Universal Audio 2-1176 by Thedspeth
I know there are reviews of the UA 1176 on the review forum but the 2-1176 gives me a lot of options with regards to running things stereo or just having two independent compressors.
Works well for a lot of drum applications: snare- it adds "weight" "pop" to the hit like no other compressor I've used, kick- to me is place where I really understand the word compression from an audio sense. The 1176 really adds to that chest thumping feel you get in the 50-60 Hz range.., and I love to go extreme with overheads or room mics to give that "pumping" sound on a parallel compression channel. Also, as most folks know, it's outstanding on vocals to really make it stand out in a mix. I do a lot of stuff "in-the-box" but there truly is something to the sound of this piece of hardware.
Honestly i'm a fan of the updated "UA look" with this piece of gear. Obviously, every knob and switch are of the highest quality and you can feel that when you work with this.
I definitely don't need to go on about the sound of this thing as most people on here can probably recognize the unmistakable sound of this compressor. If you've got the cash, go grab one... you won't regret it!