Warm Audio WA76 Discrete Compressor

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    Product Description

    The WA76 Discrete Compressor is based on the legendary 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 design that was originally used. Like all Warm Audio products, the WA76 provides incredible performance to compete with compressors costing much more!

    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.

    Warm Audio WA76 Discrete Compressor 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
    • Input impedance - 600 ohms, bridges-T control (floating)
    • Frequency Response +/- 1 dB 20 Hz to 20kHz
    • XLR and TRS inputs plus XLR and TRS outputs
    • 55db of gain
    • Less than 0.4 percent 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 inch Rackmount chassis, 2U
    • 1-year warranty

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    Charles Allen
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    Fantastic
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    This is a fantastic outboard compressor. I've never had the luxury of using a UA 1176. I do have UAD 1176 mkii plugins which are good, but this sounds much better to my ears. Also... being able to track by controlling the signal on the way really effects performance in a positive way. And there's a certain realness you feel with hardware. Things just get recorded fantastically. I tend to use a UAD LA2A plugin to level the vocals in my rough draft mixes. I pair this with a ToneBeast. I'm absolutely considering grabbing the new Warm LA2A. Mic is a sm7b. Everything gets sent to a BLA Sparrow Red II. This is hands down the best sound I've ever achieved... and it's achieved easily. Just make sure you're in a good recording environment.
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    Don (MrRiteNow) Mckethan
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    To absolutely love this piece
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    To be honest I didn't think that the WA76 would sound this good. Being as though I fell in love with the UA version. It really surprised me. I have to grab a couple more of these as well. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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    Burr
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    This seems to work and sound like the UA 1176 for less than half the cost. A true win-win.
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    Dave
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    Yes! Pro quality, consumer price!
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    A $2000 limiter/compressor at less than 1/3 the price. Sounds fantastic! Will now be involved in 80-90% of the tracking done in my studio. Paired with an ISA One this makes a killer professional quality input chain into my DAW. I had previously been in the camp that in today's world you don't need outboard compressors. But while recording someone with a wide volume range, I found that I had to lower the pre gain to stop ADC clipping and then bring the volume of the quiet parts up in the DAW. But that added too much noise to the quiet parts. With the WA76 in place, I can keep everything in those very dynamic tracks nicely in the low noise range.
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    jcm from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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    I love it!
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    This is the real deal. I had toyed with the idea of getting the kit for quite awhile and then the wa76 became available for even less than the kit. It's well worth the investment for not much more than a plugin pack of compressors
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