The Hairball Audio 1176 Revision G is a clone of the original Universal Audio 1176 Revision G compressor/limiter. Hairball units are DIY builds, meaning you would buy the parts from Hairball Audio and build them yourself. With this build we opted to send it off to a professional electronics engineer to build the unit 100% right. Hairball Audio have since confirmed with us that the build is excellent and did not see any faults. We've only ever used this unit a handful of times and it is essentially brand new. We've loved having it in the Audio Animals studio but since building the new studios it doesn't quite fit into our workflow.
The Hairball Audio 1176 Rev G is in excellent condition, barely any marks on it. The only marks you will find are around the rack ears due to rack rash. These small marks are covered when you rack the unit in a 19 inch rack. The unit is in full working order with zero issues. The only other mark to note is a small mark on the input knob (pictured below). All in all the Hairball Audio Rev G compressor is in perfect condition and a steal at £650.
The UREI 1176 Peak Limiter is a classic audio compressor designed by Bill Putnam, first built in 1967, making use of FETs and using them as a variable resistor to control the gain reduction in the circuit. The 1176 is the compressor to have to make your vocal sit, guitars controlled, bass full and stunning on drums. Legendary sound of the 1176 for a fraction of the price. High end compression / limiting used for vocal, bass and instrument tracking across the world. The 1176 design was a major breakthrough in limiting technology. The first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry offering superior performance and a signature sound. Push button selection of compression ratios, 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1. Ultra fast attack time 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds. Adjustable release time 50 milliseconds to 1.1 seconds.
Revision G. This revision removes the input transformer in favor of an IC differential amplifier. The output is class A/B and it uses a B11148 output transformer. F and G are the cleanest revisions as they measure the lowest harmonic distortion resulting in a less colored sound, although preserving the 1176-style compression.
- Manufacturer - Hairball Audio
- Dynamic Type - Compressor / Limiter
- Valve / Solid State - Solid State
- Channel Count - Single Channel / Mono
- Chassis - 19" Rackmount
- Compression Type - FET
- Attack - 1 (slow) - 7 (fast)
- Release - 1 (slow) - 7 (fast)
- Ratio - 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, All In
- Threshold - No
- Digital I/O - No