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Warm Audio WA76 Discrete Compressor

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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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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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