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It’s 50 years since the release of the UREI 1176. John Pickford looks back at this classic compressor and how you can get its sound today…

Musical innovation within the pop-recording world was at an all-time high in the mid-1960s, both in terms of sound recording technology and the recordings that were produced.

1966 was a particularly rewarding year, with the release of groundbreaking albums such as the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and The Beatles’ Revolver along with the first recordings from The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream.

1966 was also the year that work began on the design of what is arguably the greatest solid-state compressor/limiter of all time, the UREI 1176. When United Recording Electronics Industries’ founder Bill Putnam designed the transistorised 1176, solid-state technology was in its infancy. Putnam had become interested in the sonic properties of FETs – Field Effect Transistors – and set about creating a design based around his 1108 preamplifier design.

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In this issue of MusicTech it's tips, tips and more tips… and a free calendar! Tips are always good and and this time, we’ve gone a little further: we’ve asked studios across the world, big and small, to offer their nuggets of wisdom. And they have, in their droves. So we have over 70 pro tips plus a calendar full of pictures of the best studios in the world! Elsewhere we have reviews of the plug-in that does your mixing, the new and rather incredible Keyscape from Spectrasonics and the latest modular synths – both reviews and tutorial. Add the usual software workshops, and over a 1GB of free samples and it's an end of year issue not to be missed!