“Bill and James Putnam brought smiles to a lot of studio engineers in 1999, when they announced the relaunch of Universal Audio, which had shut down 30 years prior. The first two projects the new company undertook were the production of virtually exact replicas of the seminal Teletronix LA-2A and UREI 1176 LN, two of the most highly sought-after vintage compressors of all time. With the introduction of their Model 2-610 Microphone Preamplifier ($2,295 list), Universal Audio has ventured into new territory. The 2-610 is the new company's first original analog design.” (taken from

About The Model

The Universal Audio 2-610 is a two-channel tube microphone preamplifier that is based off of the Universal Audio 610 modular console. (Fun Fact, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles had one, even though they weren't available on the market :// It was designed by Bill Putnam Sr. It Has Mic Line, Balance Line and Hi-Z inputs, Multiple Impedance Settings, and Classic EQ. It runs quietly and contains the classic sound of the 610 console. It has a switchable frequency shelving filter. the High shelving filter contains 4.5k, 7k, and 10k with the range of -9 to +9 dB gain, and the low frequencies were 70, 100, and 200. There is a switchable -15dB pad on it also. It also contains +48c Phantom power.

About the Company

Universal audio was founded by Bill Putnam Sr. in the 1950's.Along with Universal Audio, he also started Studio Electronis, and UREI. It deeloped many innovations like the modern mixing console layout, and per channel eq and sends. In 1957, the company was named UREI after Putnam moved to hollywood. The 610 was particularly well noted for its preamplifier, and has left its mark on countless classic recordings from Frank Sinatra to Van Halen, to the seminal Brian Wilson recording, Pet Sounds.The 2-610 has been updated for 2007 with enhanced features and build quality, and a new cosmetic treatment. At user’s requests, the 2-610 has the extended top end shared by its cousins, plus a -15 dB pad. In addition, the 2-610 has improved stability in the feedback design of the shelf filters as well as an improved power supply.

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