Yes! Pro quality, consumer price!
Your general opinion of this product.
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.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Yes. Internal components are high quality, Warm Audio saved some cost on the chassis, knobs, and power supply design but none of those affect the sound which is the only real important thing on this unit. Haven't had it long enough to know about dependability.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Very easy, didn't need the manual. Just select 'GR' to adjust the input level to the desired amount of gain reduction, then set your output level. Attack and release settings are unique per track, but the "Dr. Pepper" setting (Attack @ 10 O'clock;l Release @ 2 O'clock, Ratio @ 4 O'clock) works well on a lot of things.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The sound quality is the best feature.
How is the tone?
Pure smoothness. Allows me to use higher gain in the mic pre without worrying about clipping in the ADC, this results in cleaner sounding tracks for dynamic content with wide ranging volumes.
How has it stood up over time?
Too early to tell.