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CLA-76 Compressor / Limiter

Super-fast FET compression with legendary tone
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The Key to Hard-Hitting Dynamic Mixes

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Unlike the smooth sound of optical control-based compressors, the CLA-76 models the ultra-fast response, and tube-like distortion, of FET control circuitry. This plugin models two CLA-76s, based on hand-picked hardware that represents the best of the many revisions that were produced.

Tight, aggressive, and with a big, bold character, the CLA-76 is a favorite of acclaimed mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge. We modeled his two most-prized hardware units, “Bluey” and “Blacky,” both perfectly maintained in his studio—so you can have their sound in your mixes.

  • Attack and release times track drum dynamics perfectly
  • Exclusive ALL ratio mode delivers explosive compression sound
  • Modeled preamp distortion gives that extra-aggressive edge
  • Super-fast attack time keeps transients under control
  • “Blacky” and “Bluey” models let you choose the ideal tonal color
  • Leveling-amp design gives consistent control for vocals
  • Presets created by Grammy-winning mixer Chris Lord-Alge
  • Zero latency for both studio and live mixing
  • Mix control for easy parallel compression
  • Trim control for quick level adjustment
Watch It in Action

Fast and Furious Compression with Unparalleled Tone

  • Give Your Drums Muscle and Tightness

    The CLA-76’s tight compression sound, based on program-dependent attack and release times, is a natural for drums. With the incendiary ALL ratio mode for extra explosiveness, CLA-76 lets you mix a muscular drum sound that erupts with power.

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • …And Not Just Drums

    One reason the CLA-76 has stood the test of time is versatility. Ease back on the compression, and let the leveling-amp design give consistent, steady compression on vocals, bass, guitar, and keyboards.

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  • Choose from Two ’76 Flavors

    With models of two distinct hardware units from mix legend Chris Lord-Alge’s personal collection, you can choose the right tool for the right job. The models have different gain stages, time constants, and harmonic distortion.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Super-Fast Compression, Perfect for Transient-Heavy Sounds

    Many compressors aren’t fast enough to handle transients, and generate clicks even with fast attack/release settings. But the CLA-76’s incredibly fast response keeps transients under control—and clicks out of your mix.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Presets Created by Chris Lord-Alge

    Get great starting points for your mixes, with over 30 presets prepared by Chris Lord-Alge himself—plus presets by more Grammy-winning producers/mixers such as Greg Wells (Dua Lipa, John Legend).

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material