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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Slightly upgrade from plugins
moondoongoos, 06.04.2021
I've read and heard a lot about this machine from the Internet and I decided to give it a try. It does what it is supposed to do. I ended up returning the thing back because I am at a point in my experience where I want to deal with hardware only if it has a certain "mojo" you may call it. This machine has not. It works okay but it doesn't bring excitment to me in the process of recording or mixing. On some sources I've liked it better than some plugin emulations. Definetly delivers something on bass, vocals and drum room (especially with the "all buttons" mode). It tends to hash a bit the top. After 1 o' clock the make up gain (output) knob adds some kind of pink noise.
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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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It is what it is
MileZeroStudio, 01.03.2021
Like many of us who were super curious about this replica of the famous 1176 I went ahead and risk purchase it since it was pretty cheap. Klark Teknik as much as you know is now pretty much Behringer so I was pretty apprehensive since i'm not a fan of what they make and mostly how they operate (who remembers the lawsuit against online opinions?) so lets get to the unit:

Its mainly metal, which is good, the controls are pretty slick and has a nice smooth feel to it. I find it easy to tune the settings I want, although the buttons are a bit honky but nothing deal breaker.
So on the compression/sound aspect of it, its decent... It does compress alright, the attack is fast like the original unit but not as fast to my ears and the release seems a bit slower too. As for the sound of it, it's pretty sterile, there's nothing in here that recreates that density well known of the 1176 and the grit at higher compression rates is not as pleasant as the UA one.

So bottom line: It kinda behaves like an 1176 but without its characteristic sound. I don't find myself using that much, especially if I want to squash something
I must add that, like a true Behringer unit, it already broke me once but Thomann, being the champs they are, were awesome in sending a replacement.
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