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Warm Audio WA76 Discrete Compressor

Get that signature mega-fast attack. Warm Audio's modern take on the 1176 compressor, the WA76's discrete signal path features USA-made CineMag transformers. (1) Read 1 review for this product | Rate and review this product
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Crank Up The Energy On Your Tracks With This 1176 D Clone!

You can tell just by looking at the front panel that the Warm Audio WA76 Limiting Amplifier is a modern homage to the classic UA 1176 Revision D compressor. This solid-state compressor utilizes US-made CineMag input and output transformers, and gives your signal a clean discrete path with some serious control. With tight attack/release settings, 55 dB of gain, an input impedance of 600 ohms, a clear and easy-to-read meter that provides dB gain reduction and dB output levels, and a 23 dB pad switch on the back, your WA76 Discrete Compressor is ready to upgrade your studio with top-tier character at an affordable price.

Based On the Classic 1176 Revision D

In the late '60s, the 1176 was the first of its kind as a top-notch limiter, and much attention went into the design of your WA76 Discrete Compressor to make this affordable revamp like the original. Employing USA-made CineMag input and output transformers, your WA76 gives you a pristine discrete signal path with lightning-fast response. Whether you want to slam your sound to the max or add just a subtle taste of compression, this compressor has the touch you're looking for.

Oh yes, and the WA76 supports the infamous "all buttons in" mode -- just in case you're going for a little extra distortion on guitars, or that delayed response to transients that can yield a super-punchy drum track.

Simple, Easy-to-Use Panel Layout

Your WA76 compressor's front panel has a simple layout without any unnecessary flair -- just as you might hope from an 1176 clone. You have your input and output controls, and your attack and your release. Your attack time spans from 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds, and your release time covers 50 milliseconds to 1 second. This gives you a serious amount of control over how your compression kicks in, allowing you to get nice lightning-fast compression when you want it.

A Compressor for Any Source

Perhaps the best thing about your WA76 Discrete Compressor is its universal applicability. Kick, snare, toms, vocals, guitar, bass -- you name it, your WA76 has got you covered. Of course, this baby has a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, so there's nothing too elusive for this pristine machine to capture. Since this compressor is such a steal, you might just want two of them for stereo compression for your keys, drum overheads, or room microphones.

With the WA76, Warm Audio puts an 1176 clone in your rack at an affordable price.

Features:

- Based on UA's classic 1176 compressor
- Input impedance of 600 ohms
- One XLR and TRS input; one XLR and TRS output
- 55 dB of gain
- Internal power supply, external 24v AC power transformer
- Attack time of 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
- Release time of 50 milliseconds to 1 second
- Frequency response at +/-1 dB of 20 Hz to 20 kHz
- 23 dB pad switch on the back

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- Input impedance - 600 ohms, bridges-T control (floating)
- Frequency Response +/- 1 dB 20 Hz to 20kHz
- XLR and TRS inputs. XLR and TRS outputs
- 55db of gain
- Less than 0.4% total harmonic distortion from 50 Hz to 20 kHz with limiting
- Signal to noise ratio is greater than 74 dB at +25 dBm
- EIN -104.1 dbm
- Attack time, 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
- Release time, 50 milliseconds to 1 second
- Meter provides dB gain reduction and dB output
- Internal power supply, external 24v AC power transformer
- 19" Rackmount chassis, 2U
- 1-year warranty
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 9 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 25 x 10 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): wa76

Product Description

The Warm Audio WA76 Limiting Amplifier is a modern reproduction of the Classic 1176 Revision D. Every effort was made to remain faithful to the original designs including the use of Reichenbach Engineering's (now CineMag) transformer designs that were used in the original. The classic 1176 was a major breakthrough in limiter technology -- the first true peak limiter with all transistor circuitry offering superior performance with a signature sound - and set the standard for all limiters to follow. The ultra-fast attack time and trademark sound have lured legendary artists and studio moguls alike to the 1176 - Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell, and Mike Elizondo are just a few names on a list that's continued to grow, for nearly 50 years.

Features:

- True to the Classic 1176 compressor in design and performance
- Completely discrete signal path
- Modeled after the D revision
- Utilizes USA made CINEMAG input and output transformers
- Supports the famous "all buttons in" ratio setting
- Ultra fast attack time
- Class A line level output amplifier
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Sounds Warm!"
Overall: This review is based on my comparison between the WA76 with the waves CLA-76 and the NI VC76 -- i did NOT compare this to an actual 1176. What I CAN say is that this thing sounds smooth and dark. Compared to all of the plugins, the WA76 is less grabby and really "glues" your signal together better than the plugs. It also has a much darker color. I used it on vocals recorded through a Telefunken CU29 and a Summit 2BA-221 and I found the it induced a low-mid harmonic which colored the tone much differently than the plugins. This guy is versatile, and works quite well on any source. I also notably liked it on Snare, as it added a dark and thick punch, wit hour getting too grabby. I can imagine this thing sounding really good on bass, also, but I haven't tried that out yet. It's also very easy to use -- just dial it in quick and you're good to go! It being an analog unit, there is a standard about of noise. I'm 100% happy with this purchase and I want to buy a second!
Style of Music: I mainly play synth-pop and I produce/perform rap music. Aside from that, I play all of the genres, except for country.
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