1176 Compressors (oldTimer vs CLA-76)
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17th February 2012
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1176 Compressors (oldTimer vs CLA-76)

Okay here's a comparison of 1176 compressors:
(okay actually of other compressors emulating the CLA76 )

First up are the Waves CLA-76 (Bluey here) and PSP oldTimer:
I used some fairly extreme snappy settings for the sake of the test.
If you want me to use other settings or samples feel free to let me know.
I would even want to replicate your beloved CLA-76 preset with the psp

Can you guess which is what?
For the "swithing" file: I switched every after phrase / loop so you get A B A B for the snares and A B A B for the beat

Oh btw I did have some comparable results with Cytomic The Glue if anyone's interested.
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File Type: mp3 1176 compressors - DRY.mp3 (1.05 MB, 380 views)
File Type: mp3 1176 compressors - A.mp3 (1.12 MB, 360 views)
File Type: mp3 1176 compressors - B.mp3 (1.12 MB, 292 views)
File Type: mp3 1176 compressors - Switching.mp3 (1.28 MB, 176 views)
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28th February 2012
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I could be wrong but i dont think the Old timer is a 1176 style comp. If I had to guess i would say its more similar to a LA2a type of thing. Ik blackey or softtube fet would be a better comparison.
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2nd March 2012
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Yeah you're absolutely right. But I was amazed how close this cheap (99$) plugin could get to the CLA which costs 300$. Okay, I have to admit the CLA still has some advantage in some other settings but I was able to get very close with the PSP. Thought it could be handy for people who didn't want to drop 300$ for the CLA (or 200 for the Softube FET) but still want the that kind of compression soundwise.
1=CLA and 2= PSP btw.
PSP's "valve" was set to clear (for a LA2A emulation I would have left it ON of course).
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2nd March 2012
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Originally Posted by Sarrova View Post
Thought it could be handy for people who didn't want to drop 300$ for the CLA
Well, today, wouldn't want to drop $300 on the Bluey for sure. Please correct me if I'm wrong but I gather the whole CLA bundle has been going for some $200 lately (in December it was still cheaper; I got it for $170 or something)... and it contains three different comps vs. one PSP @ $99. (Well, granted, the OldTimer could also be had discounted). That said, I use both and like both, but have not really thought of them as interchangeable -- they are pretty different. The OldTimer is very neat, but it isn't an 1176; nor is the Glue; they are all of different character, even though may be perhaps made resemble each other at one or another particular setting...

Thanks for the effort though anyway.
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2nd March 2012
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Dude, thanks for the effort - but those 3 comps you tested have NOTHING to do with each other.

To sort things out:

1176 = CLA76, Softube FET, Stillwell The Rocket, IK Black76.

LA2A = CLA2A, IK White2A and *maybe* PSP Old Timer, "maybe" because its not a direct emulation. Some people even use Old Timer for mastering, which is not the case for a LA2A.

SSL Bus Compressor = The Glue, Waves SSL, SSL Duende.
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8th March 2012
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But I was amazed how close this cheap (99$) plugin could get to the CLA which costs 300$.
Why would you be amazed? Pretty much everyone agrees that The PSP Oldtimer is one of the best compressors ITB.

And the CLA is part of a bundle, so it actually works out to be cheaper.

And really, they don't sound very much like each other at all. I'm kind of confused by this whole post, really.
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8th March 2012
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Originally Posted by diogo_c View Post
Dude, thanks for the effort - but those 3 comps you tested have NOTHING to do with each other.

To sort things out:

1176 = CLA76, Softube FET, Stillwell The Rocket, IK Black76.

LA2A = CLA2A, IK White2A and *maybe* PSP Old Timer, "maybe" because its not a direct emulation. Some people even use Old Timer for mastering, which is not the case for a LA2A.

SSL Bus Compressor = The Glue, Waves SSL, SSL Duende.
Yeah thanks but I actually knew that.

Okay okay I have to admit this thread was a bit strange, but I just wanted to point out that the oldTimer can do some amazing things. No more no less.
Bit of a n00b's first thread feeling right now haha, but didn't mean any harm with it. I was just feeling happy with the oldTimer.
I agree with you all that it's not an actual 1176 shootout and I'm sorry to waist your time with this
I guess this thread can be deleted.
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8th March 2012
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A blue B Old timer.
A definitely has the 1176 snappy sound IMO. B sounds more round-ish and relaxed. I don't have the Old Timer though.

Quite different flavours. Both usable!
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