Originally Posted by puremix.net
I am talking about both.
Even plugins are modeled after different hardware units.
So whether it be a hardware unit or a plugins, identical settings yield complete different results.
"complete different results" it's a bit of a stretch..
gain staging is different in different models, that's what I'd say
it's the main difference, so Input and Output level are what
can drastically change, consequently the distortion introduced.
Tone due to different components is probably the second difference,
but the effect on its behavior on how it performs gain reduction
has lil impact. Attack and release values should all be the same (not sure
for about it for EVERY model ever made).
Point is, if you know how to set a '76, I'm pretty sure you know how to set
a black face as well as a blue stripe.. which should be - as for every compressor - involve the use of ears and taste more than some
supposedly go-to setting or the actual knowledge of each and every component inside the compressor