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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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    I love this compressor! I have never heard the original 1176 in person but can't imagine that it would sound too much better than this. Sounds way better than any of plugin compressors that I own. Brings a warmness to my vocal chain. Great buy!!
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    Just buy it, you can't go wrong at all. Worth Every Penny Spent.
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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.
    Don (MrRiteNow) Mckethan
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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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    This seems to work and sound like the UA 1176 for less than half the cost. A true win-win.
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