Compressor: Warm Audio WA-76

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I won't say that you necessarily NEED an 1176 in this day and age, now that there are things like Distressors or software emulations, but when tracking, there's still a real, unavoidable need for hardware limiters. We need limiters now, when recording to digital, more than we ever did when recording to tape, thanks to the absolute headroom of a digital recording.

Anyway, the Warm Audio WA-76. Not the first 1176 clone, and certainly not the last. But it is the most reasonably priced. It's an 1176 that's easily within reach for almost anyone, that you'd have a hard time telling the difference from an original.