The 1176 compressor is simple, but not intuitive.
The first time I saw an 1176 plugin, I had no idea how to use it. Where is the threshold control? How many milliseconds is the release and attack? What about the knee? This video will get you rolling with this or any other 1176 emulation.
Several of these features are fixed.
You can’t change the threshold of an 1176; it is fixed. You increase and decrease gain by raising and lowering the input, the compression ratio, and the attack/release controls.
The 1176, as well as Cubase’s Vintage Compressor, is almost dummy-proof.
As you’ll see in the video, the 1176 has few controls, and as a result, there is less that you can mess up.