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"Jimmy Page seems to be synonymous with cranked Marshall stacks, but Zeppelin was known to make use of a broad range of guitars, amps, and techniques in the studio. Curiously, one of the band’s most iconic riffs was created in a rather unorthodox way.
The band’s longtime studio-hand Andy Johns (having gotten the idea from Buffalo Springfield’s engineer) fed Page’s Les Paul through a direct box, straight into a preamp on the desk, then into two UREI 1176 compressors (again, in series).
The first unit had the compression buttons disengaged and the output level cranked, functioning more like an amplifier. The already somewhat distorted signal hit the next unit hot enough to overdrive the input, resulting in the classic sound. The part was then tripled to thicken the sound.
"I couldn’�t have done it without the 1176s," Johns later confessed in an interview with Universal Audio (formerly UREI). "There is not another compressor that will do that, because you can take out the compression stuff." EQ lent the final touch: "A bit of bottom to make it sing," according to Johns."