Klark Teknik 76-KT

Transistors-Compressor / Limiter

  • With class A line level amplifiers and MIDAS transformers
  • Completely discrete signal path
  • Select Ratio via Push Button: 4: 1, 8: 1, 12: 1, 20: 1
  • Extremely fast attack from 20 to 800 microseconds
  • Adjustable release from 80 to 700 milliseconds
  • VU meter in vintage style
  • Transformer-balanced inputs and outputs with Neutrik XLR sockets
  • Built-in universal switching power supply 100-240 V / 50-60 Hz
  • Format: 19" / 2 HE
  • Case depth: 130 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg

Further Information

Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes

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A steady competitor for sure.
Alex Djuran, 03.07.2019
I bought this compressor to use with the Klark Teknik KT2A, as I need 2 outboard comps to track vocals in series. I've had both units for a short bit of time, but for what it's worth, I think they're truly fantastic!

Pros: Right of the bat, SOLID and very sturdy construction. The knobs all feel pretty damn good, the VU meter is great and the whole thing just feels like it could survive quite a beating.

I've had the opportunity to try a UA1176 before, and while the Klark Teknik doesn't yield identical results, it delivers way more than you'd expect from a 200€ 1176 clone. I would love to see this thing compared to the Warm/Stam/Heritage units!

Compared to most 1176s I've tried, the KT76 does feel a BIT more clean than what you'd expect from a character compressor, but there are some subtle qualities it brings out from sound, especially if paired with a solid mic and preamp.

Cons: It is worth mentioning that while the unit performs very well, it can get a bit noisy. Cranked hard enough, there is a audible hiss coming trough and while 99% of the time, I won't be cranking the unit that hard, it's still there and can be bit of a pain.

Another thing I'd like to mention is that for those who don't know what a fixed threshold compressor is, this might be a bit of a pain to learn, since I couldn't really find anything in the manual to indicate that.

Overall, I'm very happy with my KT76, and would recommend it to absolutely anyone. It's great value for money and will give you fantastic results if you can't afford a UA.
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KT 76 a great starting point in the world of ouboard gear
Radney Stanchev, 01.02.2020
I wanted for a long time to buy a real hardware compressor for my home studio. So my choices for the budget version of 1176 were either WA76 or KT76. In the end, I chose KT for the price. So far I used it on vocals and a bass guitar. And with no doubt, it sounds better than a plugin. I compared it with the Waves 76 plugin. The difference is subtle but noticeable. I like the simplicity of operation, and in my opinion, this is a good quality build. I cannot tell how it compares to the original but many reviewers are saying it is cleaner and neutral sounding. For some this is a pro, for others, it is a con. You should make your own decision about it. There are plenty of videos online. For me, I can say that it suits my needs. If you want to learn how to use outboard gear in your studio, I'd say this compressor is a good starting point.
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Pretty decent 1176-ish compressor, and a good price too
Janice, 18.09.2019
This does pretty much everything you'd expect an 1176 type unit to do. Build quality is good, (at least externally, I've not needed to open it up). Controls feel nice and solid.

Within sensible operation parameters it's not noisy, although at more extreme settings you might have to tread a bit carefully. That's the same for a lot of this type of unit though. I've found it quick and easy to get decent results when using it with a preamp as part of an input chain, but as an insert on a mix channel or on a send for parallel compression I've found it helps to pay close attention to the level of the signal heading towards the unit's input.

Given the same fairly specific control set, this certainly delivers compression in the style of an 1176 but it perhaps isn't as "characterful" as some similar units so I find myself needing to push it a little bit to achieve some colouration as well as compression. Nevertheless it's a very useful piece of kit and I think it's a big step up from many 1176 style plugins. I've used it on a whole variety of sources and it's given me particularly good results on bass guitar and powerful vocalists, adding both body and bite.

There's little reason to disregard this if you're after this style of compressor. especially when you consider attractive price. I may well get some more!
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MartP, 18.03.2020
It's really easy to get good tones from the KT76. It sounds great and adds a bit of analog feel to your tracks. I use it on almost everything and the result I get is fantastic. It could be a bit noisy if you push the line amp really hard but this doesn't bother me at all.

It is definitely better than any 1176 plugin I have ever tried.
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