Black Lion Audio Bluey Limiter

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Mono Compressor

  • Modified "Blue Stripe" compressor based on a device from Chris Lord-Alge
  • Discrete circuit with Cinemag transformers based on the original UTC transformers
  • Extended functionality with parallel compression
  • Classic switching of the ratio via four push buttons
  • Adjustable attack and release
  • Link connection for coupling two devices for stereo operation
  • Input: 1x XLR (balanced)
  • Output: 1x XLR
  • Link: RCA (unbalanced)
  • Power supply: 115/230 VAC internal
  • Height: 2 U
  • Width: 19"
  • Depth: 250 mm
available since January 2020
Item number 476381
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes
$1,069
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Black Lion 1176 Bluey
Mr Steve Mac 25.06.2020
Bought a couple of these and I am totally blown away . Have owned quite a few 1176's over the years but these just have the magic . I think I am going to buy some more .
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Unreal Music 18.07.2022
QUALITY: Heavy, extemely solid build, all made of metal. All knobs have nice resistance to them, nothing is wobbly. Buttons work great too. The VU meter is great, has back light. This thing is built like a tank! It's one of hardware pieces that you know will last for decades.

SOUND: It's ultimate tone colouring box! The harmonic distortion it imparts on the audio signal, makes it pop out and stay upfront / in your face. It's subtle effect, but definitely heard rather than just felt. It instantly brings your tracks to the front of the mix. Like with all audio equipment, while it may not always be great for all types of audio signal, to my surprise, running it in bypass (comp mix knob at 0%) instantly added analog feel even to tracks that don't sound good with 1176 comp. Once you add peak reduction, this box starts to bite. The mix knob is amazing to decide whether you want the full colour, or just analog goodness by running it via input and output stages without compression circuit.

IN USE: I found it incredible on female vocals (instant sound of a record), guitars (behind vocal yet very forward and present). Of course, its peak reduction capacity is unmatched for tracking - usually 2-3dB of reduction is all you need, and it does add plenty of character already. Go further to 5dB reduction, and it sharpens the signal like a distortion/saturation box.

REMARKS: Does not compare to any blue face plugins, beats them all by a mile mostly in the compressor action. It's set to have higher / more sensitive input, so it's good idea first run signal through a gear with output attenuation such as preamp, for more control over the compression threshold.

OVERALL: Highly recommended. One of the most obvious upgrades over plugins
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Edski 09.05.2022
One of those pieces that just makes vocals sound incredible.
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Grandioser Vocal Kompressor!
AudioPhil 30.06.2021
Ich muss es neidlos anerkennen: der olle Chris Lord Alge hat leider Recht. ;-) Der Bluey - ein Nachbau des wiederholt modifizierten Urei 1176 Blue Stripe von CLA - ist *mit Abstand* der beste 1176er für Gesangsaufnahmen, der mir in meinem langen Leben als Tontechniker / Musikproduzent untergekommen ist.

Er besitzt die unglaubliche Fähigkeit, Signale - vor allem Vocals - bei nahezu unhörbarem Regelvorgang extrem zu verdichten und gleichzeitig frech „in die erste Reihe“ zu schieben.
„Mix ready instant hit record in your face“-Sound. :-)
Unglaublich!
Erreichen tut er dies, in dem er besonders die Mitten des Stimme hervorhebt und leicht angeraut (bzw. um leichte Verzerrungen anreichert) nach vorne schiebt. Das Ganze tut er in der klassischen Einstellung (4:1, Attack 3, Release 7), ohne dabei die Transienten zu killen und dabei die Lebendigkeit des Signals zu verschlechtern. Trotz der rasanten Geschwindigkeit der FET-Schaltung bleibt die Performance ungetrübt lebendig und kraftvoll. Das kenne ich von guten 1176er, aber nicht in dieser etwas frechen, aber toll für Vocals funktionierenden Form.

Große Empfehlung für diese m.M.n. beste Ausprägung eines 1176ers für Gesangsaufnahmen. Tracking oder im Mix, für alle Anwendungszwecke geeignet. Am besten dahinter einen Opto-Kompressor, der die letzten verbleibenden Schwankungen weich abrundet und fertig isind die perfekte Vocals.

Aufpassen müsst ihr auf den Eingangspegel, da der Bluey bereits bei Linksanschlag des Input-Reglers ooordentlich arbeitet (bei Studiopegel). Als vielleicht etwas abgeschwächt rein in die Kiste.

Ach ja: der fehlende Bypass nervt die Hölle. Und auch eine Sidechain-Filter wäre wünschenswert gewesen. Gerne auch ein Eingangspad. Naja, man kann nicht alles haben.
Dafür klingt der Bluey halt wie pure Magie!

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