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Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Classic Tube Recording Channel
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      Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Classic Tube Recording Channel (250012)
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An industry-standard channel strip from the father of pro audio, updated with user-requested features.

The LA-610 by Universal Audio defined the affordable, ultimate vintage tone channel strip. So how can UA improve on tonal perfection on what was already a hit product? Enter the sequel...LA-610 Mk II, a second-generation revamp of the original 2005 LA-610 design. While the preamp and compressor are identical to the original LA-610 that professionals have come to know and love, additional features have been added such as true compressor bypass, larger metering, improved output signal, and an auto-sensing power supply. The LA-610 Mk II also features the highly popular black-on-black cosmetics of the LA-610 Signature Edition.

The original UA 610 tube mic pre and EQ have been used to record artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Eddie Van Halen. It's a sound that never gets old — just better — thanks to the spirit of Bill Putnam and modern advances in electronics design.

Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II 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, 500OHMS, Hi-Z: 2.2M, 47Kohms)
    5 position Stepped Preamp Input Gain, Continuous Preamp Output Level
    -15dB Pad Switch (15dB Pad/Off)
    Phase reverse (0/180°)
    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 Transformers


Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Classic Tube Recording Channel Specifications:

  • Microphone Input Impedance: Selectable, 500 Ohms or 2k Ohms
    Balanced Line Input Impedance: 20k Ohms
    Hi-Z Input Impedance: Selectable, 2.2M Ohms or 47k Ohms
    Maximum Microphone Input Level: -8 dBu (2K input Imp. & 15 dB Pad in)
    Maximum Output Level: 80 Ohms
    Recommended Minimum Load: 600 Ohms
    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.


Universal Audio LA-610 Mk II Classic Tube Recording Channel

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  • A MUST HAVE FOR ALL STUDIOS

    As reviewed by Cruz on 3/16/2009

    Its a excellent preamp and the optical compressor side is just unbelieveable, no distortion at all and very warm sound, Universal Audio hasnt let me down yet.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
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  • Silky smooth

    As reviewed by Chris Cortez on 10/20/2011

    I own several boutique pre-amps to compare to and the LA-610mkII stands shoulder to shoulder with them. It possesses a tone unlike the others especially on male vocal...Silky highs with punchy low mids and just enough air. The preamp and compressor work very well together where you can hit 10db of compression and barely hear it working. Very smooth and musical for tracking vocals. Like an LA2a it is very easy to set up. Everything feels solid. Switches and knobs have a positive feel and seem high quality. For a vintage modeled piece it actually has a pleasing modern tone and not dark like some reviews have stated. It's definitely warm but possibly because of the smooth mid range. If anything it has a well-balanced tone that will work well on many lead sources. On the bad side, the preamp can be overdriven slightly if not careful. Watch your loud passages and set your gain for that. All in all, I'm loving this piece. It has a color unlike my neve style preamps and it fills that lush and opulent side of my tool kit. Smooth and punchy. Delicate and tough. UA has a winner here. I'm in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • LA610MKII kicks big time

    As reviewed by MHB on 8/4/2011

    So after months of research on pre-amps/ channel strips and after watching UA's video on the original UA 610 console. Takes some getting used to for vocal/mic settings, but it has a TON of sounds from clean to colored. Built like a tank and will be in my studio set-up as a main piece for years, if not the rest of my life. Highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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