I can’t remember how many times the LA-2A, LA-3A and 1176 classic compressors were modeled as software plugin. It seems like if any developers want to create a compressor plugin with vintage-look GUI, it must be one of these three models.
By the way, I’m yet to experience the real things as hardware, even their famous software version created by Universal Audio. Waves has just released these classic compressors as software plugins again, called Waves CLA Classic Compressors. CLA stands for Chris Lord-Alge, the sound engineer who teamed up with Waves to create this plugin. There’re 4 compressors in this bundle. CLA-2A, CLA-3A and 2 version of CLA-76, Bluey and Blacky.
It’s no-brainer to guess which compressors these plugins are modeled after. The GUI of CLA was nice and classic as its name. It costs $800 for native version, pretty expensive as always. Looking forward to try it shortly.