How to Use an 1176 Compressor

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UA 1176 Compressor Settings Tutorial

The venerable and very useful 1176 compressor from Universal Audio has few controls but they are powerful and sometimes confusing.

In this video Fab explains all relevant settings and shows example on how to make the best of them in a musical way.

The examples (vocal, bass guitar, snare, bass drum) discuss compression and limiting setups as well as ways to use the 1176 as a color box without compressing.

This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about the attack, release and ratio settings.

At the end of the video Fab also compares a hardware unit with a few of its software counterparts to surprising results.

If you own an 1176 or if a plugin version of it came with your DAW this video will help you refine your skill-set to make sure you are using the 1176 compressor to its full potential.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont is an award-winning NYC based record producer, mixing/mastering engineer and co-founder of

Fab has been playing, writing, producing and mixing music both live and in studios all over the world. He's worked in cities like Paris, Boston, Brussels, Stockholm, London and New York just to name a few.

He has his own studio called FLUX Studios in the East Village of New York City.

Fab has received many accolades around the world, including wins at the Victoires de la Musique, South African Music awards, Pan African Music Awards, US independent music awards. He also has received Latin Grammy nominations and has worked on many Latin Grammy and Grammy-nominated albums.


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Mr Rambolini
2022 Oct 08
I consider myself better educated for having watched that video. Super useful and excellently presented.
Jay R
2022 Apr 18
Grate Lesson thank you for sharing
2021 Apr 16
Great lesson Fab! Top teacher!!
LuvSum Music
2020 Nov 13
Thanks. This was really useful. I thought I understood how the 1176 worked, but this gave me even more insight!
2020 Jul 30
Fab was in rare form for this video lmao. What a great tool to have though... I've got some practicing to do...
2020 Jul 23
Is there a way to inversely link the input and output gain on an 1176 plugin? That would be very helpful.
2019 Feb 19
I thought I had a handle on the 1176, but Fab never fails to deliver more insight. Thank you, Fab!
2018 Mar 25
Wow this is one of my favorite tutorials. Now I can master the cubase 1176 and also the native instruments 1176.
2018 Mar 18
Very impressive with the snare
2017 Feb 08
GREEAAT Video! I am so bored of this song and the vocal line tho, pops out in every video :)
2016 Dec 09
A fantastic tutorial for (finally) understanding the Voodoo of this machine! Thank you so much!
2016 Nov 23
The plugin comparison is not useful. Even comparing different hardware units will produce the same results because no two units sound the same. Check this out: Otherwise, good stuff as always.
2016 May 10
Thank you very much, I finally have a significantly deeper understanding of this multitool. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
2016 Apr 12
Well done - thanks for explaining everything in way that makes sense, and using audio examples that fit the lesson. I really got a lot out of this, thank you!
2016 Jan 02
Really appreciate the in depth explanation of the 76.
2016 Jan 01
2015 Jul 22
Not to start a ratings war, but does anyone have a comment on which 1176 plug-in is best? On first listening, the Waves plug-in sounds really good to me.
2015 Jan 03
Woww Fab thanks!!! great video.
2014 Nov 06
Hey Fab , best explanation ever on how to use a studio staple , not stapler.
2014 Aug 03
Yep... print'em. That's the only way. Or use plug-ins. :-)
2014 Aug 03
... I forgot to say thank you for this very very useful video!!!
2014 Aug 03
Newbie question! What to do if I have only one 1176 but I want to use it in different tracks! Adjusting and printing track by track! Or would this be nonsense?
2014 Jul 14
Hey Fab! I never really knew how to set the threshold in relation with ratio! When should I stop lowering the threshold, and when should I start raising the ratio? Can you give me a light?
2013 Oct 27
Wow. Top! Merci!
Christian Matthew Cullen
2013 Oct 11
Joseph Piccione
2013 Apr 06
Informative and entertaining, great stuff!
2013 Jan 14
This tutorial is excellent. With regards to various ATTACK and RELEASE settings, I got confused at first when you used the words "fast", "short" and "closed" interchangeably to refer to the same thing VERSUS "slow", "long" and "open". It made my head hurt, and I had to rewind a lot, but I think I got it now.
2013 Jan 09
Great tutorial!
2012 Nov 17
you da man!
2012 Oct 07
great video, keep up the good work!
2012 Sep 30
this guy knows his sh*t!!!
2012 Sep 18
Formidable !!! I've (only) all three plugins 1176 and the new UA 1176 collection: now I'll try to match your 10 - 2 basic configuration with my mixes.
2012 Sep 09
Thank you! Thank you! You are consistently the best teacher on the net for all things mixing and audio!!
2012 Aug 18
Thank you for yet another exceptional learning experience. Your videos are entertaining, informational and learnable, a true educational experience. Keep 'em comin'
2012 Aug 04
More than any particular application I get out of these videos the instruction on how to listen goes through all them is the best! Thanks.
2012 Aug 03
Great, as usual. Kudos!