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Old 7th May 2021
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I will use an 1176 as an example.

The original version had some magic to them.
The current version from UA does not have the same magic.
There are many good copies on the market. Do any have magic, most like the Audioscape version.

There are also 100 software emulations. Most like the UAD version or one specific native version.

Taking a step back. for about 30 years now I decided there was about 100 pieces of magic gear that are desirable. Examples include Hammond B3, 9' Stienway, U87 classic, and 97 other items.

Just about every one of those 100 hardware items have a software version of them.

Moving ITB is not an improvement on sound quality. But it's required for cost and speed of turn around in todays market. There are exception based on the specifics on the music.