• WA-76 Discrete FET Compressor
  • WA-76 Discrete FET Compressor
  • WA-76 Discrete FET Compressor
WA-76 Discrete FET Compressor

Product Information

The WA76 Discrete Compressor is a modern reproduction of the Classic '76 Revision D. The WA76 has a fully discrete signal path and uses the original Reichenbach Engineering's (now CineMag) transformer design. The classic '76 was a major breakthrough in limiter technology, and used on hundreds of hit records since its inception. Engineers have craved the ultra-fast attack time and trademark sound of the '76 for decades, and now it is finally affordable!

The WA76 can reproduce the classic effect known as 'All Buttons In' mode, sometimes also referred to as 'British Mode' or the 'Four Button Trick'. Originally an accident due to the mechanical nature of the interconnected latching switches, this mode is reproduced by pushing in all four ratio buttons simultaneously and getting them to latch. This can take a bit of practice. The resulting compression curve is aggressive and unmistakably unique, and can be heard on the drum tracks of many classic recordings. All-buttons-in compression is typically characterized by having a very aggressive compression ratio, attack and release curves that are more drastic plateaus opposed to gentler slopes, and more audible distortion or 'overdrive' on the signal. Initial transients are more likely to come through loudly, followed by heavy compression curve sometimes described as having a sucking effect as the compressor releases. Because this mode is considered a design accident, faithfully maintained; it is normal for the meter function to 'peg out' and cease providing accurate metering.

Product Features

  • 19? Rackmount chassis, 2U
  • 50db of gain.
  • Attack time, 20 microseconds to 800 microseconds
  • Class A line level output amplifier
  • Completely discrete signal path
  • EIN -104.1 dbm
  • Frequency Response 1 dB 20 Hz to 20kHz
  • Input impedance - 600 ohms, bridges-T control (floating)
  • Internal power supply, external 24v AC power transformer
  • Less than 0.4% total harmonic distortion from 50 Hz to 20 kHz with limiting
  • Meter provides dB gain reduction and dB output
  • Modeled after the D revision
  • Release time, 50 milliseconds to 1 second
  • Signal to noise ratio is greater than 74 dB at +25 dBm
  • Supports the famous "all buttons in" ratio setting
  • True to the Classic '76 compressor in design and performance
  • Ultra fast attack time
  • Utilizes premium grade input and output CineMag USA Transformers
  • XLR and TRS inputs. XLR and TRS outputs

Product Specifications

Warm Audio
All Ages
Number of Channels
Sidechain I/O
Ship Dimension
6 x 25 x 10 inches
Ship Weight