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Warm Audio WA76 1176 Style Rackmount FET Compressor

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Product Description


"After spending some considerable amount of time using the Tone Beast, EQP-WA, WA-2A and WA-76, I can say without hesitation that these products are simply incredible. The amount of cream and mojo that I get from these units, especially when pushed, is giving me the analog tone shaping I need to print a signal that needs no plug-in." Erik Eldenius Drummer - Billy Idol


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!

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Here's what Warm Audio Say about the WA76

Discrete Compressor - Made Affordable

Our goal was to make a compressor of this pedigree affordable for the first time, without compromising the quality and design parameters that make this type of compressor so desirable.

Premium Components in every Warm Audio product

We have faithfully reproduced the circuitry of the revision D, generally considered one of the best and most popular among the different versions made over the years. We’ve used all discrete, through-hole components, high quality CineMag input and output transformers, and a class A circuit that stays true to the legacy design.

All Buttons In

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.


  • Utilizes premium grade input and output CineMag USA Transformers.
  • True to the Classic '76 compressor in design and performance.
  • Completely discrete signal path.
  • Modeled after the D revision.
  • 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. XLR and TRS outputs.
  • 50db of gain.
  • Less than 0.4% 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 Rackmount chassis, 2U.
  • 1-year warranty.
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Customer Reviews


11 reviews





Mr Nigel Powell6th Feb 2023

Not quite an 1176, but way closer than the price would suggest.

Value 5Looks 4Sound 5

Mr Paolo Picone17th Mar 2022

Lovely version of this iconic compressor. Very happy with sound and build quality

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer22nd Jan 2022

Very good compressor in the nature of an 1176. Works very well. When driving hard, it’s perhaps not quite as gritty as the UREI but an excellent performance. Would be nice to have front meter calibration like in the LA2 but a minor inconvenience.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 4

Mr Danny Chang1st Nov 2021

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr. Toby Chapman27th Nov 2020

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Mr James Rogers30th Jan 2020

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

John Carter28th Jan 2020

Paid extra for next day delivery but it didn't happen

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Stephen Mann19th May 2019

Lovely compressor,sounds good on most things.

Trusted Customer20th Feb 2019

For the money the WA76 is unbelievable. Across all vocal recording it’s sounded great.

Trusted Customer2nd Oct 2018

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