This is very exciting for me because about two or three years ago I came up with the idea to take a 1073 and an 1176 and put them together!
There’s loads of 1073s and 1176s and all this kind of stuff, people use them all the time, but I wanted to put it in one box. And most importantly as I wanted to make it affordable because 1176s are $1,500+. There are some cheaper ones that are made under $1,000 and then 1073s, good quality ones, run for about $3,000! There are a lot cheaper one’s, but there wasn’t really anything that did both of these things, which I absolutely love. (I use 1073s on everything!) And most of use use 1176s on pretty much everything as well! So I thought “well why can’t we just put those all in one box and make them one rack unit?”
A very good friend of mine Michael Stucker, a professor at Indiana University, basically builds equipment, he restores equipment- he’s just really smart… he’s a professor!
Next I went to my friend Mark Loughman over at BAE! BAE are products I have been using since their inception 17-18 years ago. I became friends with Mark because I already liked what he made! It wasn’t a case of a friend making a product; it was a product I loved and I sought him out! Long story short BAE make incredible mic pre’s, incredible compressors and everybody loves them. They’re some of the highest quality one’s out there! Compressors are easy to use and you’ll quickly learn how to use a compressor.
It was a challenge. How do we preserve that high quality sound and make sure that there’s input and output transformers inside of this thing? AND it really genuinely keeps the best aspects of a 1073 and an 1176?
I know what you’re thinking… Warren! Get to the point! Let’s hear this thing! Okay, we have one of the first production models and I’m going to record a song using one mic!
You can check out the 1173 here and purchase it from Vintage King!
The UK Sound 1173 is the result of a design collaboration between Los Angeles-based producer Warren Huart and gear designer Michael Stucker, produced and manufactured by UK Sound. The UK Sound 1173 brings the best of both worlds into a single unit, offering a Neve style 1073 preamp and Universal Audio 1176 FET compressor.
The 1073 has been a go-to preamp to many engineers for decades because of it’s ability to add clarity and punch to any source you run through it. An ideal choice for drums, percussion, bass, electric guitar, acoustic instruments and vocals.
The preamp allows you to choose between three different input types, DI, Line or Mic. Adjust the gain with the 12 step attenuator in 5 dB intervals for easy recallability. The front panel includes a dedicated DI input, phase flip switch and the ability to engage phantom.
Choose between High and Low impedance depending on the style of mic you choose or to simply change how the microphone responds to the preamp. Engage the high pass filter to clear out any rumble or mud from the bottom end of the signal, then use the preamp output control to send the perfect level to your A/D converter or tape machine.
The compressor channel works similarly to a classic 1176, with the ability to adjust attack and release. Choose between four selectable ratio controls and adjust the output to the A/D converter or tape machine. It features the recognizable FET compressor controls for input and output gain and the time-honored compression ratio options of 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, and 20:1. The “preamp out” works as the input to the compressor rather than having a dedicated INPUT knob.
The 1173 has a side chain filter in the compressor section allowing lower frequencies to pass through without engaging the compression. Engage the true bypass switch to compare the signal pre and post-compression. The “!” switch engages the “all buttons in” setting commonly found on a classic 1176 too adds layers of excitement and depth to the signal.
As with BAE Audio, all UK Sound products are built in California with carefully chosen components. BAE Audio’s longstanding tradition of building vintage circuits makes Loughman and his team uniquely qualified to bring UK Sound to life as a company that applies that expertise in new and unique ways.
Will there be a plugin version?
What a fantastic idea @disqus_CxtBTzFIY3:disqus!!
So you say you can’t sing!? This is amazing and what a great product. Congratulations Warren!
Thanks ever so much @plap-disqus-17d63b1625c816c22647a73e1482372b:disqus! I really appreciate it!
killer review ! Drummer is top notch he was even chewing his gum in time!!! 🙂
what type of monitors do you use Warren?
Haha yes indeed @disqus_NBEGDxnpXG:disqus!! Matt Starr is amazing!!
OMG. This is what you’ve been working on. Gotta save some pennies, looks fantastic! Way to go Warren, and Michael.
Thanks ever so much @plap-disqus-2e65f2f2fdaf6c699b223c61b1b5ab89:disqus!! You Rock my friend!!
Hey, David! Are you planning on going to Nashville in June?
That sounds great Warren! Vocals weren’t bad either 🙂 Picked up a Lewitt 440 Pure, really enjoying that mic, sounded great with the 1173!
Wonderful @plap-disqus-1aab7baa714e14868fe9eac65fcbd315:disqus! Yes, all of the vocals and drums were done with the Lewitt 440 Pure!
Great video and the equipment is spot on.
Well done Warren.
What is your opinion of the dbx 286s?
At $200 you really can’t compare the two, but for someone on a budget is it a way to go?
Hi @disqus_RRxDO8t8wl:disqus!! Wonderful stuff! Yes the dbx286s are great affordable pieces!
Love this! I think you got it right on with this product, it sounds amaznig, and can I just say it was a real pleasure to watch you at work in your element! If I wasn’t several thousand miles away I’d love to do some tracking at Spitfire! Maybe someday!
Thanks ever so much @billy_mccormack:disqus!! I really appreciate it! We’d love to have make some music over here!
I’d love to! And just to clarify, by thousands of miles I meant that I live on the east coast of Canada in beautiful Prince Edward Island,only 3559 miles but still it’s pretty far 🙂
Very nice @billy_mccormack:disqus!!
I’m impressed that you did this! It’s really awesome saucy..! Thank you for realizing how untouchable some equipment can be for most home studio guys n girls.. I’m in dude!!
Thanks ever so much @rayferry:disqus!!
Awesomesauce!! A perfect outboard piece before going in-the-box.
Thanks very much @plap-disqus-9efb1a59d7b58e69996cf0e32cb71098:disqus!!
Warren, thank you for this great video. It is very inspiring. The device is awesome!!!
Thanks ever so much @dima_kazantsev:disqus!! So glad you enjoyed it!
Very intriguing piece of gear! There’s a chance it will be distributed in Italy also?
So very awesome. I was going to ask you about this at NAMM. So is it displayed at the Vintage King booth? Or at BAE? I guess I look both places. I’m excited for you.
Just curious as to the components that are in the 1173 – input and output transformers and such??? Love the idea and from what I can tell over YouTube, it sounds great.
1. Another fantastic vocal performance by our talented and fearless leader. Bravo!
2. Thank you so much for the demo of this highly anticipated piece of gear. A 1073 and 1176 in one box is fantastic! Not only will I be getting one, but I’ll be recommending it to the guys in my band. Seriously, if you are only doing vocals, guitar, or bass, this is an amazing place to start if your looking to get into professional level gear. Drummers should buy four. (-;
3. For the future development suggestion box: 312/160, 1073/160, 312/1176. Why not?
Thanks so much, Warren! Hoping to see you and the gang in June.
Fantastic Warren, I’m gonna check this out at SX Pro up the road when they arrive 🙂