Scotts Valley, CA (April 26, 2012)—Universal Audio (UA) has released its 1176 classic limiter collection for the UAD-2 powered plug-ins platform and new Apollo high-resolution audio interface.
Picking up where UA's original 1176LN limiting amplifier plug-in left off, this new 1176 collection reportedly provides emulations of three distinct 1176 hardware units. The 1176 models the Bill Putnam, Sr.-designed FET limiter's entire electronic path--including its transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers, and input/output distortion--and offers improvements to its gain reduction nonlinearities and Attack/Release fits.
The 1176 limiter plug-in collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations. The Rev A "Bluestripe" represents the original Putnam FET limiter design, complete with its higher distortion and FET gain amplifier characteristics. The Rev E "Blackface" covers the early '70s/Brad Plunkett "LN" (Low Noise) era of the 1176 circuit lineage, with a more linear compression response, transistor gain amplification and a change to the program dependency. The 1176AE emulates UA's rare 1176 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with exclusive "hot-rod" mods, including its lower 2:1 compression ratio and a fixed "super slow" 10ms attack mode.
Also included in the 1176 classic limiter plug-in collection are handcrafted presets from such 1176 enthusiasts as: Ed Cherney (Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt), Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, The Killers), Carl Glanville (U2), David Isaac (Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross), Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), Hugo Nicolson (Radiohead, Björk), Vance Powell (The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs) and Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers).