You don’t need a 20-year career in audio to appreciate the 1176 legacy. The famous hardware compressor was first introduced by Urei in 1968 as the first true peak limiter with an entirely solid-state circuit. The 1176 has changed hands and seen a few iterations since its birth — Teletronix manufactured it for a while, followed by Universal Audio.
Klark Teknik’s new 1176-KT FET-style compressor pays homage to Urei’s respected classic, albeit with an ‘entirely modernised’ signal path that uses Midas input and output transformers. Ratios available are 4:1, 8:1, 12:1 and 20:1, and of course the ‘all-buttons-in’ mode for that super-squished 1176 punch.
Controls are an identical match to the original — nice and simple. In addition to the ratio buttons you get attack and release knobs, input and outputs knobs, and a power switch. A vintage-style VU meter can display gain reduction or output level based on which button is selected to its right. The 1176-KT is housed in a 2U rack enclosure. The unit has Neutrik connectors and a universal power supply with automatic voltage sensing.
The Klark Teknik will go for very reasonable RRP$1179 and is expected to arrive in Australia early December.
Many thanks to AudioTechnology magazine for their write up, which can be viewed here.