WAVES Waves CLA-76 Compressor / Limiter


The Key to Hard-Hitting Dynamic Mixes


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
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  • Version: macOS Catalina 10.15, Big Sur 11, Monterey 12, Ventura 13, Sonoma 14
  • CPU: Intel or Silicon Architecture
  • RAM: 8
  • Disk: 16

  • Version: Windows 10 64 bit and Windows 11
  • CPU: X64 compatible Intel or AMD CPU
  • RAM: 8
  • Disk: 16