The LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip is set to revolutionize how you record and mix your music. Launching on May 28th, 2024, this new plug-in from Universal Audio combines three of the most iconic pieces of analog gear ever made into one powerful tool. Featuring the 610 mic preamp, the 1176 Limiting Amplifier, and the LA-2A Leveling Amplifier, the LA-6176 brings the rich heritage of Universal Audio’s analog sound directly to your DAW.

Whether you’re recording vocals, guitars, drums, or bass, this plug-in offers unparalleled versatility and sound quality.

The Rich Heritage of Universal Audio’s Analog Sound

Universal Audio has been a pioneer in audio recording for over 70 years, and the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip is a testament to that legacy. The original 6176 channel strip, released in 2004, became a staple in the studios of stars like Coldplay, Adele, and Pharrell. Now, with the LA-6176 plug-in, you can experience the same analog magic in a digital format.

Plug in to the World’s Most Famous Tube Preamp The heart of the LA-6176 is the 610 tube preamp, a design by Bill Putnam that has shaped the sound of countless recordings. Introduced in the 1960s, the 610 preamp was used to record legends like the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash. The modern 610-B circuit in the LA-6176 plug-in offers deep EQ controls that add rich, tube-driven sound to any vocal or instrument track.

Get the Legendary Punch of an 1176LN Limiter The 1176 Limiting Amplifier is another key component of the LA-6176. Known for its ultra-fast response, the 1176 has been a go-to compressor for decades of popular music. From Led Zeppelin to Bob Marley and Beyonce, the 1176’s FET-based circuit has delivered punchy, dynamic tracks that stand out in any mix.

Add Smooth LA-2A Tube Compression Completing the trifecta, the LA-6176 includes the smooth, optical compression of the LA-2A Leveling Amplifier. Known for its silky-smooth compression, the LA-2A has been a favorite for vocal and instrument recordings for over 60 years. The plug-in allows you to easily switch between the LA-2A and 1176 modes, giving you the flexibility to find the perfect sound for any track.

Unison-Enabled for Real-Time Recording

One of the standout features of the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip is its Unison technology, which allows for real-time recording with Apollo interfaces. This technology faithfully emulates the original analog hardware’s unique impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and circuit behaviors. With the LA-6176, you’ll get all the rich analog warmth and character in a seamless digital workflow.

Real-Time Analog Sound Using the LA-6176 with an Apollo interface, you can record in real-time the precise characteristics of the original 610 tube preamp. When you add the 1176 and LA-2A compressors into the mix, you have three famous analog circuits at your fingertips, all in a single Unison slot.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip plug-in? It is a plug-in that combines the 610 mic preamp, 1176 Limiting Amplifier, and the LA-2A Leveling Amplifier into one powerful tool for your DAW.

When will the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip be available? It will be available on May 28th, 2024.

How much does the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip cost? It is available for $299, with a special introductory offer of $99 during the Half-Yearly Sale from May 28 to June 30, 2024.

Can I use the LA-6176 with my Apollo interface? The LA-6176 is Unison-enabled, allowing for real-time recording with Apollo interfaces.

What are the key benefits of the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip? The LA-6176 offers the rich harmonics of a 610 tube preamp, the punch of an 1176 Limiting Amplifier, and the smooth compression of an LA-2A, all in one plug-in.


The LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip plug-in is a game-changer for anyone serious about music production. Its combination of iconic analog sounds and modern digital convenience brings a wealth of sonic possibilities to your fingertips. Don’t miss out on the special introductory offer and experience the unparalleled quality and versatility of the LA-6176 from Universal Audio.

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