Two years ago I was trying to decide between those two comps. I ended up going with the Studio Electronics C2s. I've been happy with it. It's been years since I've used an 1176. Someday I will have one of those two, but in the meantime....
It's worked well for me on many sources; vox, acoustic gtr, clean electric gtr, drum stuff. My only gripe is that it isn't always quick to set up for stereo use (but I'm building a Gyraff SSL for that). I use tones to help set my levels for stereo applications.
I like the sound of the C2s. I think I chose it over the 2-1176 cuz I liked the idea of the Neve output driver. The "squash" ratio setting does the all buttons thing well. I find that I hardly use the 20:1 setting. The attack is pretty fast too, I seem to ride it between 12 o'clcok and the slowest possible.
I'd love an 1176 (or two) at some point but I think my next comp purchase would be the API 2500 (after I finish my GSSLs).
Oh yeah, I mostly use API 512 pres (sometimes Hardy and Chameleon Labs 7602)
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