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UA Announces LA-610 Classic Tube Recording Channel

Features 610 mic-pre and EQ combined with a T4 opto-compressor (September 09, 2004)

Universal Audio (UA), a manufacturer of high-quality vintage audio hardware and DSP software plug-ins for digital audio workstations, today announced the new LA-610 Classic Tube Recording Channel featuring the legendary 610 mic-pre and EQ section combined with a LA-2A style T4 opto-compressor. The LA-610 will have a MSRP of US$1795.

"The electro-optical detector or 'T4 cell' as its commonly known, is the very heart and soul of both the LA-610's compressor and the unrivalled king of opto-compression; our Teletronix LA-2A. The unique combination of electroluminescent panel and custom-manufactured photo-resistors inside the T4 cell are the crucial circuit components that gives both these compressors their program-dependent behavior and signature sound," said Joe Bryan, VP of Engineering for Universal Audio. " To compliment this, we selected three 12AX7A's, a single 6072A and a single 6AQ5 tube for amplifier warmth and overall tonal balance"

LA-610 Key Features:
* Legendary MT Putnam 610 tube mic-pre/EQ used on countless classic recordings
* Authentic T4 opto-compressor module (Teletronix LA-2A-style)
* Complete vintage channel-strip at "all-access" price within project studio reach
* Mic-pre with variable impedance switching, and Instrument DI with tone "color" and "warmth" make for a perfect front end for DAW's
* UA build quality, heritage, and audiophile components, hand-assembled in the USA.

"To be clear, the compressor section of the LA-610 is not an exacting clone like our Teletronix LA-2A but through innovative design engineering, tube choice and extensive listening tests, we achieved our goals of (i) capturing the essential sonic signature of the LA-2A, (ii) maintaining UA's high standards of build and sonic quality and (iii) hitting an aggressive price point within reach of the serious Project Studio" said Mike Barnes, UA's Director of Marketing. "The LA-610 is a truly versatile tone-box and is ideal, not only for those that can afford just one quality recording front end for their project studio, but also for the seasoned pro's that have been looking to add more of the T4 "luxury" sound to their outboard rig. There is really nothing else at this price to touch it!"

The LA-610 was designed in association with original UREI analog design engineer, Dennis Fink who previously worked on many classic UA audio products under the direction of company founder, Bill Putnam Sr.

About Universal Audio
Founded in 1999 and based in Santa Cruz, California, Universal Audio is best known for its vintage analog reproductions and advanced Digital Signal Processing technology. The company is focused on merging the best of analog and digital technology. The company is devoted to this endeavor, following its motto, Analog Ears, Digital Minds.

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