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What's your favourite UA product?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by audiokid, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    As the OP ask's:
    what is your favourite UA product to date?

    I've never used UA pre-amps, but always wonder how they measure up with other UA stuff?

    If I was to choose my top UA pick, I suppose I would still pick an LA2A because its my essential for tracking vocals.

    I tell my kids: If I should ever stop recording and you have to go elsewhere, bring your mic and an LA2A with you.

    What is your favourite UA product to date? How do you like the pre-amps? Is the Universal Audio 2-610 like the original console?
    Or http://www.uaudio.com/hardware/channel-strips/6176.html
  2. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    Fairchild, once I realized a little goes a long way. I am in the middle of moving all the gear into the studio (room painted!). It'll be interesting to hear how some of my outboard comps sounds soon against it.
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  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    UA though, not UAD . weez not talking emulation. ;)
  4. Reverend Lucas

    Reverend Lucas Active Member

    I'll break the no UAD rule, but UA is running a promo now where the purchase of a 4-710D gets a free Satellite Quad with a plug in bundle. I'm tempted as a buddy has a 4-710D, and I like it.
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  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Silverface 1176ln killer for bass and I love it for vocals that need some saturated edge. Kinda overpriced tho.
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  6. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    That's not the easiest question to answer as it really depended on the song and the use of the gear. If forced to choose one, probably the LA2. It has the ability to add texture, call it "glue" - even at unity gain.

    Although there are cool things that can happen with dual stages of GR - for example, an 1176 and an LA2 together...

    I only ever had the opportunity to use a real 670 once, (it was rented by the producer from Dream Hire) and I was an assistant on the project so I really couldn't dictate its use - and it was very early on in my career as an engineer so I was still learning.
  7. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    Picky picky ;). Don't have one then, since I literally don't have one...
  8. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    I have an LA 610 Signature Edition.. Really great Preamp/Comp combo.
  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Lucas , I bought a 4-710 nearly a year ago. It's not a 'wow' unit as far as preamp goes, but it's versatile and the 8 converters are superb.

    As for which unit would I choose, out of the two I have, I prefer my LA-610.
    Also, I'm hoping to get the money for two la2a someday ! ;)
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  10. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    i have only owned / used the original UREI versions of "UA products" so i can't say much aboot the newer stuff. it's hard to decide which of the originals i liked better. they all have different applications. it was cool when the top tech in the Bay Area told me "It's nice to see someone who has good taste in outboard".

    at one point i had a LA2A, a pair of LA3's, a pair of black and a pair of silver LA4's, an 1178 and a UREI LA-22.
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  11. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    We would all be very surprised if you did. They are very rare, and very expensive. With the exception of having worked with it that one time, I haven't been in close proximity to a 670 since, and even then, no one in the studio actually owned the Fairchild that was being used for that session... it was rented through a studio equipment rental service - and I'm sure it wasn't cheap, even back then.
  12. Makzimia

    Makzimia Active Member

    I actually meant UA hardware Donny, but yes, a real Fairchild.. I wish!. Anyway, I had a look at the 4-710D, that is a hell of a bargain. I will limp along with my RC-500 etc for now. UA plugins are good guys, compared to a lot of the stuff out there, and shilling aside, the guys that use them are not amateurs.
  13. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    As long as you realise they are far from the real thing, they can be great Tools ;)

    The UA 4-710 is a great unit, but not the best preamps, they are versatile, yes but not wow ! I say that because they don't have a strong signature on the sound like other preamps. It can be a good thing tho. What I dislike about them is that they don't have alot of power as my isa preamps have. I'd be very carefull using them with a ribbon. I use the 4 internal preamps and plug 4 External ones to the input/converters (ISA preamps), the conversion is very good and the clock too.

    I would have like to have 8 LA 610 or LA 6176, but money Wise, it's not gonna happen soon ...
  14. Reverend Lucas

    Reverend Lucas Active Member

    Thanks for the advice, Marco. It looks like my money is being pulled another direction for the time being.

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