I personally love 500 series gear due to the quality it has achieved as a format, mixed with how little space it takes up and the relative affordability of many of the units. But in a market packed full of so many options, one brand that sticks out in terms of compressors is @serpentaudiollc.
The SA76-500 Splice MKII fits in most of the functionality and all of the tone of its 2u brother in a signal wide 500 series frame. Both of which are likely my favorite 1176 units, cause not only do they sound fantastic, they are ungodly versatile. Want gritty, in your face electric guitars... snappy, insanely energetic drums... or present, front and center vocals that don’t get lost in the mix? Simply put the SA76-500 in Rev A (Blue Stripe) mode, and get that classic, saturation heavy 1176 tone without spending $15,000. You can also switch to Rev D for a slightly smoother, fuller, but still punchy tone... and the best part; mix and match the input and output stages of the Rev A and Rev D Blackface units to get tones unique to Splice. Input stage of the Rev A with the output stage of Rev D gives tons of aggressive snap to a source, while retaining a fuller low end. This has made it one of my go to modes. You also get a SC high pass filter and mix knob, allowing you to keep earth shaking kick drum and bass when putting these units on a drum bus, etc, and dialing down the mix knob on vocals with the new 2:1 ratio to make these compressors more transparent than any 1176. With transformer loading for a darker, more vintage sound, slam mode (all buttons in mode) where you can now change the ratio after you select it (even bypassing compression) and link mode, the sky is really the limit on these. -Michael Frasinelli ----------------------------------------------------- #nashvillemusic #recordingstudio #musicstudio #studiosession #recordingsession #compressor #indierock #proaudio #recording #mixing #mastering #musicianlife #studiogear #keyboard #gearhead #musicproducer #production #studiolife #producerlife #audioengineer #guitarplayer #acousticguitar #singersongwriter #rnbmusic #vintage #indiemusic #classicrock #drumkit #bassguitar #drummer