Klark Teknik 76-KT

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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
available since September 2018
Item number 448153
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Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes
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An 1176 you can afford!
Mastercraft Studios 14.12.2021
Introduction: as a classic compressor the UA 1176 has been on countless big albums, can the Klark Teknik 76-KT hang with it's inspiration?

Pros: I've had this in the rack for a good while now and it's in regular use on vocals to tame the peaks and keep things sounding nice on the way into the daw it gives you all the functionality you'd expect of an 1176
and does everything you'd expect this type of compressor to do and has served me well,
It's also built like a tank which is a definite plus at this price

Cons: While it gives you all the functionality of it's inspiration
it will introduce some hiss if driven hard enough but set properly with a bit of common sense and good mics and preamps it's negligible in practice

Should you get one?
well I've used this regularly as an insert compressor both while tracking and on mixes and and have had many happy clients,
it makes my workflow much faster with less need for post processing after tracking through it and sounds great on vocals and acoustic instruments
given that it's an affordable and accurate take on
a classic compressor it's really hard to fault,
perhaps it's a touch more transparent than it's inspiration but this is being overly picky and a good thing in my view as more saturation can always be added in post

Overall: it's worth it,
countless plugin emulations exist but tracking through this will save you time and get you to the sound you want faster, the original will always be the most desirable version but this is very very close at a price that wont break the bank :)
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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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Cheap, but not cheap sound
YYYYangtuotuoer 22.09.2021
Just got this lovely compressor, it's well made and doesn't have the problems of excessive noise etc that others have described. I've used it on my music and it's compression behaviour is very quick and the right amount of compression doesn't muffle the sound, although it doesn't bring out certain colourings I might like, in all botton mode the sound is crazy and a little bright. Especially on Bass you get that magical square wave magic.
Very good, I like it.
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Just right for the price
PeteKay3 17.04.2021
Good piece of hardware for the first 76-like comp. However, first one that arrived almost exploded (problems with power). Thomann swiftly repaired (replaced with a new one?) and that one is still working fine, but has somre problems with VU metering when all the switches are engaged. It sounds good! That is what counts. Can really squash your tracks. Too bad it's not stereo but hey. As I said - good compressor for the price, you can have some fun with room mics, snares, vocals.
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