An old-school and cool compressor
Paying tribute to the 1176LN, Klark Teknik has constructed the 1176-KT as a FET-style (Field Effect Transistor) compressor, but with a modern, discrete signal path that calls upon the custom input and output transformers of the Music Group-owned company’s sister brand, Midas, to deliver a high-quality sonic performance.
With a UI designed for simple operation, the compressor features four compression ratios: 4:1 moderate, 8:1 severe, 12:1 mild limiting and 20:1 hard limiting. To effectively cater for drums, bass and guitars as well as those aggressive rock ‘n’ roll vocals Klark Teknik has included the All-button mode. On the front of the unit, users will find the Attack and Release knobs, which respectively adjust the response times (clockwise for faster response times) when the compressor exceeds the threshold and falls below it.
In keeping with the vintage look and feel that the manufacturer is aiming for the 1176-KT possesses an illuminated VU meter that displays the gain reduction and output level of whichever meter button has been selected. The enclosure is a 2U steel rack mount unit with Neutrik XLR connectors and a universal power supply that includes auto-voltage sensing capabilties.