Universal Audio 4-710D by agent19
The Universal Audio 4-710D has 4 channels of UA's “Twin-Finity” preamps and "1176-Style" Compression with Built-In A/D Converters.
The unit has "1176-style" compression on each channel which is limited to "fast" and "slow" settings, w/ a ratio of 4:1 and a set threshold of 10 dBu.
When the compressor is engaged and set to fast, the attack time is 0.3 ms and the release time is 100 ms, when it's set to slow, the attack time is 2.0 ms and the release time is 1100 ms. The compressors do have a very classic UA feel and sound to them. Though I find the compressors useful in tracking some instruments, I don't use them tracking vocal often as they don't have the flexibility I need. Fortunately the unit has send and return jacks on the 4 pres' which I use for external compressors when tracking vocals.
On he 4 preamp channels you you can choose between a 100% tube and 100% solid-state signal path, or you can blend to taste.
The preamps sound great and are a go-to for me when tracking Drums (esp. Over heads) and I really like them on vocals as well.
If you do allot of recording of guitars w/ virtual amps using the the pre w/ the tube setting can really help to add some warmth to the guitar signal before the processing.
The eight analog inputs are digitized via ultra high-quality 24-bit A/D converters at selectable sample rates up to 192 kHz.
Digital output is available via dual ADAT “lightpipe” or AES/EBU DB-25 connectors.
It also has four additional line inputs which makes this unit a great 8 channel converter as well.
I've been Clocking from the 4-710D for tracking and it makes a great master, providing and overall sound quality improvement.
I have owned this Unit for over a year and it's been a great addition to my project studio. I've taken it out for some remote recording as well.
For the price point and the size of the unit, I cannot recommend it enough. It will help to inject some "tube warmth" , add flexibility and improve clocking for home or project studios that currently have a basic front end.