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The definitive collection of the world’s most famous compressors.

The original Universal Audio 1176 was designed by UA founder M.T. “Bill” Putnam, and represented a major breakthrough in limiter technology. The first compressor featuring solid‑state circuitry and ultra-fast 20 microsecond FET gain reduction, the 1176 is an easy‑to‑use “desert island” compressor that has lent its character and punch to some of the greatest recordings in history.

Upon its release in 2001, UA’s first 1176 plug‑in single‑handedly launched our UAD platform. Extensive end‑to‑end circuit modeling in 2013 captured even more sonic nuance. Now with updated graphics and additional controls, the 1176 Classic Limiter Collection continues its legacy of analog modeling excellence.

Track and mix with painstaking emulations of the legendary 1176, the most popular compressor ever made

Choose from three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes

Harness the 1176’s entire electronic path including transformers and FET and transistor amplifiers for colorful distortion

Access “All-Button” or “No Ratio” modes for colorful overdriven textures

Expanded controls for Headroom, Mix, and custom Sidechain Filter for reduced LF pumping

Mix with presets from legendary 1176 users such as Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Ed Cherney, and Joe Chiccarelli


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Featuring the 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection.

A Triple Threat

A Triple Threat

The 1176 Classic Limiter Plug-In Collection provides three distinct 1176 revisions, representing over 40 years of design iterations to the original 1176. The Rev A “Bluestripe” represents the original Putnam FET limiter design, complete with its higher distortion and unique FET gain amplifier characteristics. The Rev E “Blackface” covers the early '70s Brad Plunkett “LN” (Low Noise) era, with variations including a more linear compression response, transistor gain amplification, and a change to the program dependence. The 1176AE provides UA’s rare 1176 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with exclusive mods — including its lower 2:1 compression ratio.

Classic Compression, Quickly

Classic Compression, Quickly

Using an 1176 is a study in simplicity. Input simultaneously sets compression threshold and the level of the signal entering the 1176; Output sets the final signal level. Attack sets the time it takes the 1176 to respond to incoming signal, while Release sets the time it takes the 1176 to return to its initial level. The VU meter displays the amount of gain reduction (GR) or output level (+4/+8).

Ratio Buttons for Iconic Color

Ratio Buttons for Iconic Color

The four Ratio buttons determine the degree of gain reduction — lower ratios for compression, higher ratios for limiting. Disengaging all Ratio buttons disables compression, while continuing to pass signal through the 1176 circuitry, adding unmistakable color. At the request of users, “Multi-Button” combinations possible with the hardware are now attainable in the plug-in — including the famous “All Button” sound.

Added Features for Modern Workflows

Added Features for Modern Workflows

Exclusive plug‑in only features lend modern workflows to this classic processor collection. Get quick parallel processing on bass and kick drums with Dry/Wet mix controls, or use the custom Sidechain Filter to tame low‑frequency pumping. Plus, enhanced graphics with improved VU metering bring iconic FET compression into a new age.

Key Features

Painstaking new emulations of legendary M.T. “Bill” Putnam-designed 1176, the most popular compressor ever made
Includes three famous versions: Rev A, Rev E, and AE — each with their own sonic attributes
Models entire electronic path, including transformers, FET and bipolar transistor amplifiers, for colorful input / output distortion
Accurately models ultra-fast hardware attack time: 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
New “No Ratio” or Attack “Off” provides popular amplifier-only mode, adding 1176 distortion without compression
All multi-button ratio combinations now available — including “All-Buttons”
Includes Artist Presets from Andy Johns, Andrew Scheps, Carl Glanville, David Isaac, Ed Cherney, Hugo Nicolson, Jacquire King, Joe Chiccarelli, and Vance Powell
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

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1176 Classic Limiter Collection

Evaluation Globale

(1207 avis)

J. Lardinois

17 janvier 2023

Can't mix without these.

