Halen I — with authentic Teletronix T4 opto-compression circuitry. This classic channel strip design, with its warm preamp tone and smooth, natural-sounding compression, is updated with modern, user-requested features like true compressor bypass, larger metering, increased output, and an auto-switching power supply.

The LA-610 MkII also boasts much lower noise specs versus vintage models. Elegant and highly popular “Black on Black” cosmetics complete the package. For the serious project studio looking to get the UA sonic experience, the LA-610 MkII offers tone, quality and character at an accessible price.

The LA-610 Mk II 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 Mk II 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.

Universal Audio LA610 MKII Classic Tube Recording Channel Features:

  • 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


 
MK II Improvements

  • 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
  • LED Jewel Light Never Needs Replacing

General

  • Mic, Line and Hi-Z Input, Line Output
  • Dual Impedance Mic and Hi-Z inputs (Mic: 2K, 500O, Hi-Z: 2.2M, 47KO)
  • 5 position Stepped Preamp Input Gain, Continuous Preamp Output Level
  • -15dB Pad Switch (15dB Pad/Off)
  • Phase reverse (0/180º)
  • 48 volt Phantom Power switch (+48v/Off) 
  • +/- 9 dB stepped High Shelving Filter (4.5, 7, 10 kHz)
  • +/- 9 dB stepped Low Shelving Filter (70, 100, 200 Hz)
  • T4 Optical Compressor with Continuous Peak Reduction and Makeup Gain
  • Compress/Limit/Bypass Modes of Dynamic Operation (3:1 / 8: 1)
  • Meter Source Selector Switch (Preamp/Gain Reduction/Compressor) 
  • Front Panel Power switch (On/Off) 
  • Custom Altran and Cinemag Transformer

Specifications:


  • Microphone Input Impedance:Selectable, 500 ohm or 2k? ohm 
  • Balanced Line Input Impedance: 20k ohm
    Hi-Z Input ImpedanceSelectable, 2.2M ohm or 47k ohm 
  • Maximum Microphone Input Level: -8 dBu (2K input Imp. & 15 dB Pad in)
  • Maximum Output Level: 80 O
  • Recommended Minimum Load: 600?
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 0.5dB
  • Maximum Gain: 40 dB (Line), +77dB (Mic)
  • Noise Floor: -72 dBu 20 - 20kHz (Line In, unity Gain)
  • Compressor Ratio: 3:1, soft knee, program dependent
  • Limiter Ratio: 8: 1, soft knee, program dependent
  • Attack Time: 10 ms, program dependent
  • Release Time: Dual stage: 60 ms for 1st release, then 1 - 15 sec.
  • Tube Complement: (3) 12AX7, (1) 12AT7, (1) EL84
  • Power Requirements: 100V / 120V / 240V
  • Power Consumption: 30 Watts
  • Power Connector: Detachable IEC power cable
  • Dimensions: 19" W x 3.5" H x 12.25" D (two rack spaces)
  • Weight: 12 lbs.

List price: $1,999.00

Price: $1,599.00

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