The CLA-76 from Waves is a plug-in that features models (Blacky and Bluey) of the famed mid '60s Class-A line-level limiting amplifier. A favorite studio tool, the original hardware had a super fast attack—as quick as 50 microseconds—that is reproduced in the software model. The plug-in can be used on numerous sources, but really shines when processing drums.
Also featured is the All Ratio Buttons In setting that provided the trademark overdriven tone of the original, along with modeled preamp distortion. The original hardware underwent numerous revisions after it was first introduced with a blue strip on a silver faceplate. The black-face version added low-noise circuits on additional circuit boards and reduced distortion. Both versions are represented here.