Incredibly versatile plugins for compression, limiting, effects, everything. These 3 are on every single mix I make (mostly the Rev A and E, but AE occasionally). The default settings are a great starting point (except maybe not perfectly unity gain), but knowing how to dial it in pays off. These sound significantly better than any competing counterparts, and I own quite a few 1176 plugins from other companies.

P. Waters

16 janvier 2023


Rev A all day bbbbbbbbb, these 1176 blow others awayyyyy

g. weidner

14 janvier 2023

love these compressors

Having the choice between all of these great emulations is awesome. love the blue face on vocals, really good at adding some nice harmonic distortion. they sound great when pushed, like the originals. love the black one on bass gtr. and the purple-ish
/ black one seems to sound good on everything.

D. Gardell

14 janvier 2023

Just updated from the legacy

Loving em so far!
Wish you could switch between them in one plugin, that'd be pretty sweet.

P. Méndez Gómez

10 janvier 2023

Just upgraded, loving the variety in character and tone shaping

The legacy versions served me well for a while, so it's cool to have these higher quality versions with more depth and tone shaping abilities.

G. Grinko

9 janvier 2023

Classic is classic!

1176 is classic for every style and genre.Its great!

a. vanpourse

8 janvier 2023

The 1176 Collection is quite a unique collection

The 1176 Collection is quite a unique collection...I love the Gritty vibe it gives on bass guitar...I find myself using it before the LA2As...Glad I purchased it during the Holiday Promo season

G. Akın

6 janvier 2023

As close as it gets to the hardware.

I have wanted this collection for a very long time and finally I bought it during the New Years sale. I bought this mainly for Vocals and Drums but it sounds amazing on anything! 1176 Rev A is a really smooth and vintage sounding compressor, matched with an LA-2A on vocals (depends on the vocalist of course) there is probably nothing that can come close to it. AE version is mostly my favorite on drums, it packs the smooth top end of the Rev A but has the punch of the Rev E. Rev E sounds very modern and hi-fi to me. If you want a snare to have punch and cutting top end slap the Rev E and watch it do it's thing! It also does something to the acoustic piano as well, I really dig it. To sum up this is the best compressor collection I've ever had and I've used like a hundred different ones (both hardware and software). Buy yourself this gift and thank me later.

M. De Siena

6 janvier 2023


They are historical because they are excellent. Take the time to understand them and don't improvise

J. Daranowski

5 janvier 2023

Great comp

Best for guitars and everything else!

A. Yaskevich

5 janvier 2023

Everyone should have!

Good analog compressors. I'm fine with Legacy but Spark has these so I bought them!

S. Andres

28 décembre 2022

It’s a classic

And it just sounds amazing.

L. Spilger

24 décembre 2022

One of the best compressors

The 1176 is so easy to be dialed in to tame transients and the perfect buddy for my LA2A - dream duo on Most of my channels!

F. Loyo

20 décembre 2022

Amazing piece of "digital" equipment

The 1176 compressor lives on top of my effects chain. It is perfect to control those annoying (and potentially harmful) of the original untreated track. And it's soooooo easy to use!

D. Beatss

14 décembre 2022

Sounds very similar to the real one

The color that these plugins give to the audio files is amazing! The AE version has the best of both worlds.

J. Cuesta Sanchez

11 décembre 2022


Lo he comprado para utilizarlo en el sistema UAD Spark, y asi aprovechar los recursos de mi pc, de esta licencia y de las que tengo, pero quiero saber si tengo que estar conectado a internet cuando trabajo en mi DAW.

J. Schwabe

10 décembre 2022

Eleven-Seven-Six CLC ...

... supple, soft, smart, brilliant, large, simply unsurpassed ...

G. Sartbayev

10 décembre 2022

1176 Classic Limiter Collection

Классный компрессор. Звук после компрессия 1176 становится просто шикарным

U. Soto

9 décembre 2022



G. Sartbayev

9 décembre 2022

super compressor

very high quality compressor. I'm glad I bought this compressor.