Universal Audio LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip

Channel Strip Plugin

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  • Regular price $299.00 67% off
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The Analog Channel Strip of Your Dreams

Experience Universal Audio's 70+ year analog heritage with a supercharged plug-in version of their flagship tube channel strip, the 6176.

The new LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip plug-in gives you three iconic UA products in one: the 610 mic preamp, the 1176 Limiting Amplifier, and the LA-2A Leveling Amplifier.

Released in 2004, the hand-built 6176 has been the channel strip to stars including Coldplay, Adele, and Pharrell.

Now you can get an entirely new UAD channel strip that puts decades of classic and modern vocal, guitar, drum, and bass sounds at the flip of a switch.


  • Record and mix with three of the most historically-significant pieces of analog gear ever made, in one elegant channel strip
  • Get the smooth harmonics and rich overdrive of a vintage UA 610 tube preamp on vocals and instruments
  • Instantly get the famous punch of the 1176, or the smooth warmth of an LA-2A, at the flip of a switch
  • Record in realtime with Apollo interfaces, putting three legendary processors in a single Unison slot

Included Versions

  • UAD Native - Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware (AAX, AU, VST3)
  • Apollo Realtime & UAD-2 - Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware (AAX, AU, VST2, and VST3)

Plug in to the World's Most Famous Tube Preamp

Bill Putnam's 610 Modular Amplifier preamp was a milestone in audio history, introduced in the 1960's and used to record everyone from the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash to Coldplay and Adele.

The LA-6176 plug-in features the modern 610-B circuit, giving you even deeper EQ controls for adding rich tube sound that works on everything.

Get the Legendary Punch of an 1176LN Limiter

The 6176 hardware is the first channel strip to pair the iconic 610 tube preamp with classic 1176 Limiting Amplifier.

The 1176 is the compressor that defined decades of popular rock and pop music, from Led Zeppelin to Bob Marley to Beyonce.

Its FET-based circuit delivers ultra fast response to guitar, bass, and drum transients making your tracks pop through the speakers.

Add Smooth LA-2A Tube Compression

Borrowing from UA’s LA-610 MkII hardware channel strip, the LA-6176 plug-in packs iconic optical compression at the flip of a switch.

In LA-2A mode, you’ll get the same silky compression heard on classic vocal and instrument recordings for over 60 years.

Plus, you can easily toggle between the LA-2A and 1176 modes to find your perfect sound.

Unison-Enabled for Realtime Recording on Apollo Interfaces

With an Apollo interface and Unison technology, the LA-6176 Signature Channel Strip makes you forget you're recording through a plug-in.

You'll get all the unique impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and circuit behaviors of an original 610 tube preamp.

And when you add in two legendary compressors - it puts three of UA’s most famous analog circuits on a single Unison channel.

System Requirements

  • MacOS 10.15 Catalina and above
  • Windows 10 and above (64-bit only)
  • Intel, AMD, or Apple Silicon CPU
  • Free iLok account and iLok License Manager
  • iLok Cloud and iLok USB licensing methods are supported

Plugin Formats

  • UAD Native: AAX Native, AU, and VST3
  • Apollo & UAD-2: AAX Native, AU, VST2, and VST3
  • Crossgrade Proof

    This crossgrade is for owners of a competing DAW. To prove your DAW ownership, we require that you upload proof in the form of an image/PDF.

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    A copy of your purchase receipt for the original license or the most recent update/upgrade

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    A photo of your package (either CD/DVD or printed manual), with the unique serial number included in the photo.