Vintage Digital


Classic Recording Studio Equipment

UREI (or United Recording Electronics Industries) was a prominent American manufacturer of professional audio equipment that was founded in 1954 by M. David Gittleson and Theodore L. “Ted” Fletcher. The company was known for its high-quality analog equipment, including mixers, equalizers, compressors, and other signal processing devices.

In the 1960s and 1970s, UREI developed several innovative and influential products, including the UREI 1176 Peak Limiter and the UREI LA-3A Leveling Amplifier. These devices became ubiquitous in recording studios around the world and were used on countless hit records.

There are not a lot of limiters designed in the 1960s that are still in production today, but the legendary Urei 1176 is one such beast. While the name Urei has long since vanished from the pro audio world, this limiter can still be purchased brand new from Universal Audio.
The Urei 565 Filter Set introduces to the recording studio and motion picture sound department an effective tool for ‘saving’ problem tracks, and for creating innovative special effects.
Urei introduced the Urei LA-5 Audio Leveler with the specific needs of sound reinforcement professionals in mind.
The Urei LA-4 Compressor/Limiter can reduce the dynamic range of an audio signal, making it more consistent and balanced. The Urei LA-4 Compressor/Limiter can also limit the maximum level of the signal, preventing distortion and clipping.
The Urei 1178 compressor was introduced in 1979 by Universal Audio. It became a popular choice in recording studios during the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, and it remains a sought-after vintage piece of audio equipment today.