In late 2017, BAE Audio announced the formation of a sister company, UK Sound, with a focus on creating affordable, high quality gear. UK Sound's latest release follows suit with this ideal, as the 176 mono compressor offers up a design inspired by the classic UREI/Universal Audio 1176.

This isn't the first time that UK Sound has channeled the legendary FET-style compressor. The brand's first release, the 1173, brought together an 1176-style design with the much-loved Neve 1073 mic pre. While the 1173 comes in at a cost of $1,200, the new standalone version of the 176 only costs $749.00. This makes it perfect for anyone who already owns a 1073 mic pre and just wants more compression in their workflow.

To get the big, bold sounds of the 1176 compressor, the UK Sound 176 offers five distinct controls, including Input, Ratio, Attack, Release, and Output. The rack unit's Ratio control allows you to select compression ratios typical of an 1176, including 4:1, 8:1, 12:1 and 20:1. If you want that "all-buttons in" smashing effect that has been a favorite of engineers around the world, just engage the "!" switch and you're off to the races.

Watch our new demo video of the UK Sound 176 mono compressor below to get an idea of what this unit is capable of. You'll be able to hear the 176 on two different vocal examples, an acoustic guitar and a drum kit.

Jeff Leibovich

If you’re interested in learning more about the UK Sound 176 mono compressor or purchasing one for your studio, contact a Vintage King Audio Consultant via email or by phone at 866.644.0160.