Well, this is weird. Of all the brands that’d be inclined to clone the classic 1176, Klark Teknik doesn’t spring to mind as the most likely. The company’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.