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)
Last edited by Karl J; 27th November 2007 at 03:04 AM..
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My only gripe is that it isn't always quick to set up for stereo use
Cheers, Karl. I'll be recording acoustic piano in stereo often, so this ability is a must for whichever way I go. Not having used either, it's not an easy pick! PLUS...there is little info out there including reviews on the C2. Many say it does the 1176 well, perhaps the real thing is better. But then again, the versatility of some Neve coloration (if it does that well) would be handy.
Today I went off track and purchased an Aurora GTC2. I would say that I'm going out on a limb, but really - how could I not, it has been talked up to me today by several people and was convinced I could not go wrong. That I'll find out soon I hope!