UREI 1178 Stereo FET Compressor


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This is the stereo version of what is, in my opinion, the best compressor ever made, the 1176. A lightning-fast FET compressor with ultimate pedigree and sonic excellence

Built in the familiar UREI style, the 1178 is a two-channel or stereo compressor but, as the channels share attack & release times as well as ratio, consider it a stereo unit. It has the usual 1176 input & output pots, threshold being a function of how much input you feed into it. Attack & Release go from super-fast to slow – very slow, in the case of release

You’ll find a setting that works just right for your drum sound by leaving it on fast release and varying the attack timing to give just the right amount of attack. Many users leave the 1776 & 1178 in 4:1 at all times, but there are different sounds to be had with other ratios – all-buttons-in gives classic over-the-top smashing compression but often it’s better to use 8:1 and more input gain

The 1178 is equally at home crushing drum mics as it is gently shaping backing vocals or stems. Like the 1176, it’s capable of lots of gain reduction without killing the vibe of a sound so it’s suitable for all kinds of singers. At 4:1, with attack at mid-position and fast release and plenty of input, it will sit a bass guitar in a track like no other compressor

In many ways an 1176 or 1178 is all the compressor you’ll ever need. They’re both super-fast, but can be super slow. Can do massive over-the top compression or massive, subtle compression. Tickle a sound or mangle it

This 1178 has been refurbished in our workshops and recapped with premium Panasonic electrolytic & bipolar caps. It will be supplied with new XLR pigtails made with Mogami cable & Neutrik XLRs. Photos show the 1178 for sale. Please email for more details

“I just got an 1178 and used it tonight, sounds so great. Very deep, sounds like a record. We used it on a mix buss, drum buss and lead vocals. Just great” – James Lugo, Gearslutz

FET-based compressor with huge dynamic range & super-fast attack time (measured in microseconds!). Electronically-balanced input & transformer-balanced output. Connections are via terminal strips. Will be supplied with new XLR pigtails The 1178 is switchable between 110 & 220 volts via switch on the back panel. Power input is via a standard IEC socket. UK, Euro or US power cable supplied on request  
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In excellent used condition with minimal rack rash & case marks. The meters are in lovely condition without the warped plastic surrounds that  1778s can suffer from. Knobs & switches are original & in excellent condition with just minor marks. The inside is clean & shows no signs of modifications or replacement parts. Has marks on the top panel from the feet of another unit that sat on top and the base cover is discoloured in places. I think cosmetically this is as good an 1178 as you'll find

Tested & working 100%. We'll recap the unit before sale, replacing the electrolytic caps in the audio path with Panasonic bipolar caps and the rest of the electrolytics with high-quality Panasonic electrolytics. UK, Euro or US power cable supplied on request. Photos show the compressor for sale