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Klark Teknik 1176-KT


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Product Overview

Classic FET-Style Compressor with Class-A Line Level Amplifier and MIDAS Transformers

Designed as an homage to the classic 1176LN, every effort was made to keep the 1176-KT FET-Style Compressor true to the original D and E versions of the iconic signal processor. At the same time, we modernised the completely discrete signal path using hand-selected components and custom-engineered MIDAS input and output transformers – for the ultimate in pristine sonic performance.

MIDAS - The Legend in Sound Quality

Ever since its formation in the 1970s, MIDAS has had a long history of innovation and leadership in the world of audio mixing consoles. Employed by the most famous touring acts and installations worldwide, legendary MIDAS consoles such as the XL4 and Heritage H3000 quickly became industry standards.

MIDAS has earned their impeccable reputation due to their no-compromise approach for audio and build-quality and in particular for their Award-winning Mic Preamps, which are considered by industry experts as the industry’s best sounding designs. Building on this legacy, the XL8 and PRO Series of Live Mixing Systems continue this great heritage of Award-winning audio quality.

KLARK TEKNIK is proud to incorporate MIDAS designed input and output transformers for the ultimate in high-quality audio reproduction in both live and studio environments.

Sublimely Easy to Operate

The compression ratio is selected by pushing any, or all, of the Ratio buttons located to the left of VU meter. Ratios available are: 4:1 for moderate compression; 8:1 for severe compression; 12:1 ratio for mild limiting; and 20:1 for hard limiting. Using the “All-Button” mode can be especially effective when applied to drums, bass, guitar, and room mics – or for more aggressive “in your face” vocals.

Attack & Release

1176-KT’s Attack knob adjusts the amount of time it takes the compressor to respond to audio that exceeds the threshold. The response time is slower at the fully counterclockwise position and faster when turned clockwise. The Release knob adjusts how long the compressor remains engaged after the incoming audio falls below the threshold. The response time is also slower at the fully counterclockwise position and faster when adjusted clockwise.

Vintage Style VU Meter

In keeping with the design of the original processor, the 1176-KT features an illuminated, vintage-style VU meter for visual confirmation of gain reduction (GR) and output levels. A meter reading of 0 corresponds to an output level of +4, +6 or +8 dBm, depending on which button is engaged.



  • Classic FET-style compressor modelled after iconic 1176LN*, D and E Revisions
  • Completely discrete signal path
  • Class-A line-level output amplifier
  • Custom-built, MIDAS input and output transformers
  • Push button selection of compression ratios: 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1
  • Ultra-fast attack time: 20 to 800 microseconds
  • Adjustable release time: 80 to 700 milliseconds
  • Vintage-style meter features gain reduction and output
  • Transformer balanced inputs and outputs on Neutrik* XLR connectors
  • Rugged 2U rackmount chassis for durability in portable applications
  • Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply
  • 10-Year Warranty Program
  • Designed and engineered in the UK



Audio Input

  • Type: XLR, 1/4“ TRS, transformer balanced
  • Impedance: >600 Ω, balanced and unbalanced
  • Max. input level: +30 dBu
  • Pad switch: -20 dB typical


Audio Output

  • Type: XLR, 1/4” TRS, transformer balanced
  • Impedance: 105 Ω, balanced and unbalanced
  • Max. output level: +25 dBu


System Specifications

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/- 1 dB
  • S/N ratio: 80 dB @ +4 dBu In
  • Distortion (THD+N): 0.15% typical



  • Attack time: 25 to 760 μs, adjustable
  • Release time: 80 to 670 ms, adjustable
  • Ratio settings: 20:1, 12:1, 8:1, 4:1
  • Meter settings: Gain reduction, +8/6/4 dBu


Power Supply

  • Mains voltage: 100 – 240 V~, 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption: 10 W
  • Fuse: T1AH 250V
  • Mains connection: Standard IEC receptacle



  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 88 x 483 x 159 mm
  • Weight: 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs)

Product Downloads

  • 1176-KT Quickstart Guide PDF 2.7 MB
  • 1176-KT Data Sheet PDF 4.7 MB


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*Prices are in AUD, include GST and are subject to change. Please call National Audio for pricing and availability on the 1176-KT.