Author archive for Black Lion Audio

  • “The first time I used the Black Lion Auteur Mic Pre was recording Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor) playing his mid-sixties Gibson J200 acoustic. The tone was incredible, with crystal clear highs, and a nice defined bottom end that wasn’t muddy at all. The mid-range was smooth, and we didn’t need a bit of compression. I love my Auteur Mic Pre.”

    Jay Ruston
    Producer // Mixer
    (The Donnas, Leonard Cohen, Steel Panther, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Anthrax, Jars of Clay, Morrissey, American Idol)

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  • George Landress – Producer // Engineer // Mixer

    “No discerning studio owner should be without Black Lion Audio’s new line of pro audio tools. My external MICRO CLOCK, and SPARROW A/D stereo converter, stay on all the time in my studio rack. An upscale sound with a great price tag.”

    George Landress
    Producer // Engineer // Mixer
    (No Doubt, Jane’s Addiction, The Killers, Jon B., Chaka Khan, Jimmy Cliff, Lil’ Kim)

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  • Butch Walker – Singer // Songwriter // Producer

    “The Signature Series Mod that you guys packed into my 003R is unreal. Such a world of difference. I used to DREAD going from my HD rig to having to use the little 003 box, but now this thing gives my HD converters a run for their money. The mic pres are actually good now, as well! Good things always come out of Chicago.”

    Butch Walker
    Singer // Songwriter // Producer
    (Katy Perry, Weezer, Pink, Panic! At The Disco, Avril Lavigne, Dashboard Confessional)

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  • Auteur MkII Review by Performer Magazine

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  • Bonedo Auteur MKII Review

    Check out this great Auteur MKII review by Bonedo!

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  • SOS B173 & B12A MKII Reviews

    The B173 & B12A MKII were reviewed by Sound On Sound!

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  • MusicTech B12A MkII Review

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  • Product Review // Micro Clock MKIII // FutureMusic

    Black Lion Audio recently debuted the third incarnation of their dedicated master word clock, the MicroClock mkIII. Analog to digital conversion is something that BLA is passionate about, so much so that the concern, based out of Chicago, is constantly evaluating new crystal technology as it develops to determine how to enhance their products. Better crystals mean less jitter, and less jitter means better sound. Thus, when Black Lion released the third version of the MicroClock, we knew that this was not going to be just a polishing of the mkII. According to Nate Bierdeman, Black Lion Audio’s Chief Executive Officer, the company not only infused the latest crystal technology into the mkIII, but also looked to “remove the parasitic elements out of the signal.” This meant the company “performed critical listening at each stage, often A/B’ing different component pools and crystals to come up with the best result possible.”

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  • Product Review // Micro Clock MKIII // Tape Op ~ By Allen Farmelo

    What’s most fascinating about this clock is that nearly everything we hooked it up to sounded great. We clocked an older Pro Tools rig (with the outdated Digidesign 192 Digital I/O) to the Micro Clock MkIII – sounded much better. A Forssell mastering converter — sounded great, though not better. My Aurora Lynx mix rig — sounded great, and better. The new Dangerous Music Convert-8 — sounded great, though not better. Obviously, we didn’t try every combination known, but the consistency of the sound with the Micro Clock MkIII was impressive. A solid center image, big bass, and a depth to the soundstage that’s typical of excellent, low-jitter clocking. We walked away saying, “That’s a great little clock!”

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  • B173 Wins POWER AWARD!

      Check out this great FutureMusic review of the B173!

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