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Thread: UAD 1176 Rev E vs a vintage Urei 1176 Rev F and Warm WA76 Shootout

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    UAD 1176 Rev E vs a vintage Urei 1176 Rev F and Warm WA76 Shootout

    Hey all,

    Here's a shootout we made of the UAD 1176 Rev E vs a vintage Urei 1176 Rev F and the Warm Audio WA76 as an extra comparison on Drums.
    Includes original Drums, Boxtone (passed through with no compression), 4:1 at 2 settings, 8:1 at 2 settings and 20:1 at 3 settings.
    See what you think and how close the UAD and Warm get to the original 1176.
    Link to UAD 1176 Rev E vs Urei 1176 Rev F vs Warm Audio WA76

    If anyone wants any extra instrument shootouts for the UAD1176's just ask and I'll make it up for your listening pleasure.

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    Wow. Great insight. Thanks for sharing. To me the uad is sooooo close to the UREI, but the UREI has some real nice grit that the plugin is lacking. The Warm has an openness to it, but no grit and it's the thinnest and brightest of them all!

    My preference in this example is the UREI, then real close behind the UAD and well in third the Warm!
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    ah so this is comparing a rev d clone and a rev e and rev F ? can't say I have ever thought of my warms as clean and thin

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    Didn't you mention that your wa76 was clean and lacking some "balls" when you originally got it? I could be mistaken!
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    I had a WA76. It had the familiar grab of the 1176, but didn't have the grind. Good bang for the buck compressor, though. Like a 160X (that's 560A for you lunchboxers).

    Haven't heard the comparison, but I suspect I'd side with Dan based on my experience with each.
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    The WA76 could be fantastic in certain instances or even preferable to the dirtier UREI if you wanted to tighten up the low end and add presence to a source, but I'm addicted to grind and grit
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanButsu View Post
    Didn't you mention that your wa76 was clean and lacking some "balls" when you originally got it? I could be mistaken!

    No I don't think so. I know with the wa2a Bryce recommends that people push them hard so I may be the same with the wa76 to get grit. I am starting to feel that the Warm Audio gear has a certain euphonic cleaner sound as a sort of default, which I am liking. IF those other two compressors are older that could be part of theri extra grit too: all good !
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    Man, the UAD and the Urei are ridiculously close, although I'd say I favor the Urei by a slight margin — the low end feels more controlled, the kick and snare have a little more punch, and overall, everything feels a little more lively and 3-dimensional. But it really is uncanny how close they are, and seeing as how I got the 1176 MKII collection for $25, I'm pretty content to keep using the UAD.

    The WA76 was really cool, too, although the compression behavior was markedly different, especially at more drastic settings. Not necessarily a bad thing, though!

    Really cool shootout, thanks for taking the time to do this!
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    I've always thought the UAD 1176 MKII was very close to sounding like the hardware. After I demoed it, my Distressor went right to eBay.
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