Modification Services for Warm Audio WA76
On the Wa76 we offer a wonderful circuit upgrade that moves these Project Studio Grade 1176 compressors to the Big Leagues.
Simply Select your Modification Service and from the options Menu select Authentic Knob Upgrade and Stereo Link option.
Once your purchase is complete you will be contacted with Mailing instructions, Work Order# and Work Order form for our mail in service.
About the WA-76 Modification Service:
We put a lot of love into the mods on this one to squeeze out the maximum performance possible.
While the design is not authentic to an original our modifications will make even Professional studio owners happy!
With the modifications they sound great on Bass, vocals, room mics and more where stock most users may not find it all that useable.
These designs have a lot of shortcuts that make the unit sound fluttery when compressing with no low end response and sadly dont have that charcter that we have all come to love about a classic 1176.
They also have high distortion figures over an original unit, but are often described as sounding good for the money by most users, which is where we come in.
Any amount of compression killes the low end when compressing heavily and leaves the user feeling bored of the unit after the initial discrete circuit magic has worn off.
So The modifications:
We do a complete audio path upgrade using premium parts for lower noise and higher headroom as well as lower distortion.
All Audio caps are swapped out for better performance using Panasonic Parts to start.
Orange Drop Capacitors are used in critical coupling locations for more authenticity.
Bypassing is performed where necessary for lower noise in the line amp.
Power supply modifications are also performed for the lowest possible noise figures in the overall design and better current delivery.
All transistors are swapped out for better performance, HFE matched sets for better bandwidth, lower noise as well as lower distortion.
So about the Results:
The service increases the headroom of the unit, widens the frequency response, lowers the noise and increases the clarity a great deal.
It also lowers the distortion figures considerably, smoothes out the compression character, increases the low end response to be closer to the original design and will leave a smile on your face.
Hear the samples on our Home page.