Hello, here is my review of the La-610 MkII channel strip. I am not going to tell the features again, the product page does it quite well.
I use it in a home studio to record almost anything : Drums, vocals, basses, guitars, pianos.
I already knew the amazing sound of the 610 Mic pre, as I already had a 6176 before I bought the LA-610. The 610 is absolutely sweet and warm (SSL addicts should not stay here). I like to push it with the +10 gain.
The EQ section is simple yet usefull on any source.
Let's talk about the compressor, wich is built on the LA-2A tube leveler.
I use it on snare drums, vocals and clean electric guitars (like rickenbacker's).
The fact is that this comp has an really cool color, but you can't use it on anything. It is used at its best on sources with a Â«Â middlerangeÂ Â» color, like vocals, or even snares.
It doesn't work well on kicks (i use the brightness of the 1176 from the 6176) as it gives to much middlerange, and on any source that doesn't need a boost in middlerange.
This is why I give it 4 stars, and also for the fact that it doesnt have the Â«Â splitÂ Â» function of the 6176, wich means I can't use the comp alone.
Salut, voici mon test du channelstrip LA-610 MKII. Je ne vais pas m'attarder sur les caractÃ©ristiques, rÃ©fÃ©rez-vous Ã la page du produit.
Je m'en sers en home studio pour enregistrer tout type de sources : batterie, voix, guitares, basses et mÃªme un piano droit.
Je connaissais dÃ©jÃ le son du prÃ©ampli 610, puisque je possÃ©dais dÃ©jÃ le 6176 avant d'acheter le LA-610. Le son est trÃ¨s doux et chaud, il arrondit les angles (Fans du son SSL, passez votre chemin).
Il excelle lorsqu'on le pousse dans ses limites avec le gain Ã +10.
L'Ã©galiseur est aussi simple qu'utile sur n'importe quelle source.
Voyons le compresseur Ã lampes, construit Ã partir du classique LA-2A.
Je m'en sers sur la caisse claire, les guitares clean (rickenbacker pour les connaisseurs), et les voix.
Ce compresseur dÃ©livre une chouette couleur, trÃ¨s typÃ©e mÃ©dium chaud, qui ne le rend pas absolument polyvalent. Il est le plus efficace sur les sources chargÃ©es en mÃ©diums, comme les voix ou mÃªme la caisse claire.
Il faut l'Ã©viter sur la grosse caisse (je prÃ©fÃ¨re la brillance du 1176), et plus gÃ©nÃ©ralement sur toute source ou les mÃ©diums ne doivent pas Ãªtre mis en avant.
C'est pour Ã§a que je lui met 4 Ã©toiles, et aussi pour l'absence de la fonction Â«Â splitÂ Â» pourant disponible sur le 6176. j'aimerai bien utiliser le compresseur seul, ou en chaine avec un autre traitement.
This is my review of the LA-610 MkII after a couple weeks of daily use in a commercial recording studio.
I like the flexibility of the gain staging. Picking the input impedance, input gain and preamp level for my source isn't hard - the sweet spot is generally pretty apparent and a blast to dial in.
The LA2 style compression is easy to use - find a spot where it floats nicely on the source without dulling things, or sounding too grabby and you're good to go. The compression is fairly forgiving, so it's great in a situation where you need to "set it and forget it"
The EQ is very useful and musical, even though it's just shelving. +6dB @ 10k is very smooth on pop/r&b vocals, for example. Cutting with the 70hz band instantly removes most "mud" I have inevitably encountered with a darker pre like the 610.
True compressor bypass allows me to accurately compare compression in and compression out. Extremely useful.
Fantastic VU meter with LED light.
The fact that you can not use the preamp and compressor as separate units with independent I/O really bothers me - it was almost a deal breaker to be honest. Sure, i can bypass the LA2 section if i need to patch in faster compression after the strip, but I could be using the now unused LA2 with something else in the mean timel! Or what if I wanted to run a 1176 before the LA2 to grab fast peaks and smooth things out? am trying to look for a mod but am having no luck.
Input clipping isn't always super pleasant. For a long time, my go to mic pre has been a Vintech x73. I love pushing the input gain right to the edge of breaking up, on almost anything, because even when it starts clipping, it often is still very musical and pleasant. The clipping on the input gain of the 610 is, in some cases, less musical than some other preamps I have used.
very nice vintage sound but the only flaw in my opinion is not being able to bypass the preamp
I use the LA-610 MkII for recording and mixing.
During mixing, the EQ and compression give me a special quality of sound that I can't achieve with most plugins.
For recording , I find the pre amp/EQ/compression works fantastically for vocal recording especially. The high frequency band works well at adding a pleasant "air" to the vocal when this is what I require.
The compressor works very naturally when controlling the dynamics of the singer. I have not yet found an instance when the limiter option has worked well for me.
I ran a comparative test between the instrument input with my Great River ME-1NV, Millennia TD-1 and the LA-610 MkII when preparing to record a bass guitar session. The Great River was very much better in my opinion than both other options. However, the LA-610 MkII performs well when capturing a direct guitar signal when I use an amp simulator in the computer.
I had the LA-610 MkII go faulty mid-session recently whilst recording tabla. The power relay switch stated to flicker on and off. As it turns out there was a problem with the power supply and all the relays in the unit downstream from that flickered on/off.
I was a fair bit disappointed to discover that the LA-610 MkII is made using SMD electrical components and not point to point wiring as the original UA hardware devices had before. This makes getting a repair done very much more complicated.
Fortunately, the local agents in South Africa, Tuerk Music in with the help of Matt Allison have been extremely helpful in identifying the problem and helping me get the unit repaired.
The only issue is that when I bought and payed for the LA-610 MkII and UAD2 solo card combo special, there was a shipment shortage from the supplier to South Africa. My unit arrive more that three months after I paid for it (worth the wait, by the way!) So now, when it came to repair the unit, it appears that I am out of warranty when in fact I am not. I will have to pay for the new power supply myself! If the folks at UAD a reading this, please see if you can rectify this. Paul Martin at Tuerk Music is my main contact for this if you choose to follow up.
In summary, I love using the LA-610 MkII. It will remain with me as a key part of my work as long as I am able to keep working in the exciting world of music recording!
Creative Native Productions
Cape Town, South Africa
I'm so excited to use my new LA610 but the problem is the exact same problem as D. Langemann . It seems that the relay or power supply goes crazy. It flickers and also turns off the tubes. Its unusable.
I bought my unit through music123.com and did not have any response for warranty or at least any attention.
i'd like to know how much would it cost to fix this issue or at least now an aproximate ?
thanks a lot.
Hi its perfect I m very happy with it,but can you tell me please what is the best mic for this preamp?
Great Warm , Fat Tube sounding strip. Easy to get a great sound . Very great colouring of the sound. Another great tool outside the box
Nice Unit ! It's a bit touchy on the inputs, but overall it gives a nice vintage warm sound. Eq, although simple, gives a nice touch to the sound. Compression/limiting is smooth and natural sounding.
Great warm sounding channel strip, awesome DI for Bass as well.
Together with a Neumann TL-103 or an Audio Technica AT4033, it covers every recording situation I come across in my way of work, I rate it a 4 just because I miss a "link" with that I could have had 2 and done bus-comp and mastering with it too:-)