The Universal Audio LA-610 MkII Microphone Preamp & LA-2A-Style Compressor/Limiter combines an all-tube, vintage mic preamp design heard on classic albums ranging from The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds to Van Halen I with authentic Teletronix T4 opto-compression circuitry. This classic channel strip design, with its warm preamp tone and smooth, natural-sounding compression, is updated with modern, user-requested features like true compressor bypass, larger metering, increased output and an auto-switching power supply. The LA-610 MkII also boasts much lower noise specs versus vintage models. Elegant and highly popular "Black on Black" cosmetics complete the package.
The LA-610 MkII is based on the legendary console modules developed by Bill Putnam in the 60's. After the preamp section, the LA-610 MkII offers the T4 optical compressor. The simple operation and program-dependent nature of the LA-610 T4 compressor provides the same extremely musical control that has made the LA-2A such a well-loved classic for more than 40 years. The electro-optical detector or "T4 cell," is the heart and soul of the Teletronix LA-2A. Its unique combination of electro-luminescent panel and photo-resistors are the crucial circuit components, giving the compressor its signature sound.
...buying the quad gives the best price performance point now. Good luck and happy shopping and recording ! Kcat I have an la 610 mk ii and it sounds great so
...and EQs feeding an Xpressor for a stereo front end along with a Culture Vulture. I still have a UA LA-610 MKII for my actual mic and for tracking guitar. It turned out that my $7000 front end was basically superfluous on my nice synths and that I only really wanted to use them...
...this price range hands down. Just got myself an XLR to TRS cable so now I can hook up my LA-610 mkII outboard tube channel strip!
The LA-610 is a re-designed vintage pre-amp / opto-compressor combination. I especially love it on bass and guitars. It adds plenty of tube flavored butter.
vintage vibe that is wonderful on instruments
eq section is fairly drastic / not super useful
I recently added a LA610 MkII to my rack because I was lacking both a tube preamp, and an opto style compressor. I am very glad I have both, and happy to note that the strip has won in several shootouts vs my existing go to combinations. It is certainly not always the winner, but a great addition...
What I LOVE about it!:
PRE-Section - I set the Input to -10 with higher gain and its a cleaner sound still transparent, which to me is very very useful. Higher Input settings (starting at 0) brings the warmth monster out! Great on Vocals, Guitars, and Bass, Kick and Snare too!!! Wish I could...