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Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box  

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The SOLO/610 by Universal Audio is designed to deliver the classic sound of the Putnam 610 console. The all-tube SOLO/610 provides the silky vintage warmth of the original UA 610 console used by artis... Click To Read More About This Product

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The SOLO/610 by Universal Audio is designed to deliver the classic sound of the Putnam 610 console. The all-tube SOLO/610 provides the silky vintage warmth of the original UA 610 console used by artists ranging from Sinatra to Van Halen. Its all-tube circuit was carefully created to maintain the character of its vintage predecessor with the audiophile components and solid build you'd expect from a UA product. It has mic and DI inputs; Thru output; continuous gain and level controls; a gain-structuring Shape switch; 48V phantom power; lo cut filter; phase reverse; ground lift; and versatile mic/line level output switch. The SOLO/110 is hand-assembled by Universal Audio in the USA.

Features
  • World-class mic pre and DI
  • Classic Putnam 610 console all-tube sound
  • All-tube circuit path constructed of audiophile-quality components
  • Mic and DI inputs
  • Thru output
  • Gain, Level, and impedance selection
  • Gain Shape switch
  • Mic/Line level output switch
  • 48V phantom power
  • Lo Cut filter
  • Phase reverse
  • Ground lift
  • Rugged steel chassis construction
Specifications
  • Input impedance: selectable 500ohms or 2kOhms (mic); selectable 2.2MOhms or 47kOhms (Hi-Z)
    Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz +/-1dB
    Maximum gain: 61dB
    Tube complement: 1 - 12AX7 and 1 - 6072
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One year parts and labor warranty on all U.A. products and Kind of Loud products.


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Universal AudioUA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New tubes for amazing tone!

By Matthew Abell

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

I bought one of these used for five hundred bucks. I already own a Pendulum Audio SPS-1 preamp, which, though amazingly clear, can sometimes sound a little too clinical and almost brittle for lead vocals and instruments. I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about the tone of the Solo 610 at first -- it was noisy, distorted easily, and broke up when pushing the input stage too hard -- but the unit was already five years old, so I thought it might be time to change the tubes. I replaced the stock JJ's with a pair of Genalex Gold Lions -- a $90 upgrade. I was expecting a subtle improvement at best. Oh my god! The difference was incredible! Silky smooth with tight bass and punchy mids. The background hiss completely disappeared. Now, I'm in love with this preamp. Whereas my SPS-1 can be a little sibilant and lacking "meat" for lead parts, the Solo 610 makes vocals "pop" in a way that no transformer-based preamp could do. (Bear in mind the SPS-1 has two channels but also costs more than twice as much!) The controls are easy to figure out -- drive the input stage for desired color and adjust the output stage to suit. Works great as a direct box too. I would caution users not to overdo it with the Solo 610, however, since driving it too hard can add a complexity to tracks that makes them hard to mix. If you have another more neutral preamp, save the Solo 610 for lead parts. A highly recommended upgrade for any home or semi-pro studio, especially if you swap out the tubes.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Put your mixes in a whole new category

By Les Paul 25/50

from Fort Myers, FL

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

I've added this to my signal chain and now I put EVERYTHING through it. Nothing I have doesn't sound better through this pre. Vocals and ac. guitars with my 20 year old AT4033 mic sound better than ever, so does my guitar and bass. I use software for amps and record using a ProjectMix IO and have never created better sounding mixes with so little effort. Vocals sound almost fully dialed in before I even add anything else. That helps vocallists record using zero latency monitoring without my software freaking them out with that slight delay but still getting a FULL sound. Treble is warm, glassy, mids are creamy and the bass, too, is warm and punchy. If the circuit in this thing was good enough for Van Halen I then who am I to think I can find better? Start your studio with this, then build around it. Your recordings will thank you for it!!!!

 
4.0

Worth the price, but not stellar

By Carl Scott

from Houston, Texas, USA

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

I can't say that I've used this pre-amp extensively yet, and I haven't had other stand-alone preamps in my studio to compare it with, but . . . compared to the pre-amps in my Mackie d8b (XDR pre's), it has a little more detail, definitely more harmonics. It does seem to give a track more "space" . . . Want some grind and character? Just turn up the gain, and you've got it! Place a condenser in front of a guitar cab, and you can get amp-like distortion from the hot mic signal, even! However, it does not have a ton of headroom when driving my AKG C414 on vocals. It's enough to get enough signal, though, with the gain turned way down to keep the signal clean. Phase reverse switch and instrument DI are both a plus. I might add a cleaner pre-amp later, but this one definitely provides a different sonic character to give your tracks more sizzle.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great preamp for home recording

By kai-LdZgG

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

I use the Solo 610 for recording acoustic instruments and backing vocals at home. The quality of the sound I've been able to capture with the Solo 610 is excellent, on par with the tracks I've recorded in the studio. The boost from this pre is so substantial that I don't have to turn it up past about 5 to get a great depth of sound, which allows me to pretty much wipe out the noise floor. This is a excellent product that allows you to optimize your studio tracking for the instruments that really need that setting (like drums), and do the single-track, quiter instruments at home. Solidly constructed box.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ooh la la this is great for anything

By kris snake klein

from philadelphia pa

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

great for bass and guitar D.I. and keys. one of the best bass tones on its own and the thru jack can be used for blending direct with an amp. makes all my mics sound great and i have a lot of mics. very easy to set level with led meter.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it

By stratman222-9lorB

from DC area

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

I love the DI feature, makes a great bass guitar recording box, and sounds real warm and sweet. For mics I love it on voice, acoustic guitar, and electric guitar. fab all around. I like the impedence switch for mellowing out an SM57 on a cranked vintage amp..tames some of that "crackle" you get at high impedence. I put an NOS 5751 in the input (you can experiment). like it so much I'm getting a second. wish it was slightly cheaper

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice

By BillkozB

from Arizona

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

This pre amp is a great value. I tried some other one like the grace and focusrite, but this one came out ahead. Sound great with a bass guitar as well as vocals.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By J

from Hollywood

Comments about Universal Audio UA-S610 SOLO/610 Classic Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamp and DI Box:

I'd been researching preamps for months before picking up the Solo-610. I wanted something with a vintage vibe to it that would allow me to step up my recordings and this preamp has delivered in a BIG way! Its amazing to me how versatile it is and just how many options are at hand with only a few knobs and switches. If you're on a budget and are in need of a good preamp there is nothing better in the price range. The 610 gets an incredibly warm tone that adds color to any lifeless digital recording platform and can even make a cheap mic sound good. I can't wait to see how it handles a good Neumann or AKG. The purchase of this pre will immediately thrust you into the world of pro sound recording. I would recommend this product to any studio, project or professional. Do yourself and your music a favor and buy it!

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