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Klark Teknik 1176-KT

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Designed as an homage to the classic 1176 compressor, every effort was made to keep the 1176-KT FET-Style Compressor true to the original D and E ver...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 07-06-2018

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A classic 1176 clone with FET-style compression and class-A line level amplifier.

Designed as an homage to the classic 1176 compressor, every effort was made to keep the 1176-KT FET-Style Compressor true to the original D and E versions of the iconic signal processor. At the same time, we modernized the completely discrete signal path using hand-selected components and custom-engineered MIDAS input and output transformers—for a pristine sonic performance.

MIDAS—The Legend In Sound Quality
Ever since its formation in the 1970s, MIDAS has had a history of innovation and leadership in the world of audio mixing consoles. Employed by the most famous touring acts and installations worldwide, legendary MIDAS consoles such as the XL4 and Heritage H3000 quickly one choice for industry players. 

MIDAS has earned an impeccable reputation for their uncompromising approach to audio and their award-winning Mic Preamps, which are considered by industry experts as excellent sounding designs.

KLARK TEKNIK is proud to incorporate MIDAS-designed input and output transformers for the ultimate in high-quality audio reproduction in both live and studio environments. 

Sublimely Easy to Operate
The compression ratio is selected by pushing any, or all, of the Ratio buttons located to the left of VU meter—use 4:1 ratio for moderate compression; 8:1 for severe compression; 12:1 for mild limiting; and 20:1 for hard limiting. Using the “All-Button” mode can be especially effective when applied to drums, bass, guitar, and room mics or to get an aggressive “in your face” vocal.

Attack & Release
1176-KT’s Attack knob adjusts the amount of time it takes the compressor to respond to audio that exceeds the threshold. The response time is slower at the fully counterclockwise position and faster when turned clockwise. The Release knob adjusts how long the compressor remains engaged after the incoming audio falls below the threshold. The response time is also slower at the fully counterclockwise position and faster when adjusted clockwise.

Vintage Style VU Meter
In keeping with the design of the original processor, the 1176-KT features an illuminated, vintage-style VU meter for visual confirmation of gain reduction (GR) and output levels. A meter reading of 0 corresponds to an output level of +4, +6 or +8 dBm, depending on which button is engaged.

Built For The Road
Featuring a rugged steel 2U rackmount enclosure, the 1176-KT is designed for the rigors of live concert touring. Premium Neutrik XLR connectors are used to ensure reliable audio connections, night after night.

Auto-Ranging Universal Switch-Mode Power Supply
1176-KT features a universal power supply, which is auto-voltage sensing for use on a worldwide basis.

  • Classic FET-style compressor modeled after iconic 1176LN, D and E Revisions
  • Completely discrete signal path
  • Class-A line-level output amplifier
  • Custom-built, MIDAS input and output transformers
  • Push button selection of compression ratios: 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1
  • Ultra-fast attack time: 20 to 800 microseconds
  • Adjustable release time: 80 to 700 milliseconds
  • Vintage-style meter features gain reduction and output

Get the sound of the classic 1176 compressor in your mix—order soon.


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One of the best versions I have used yet.

By Lead Engineer at Featherlight Studio

from Bend, Oregon

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  • Faithful recreation of hardware
  • Impeccable build quality
  • Internal universal power supply
  • Meter can be calibrated


  • Correct gain staging will be difficult for some

Best Uses

  • Home Studio
  • Limiting front end for recording
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Klark Teknik 1176-KT:

The KT1176 is based on the original 'Blackface" version and is one of the best alternatives to the Universal Audio 1176LN available at the moment..
While the KT1176 does not have the exact components of the Universal Audio or Warm Audio hardware units( Cine Transformer, ect ), it manages to faithfully recreate it with a signal component chain that, in some ways improves upon the original design. Side by side to either of them, it is extremely difficult to consistently pick out which is which.
If anything, the KT1176 retains a slight bit more of the original signal top end while maintaining the focus of the mids at all the ratio settings. This is huge in a mix context. Operation of the unit is identical to the other units including the "All buttons in" or British Mode as well as the reverse Attack and release knobs. This venerable studio standard may be a little strange to those new to an 1176 but easy to adjust to. The inclusion of a very sturdy toggle power switch and dome light is great and reminiscent of the Retro Instruments version. The inclusion of the internal universal power supply is wonderful at this price point and competes squarely with the Universal Audio on this minus the terminal strip and 'link' feature. No wall warts here like the Warm Audio Unit.
While the Universal Audio offers the terminal strip for additional connections, both the KT1176 and the Warm Audio include both locking XLR and balanced 1/4 connectors as well as a pad switch and a meter calibration knob, improving upon the original design.
The KT1176 is extremely well made and more than durable enough for extensive, rack mounted road work. The knobs and buttons have a very sturdy weighted feel to them compared to the Warm Audio version and very much like the original UA 1176LN.
There are companies that will Mod these with original components but you may want to listen to this first, I believe you will change your mind like we did. This is currently the best made version for the money.


Great piece of equipment for any studio !!!

By CMJ Recording

from Gastonia NC

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  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Klark Teknik 1176-KT:

    From the moment the 1176-KT arrived, it has improved our recordings.
    Have worked with it on vocals and acoustic guitar and can't wait to get on to bass, drums, and anything else we can throw its way.

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