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Universal Audio SOLO/610 Tube Mic Pre and DI Box  From UA

The All-Tube classic Putnam 610 Console Mic Preamp Sound in a Rugged “Go Anywhere” Design. 

Universal Audio

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LA-610 MkII Classic Tube Recording Channel

The LA-610 MkII combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design with authentic Teletronix T4 opto-compression circuitry. This classic channel strip design, with its warm preamp tone and smooth, natural-sounding compression, features true compressor bypass, a large easy-to-read meter, high output level, and an auto-switching power supply.

Manufacturer's Description from UA

The All-Tube 610 Console Mic Preamp Sound in a Rugged “Go Anywhere” Design

The SOLO/610 delivers the classic Putnam 610 tube console sound in a rugged, highly versatile mic preamp design. This unit provides the silky, vintage warmth of the original console’s mic amp design, and will flatter any microphone or instrument with its signature sound. Thanks to its convenient form factor, the SOLO/610 can be conveniently used in the control room or the recording room, on stage, or on a desktop. Functionally lean but sonically mean, the SOLO/610 maintains the character of the 610 console — at a price every serious project studio can afford.

The SOLO/610 offers Mic and DI inputs, and features Gain and Level control for a wide variety of clean to colored tones. Unlike its predecessors, the SOLO/610 has continuous Gain control with even greater range, allowing for more precise gain structuring — doubling as input signal padding. The SOLO/610 has all the essential features like 48v Phantom Power, Lo-Cut filtering, Phase Reverse and flexible dual impedance selection for both Mic and DI inputs. The SOLO/610 includes essential DI features like Thru use in conjunction with an amplifier, plus Ground Lift and a versatile Mic/Line level output switch.

Features

  • Classic Putnam 610 console mic preamplifier and DI
  • Legendary all-tube sound, at a project studio price
  • Gain, Level, and Impedance selection for maximum tonal variety
  • Portable design for studio, desktop or stage
  • Rugged construction-steel chassis
  • DI features include Thru and Mic/Line level output
  • Hand-built in USA; backed by 1-year limited warranty
Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA's modern units to perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago. 

Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

Specifications

 - Mic Input Impedance: Selectable 450 ohms (Lo-Z) or 1.6 kilohms (Hi-Z)

 - DI Input Impedance: Selectable 2.2 megohms (Lo-Z) or 50 kilohms (Hi-Z)

 - Output Load Impedance: 20 Hz to 20 kHz +/- 1 dB

 - Maximum Gain: 61 dB

 - Tube Complement: (1) 12AX7, (1) 12AT7

 - Maximum Mic Input Level: -12 dBu, 1.0% THD+N Ratio

 - Maximum Instrument Input Level: +4 dBu, 1.0% THD+N Ratio

 - Maximum Gain Mic Input: 55 dB (1.6K ohm input), 60 dB (450 ohm input)

 - Mic/Instrument In Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 0.1 dB

 - Maximum Gain Instrument Input: 37 dB

 - Dimensions: L: 14", W: 5 ¾", H: 5"

 - Weight: 9 lbs.

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UA SOLO/610 Owners Manual