This month has been quite fun for new gear. Apart from a Mackie Control and a Line 6 Variax 500, I’ve just taken delivery of this handbuilt Universal Audio 1176LN clone, and boy does it sound SWEET. Anyone who tells you that software plugins can sound just as good as hardware needs their head (or more probably their ears) checking. You can’t go wrong with it, even at extreme settings it just adds warmth, punch and that indescribable analog magic. I might stick some audio examples up if anyone cares for it.
Gotta love the blue VU meters too!
Here are some audio examples. In each of these you will hear a dry loop for 8 bars, then light compression for 8 bars, then heavy compression for 8 bars.