Author archive for Ryan Roullard

  • We’re hiring an Audio Equipment Technician

    Audio Equipment Technician at Black Lion Audio, Chicago, IL About us: Black Lion Audio is a professional audio equipment manufacturer…

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    This review came into us from Rocky, who recently got our MPC Live II mod:

    So I’ve been making hip hop music for quite awhile, comparatively, since 1996. You se,e a good friend of
    mine had gotten his hands on an MPC 3000 and I was fortunate enough to be let into this inner sanctum
    to see this beast in action. No one, and I mean no one, had an MPC back in them days, and my mind
    was blown. I had to have one, but I couldn’t afford one.

    Luckily the MPC 2000 came out, and from what I can tell, most (if not all) of the features were there, but it
    was a bit closer to my price point. I finally got it home and hooked up, invited my friend over to see my
    version of the MPC in action. His look of bemusement eventually changed into one of borderline
    confusion as if he couldn’t quite put his finger on it only to then say to me… it just don’t sound the same
    as the 3000. This is when I started chasing the dragon, the one that sounded “right.”

    I never did get a 3000, but I had an ASR10, an SP1200, an EPS, everything I deemed iconic in my quest
    for “that sound.” Even with twenty years of engineering experience under my belt, I never was able to
    shake the importance of a thick, present starting point despite the argument that a good engineer can
    make anything sound like anything (within reason).

    These days the Isla S2400 has “that sound” and so does my Black Lion-modded MPC Live II. I knew I wanted an MPC
    with the Black Lion mod when it was first introduced to the X. Problem is, I couldn’t afford the X with the
    mod. When the Live 2 was announced in the Black Lion catalog I had to have it, and I needed it right
    away. I bought it and had it modded before I got my hands on it. I have an MPC One, which I never
    warmed up to as I never could get the sound I wanted so I know what they are capable of. The difference
    is night and day, I finally have the MPC I have always wanted with the tonality I find not only acceptable,
    but desirable, and that’s before I decide to put my hands on the board.

    Black Lion has knocked it out of the park, which I knew they would, that is what they do best. I have your
    power conditioner, your interface, and now your insignia on the MPC Live 2 and every dollar was a steal.

    Excellent work y’all!

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  • Driver update available for Revolution-series interfaces

    Just a quick note… We’ve updated the Windows Driver and Control Software just in time for the release of the…

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  • Beat Magazine on BLA Power Conditioners

    The PG-series of power conditioners just got an excellent writeup from Beat! Check it out below, (Click for larger view…

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  • MPC X Special Edition Mods now available!

    Due to popular demand… we’re now offering mods for the MPC X Special Edition! You asked for it! We’re proud…

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  • Black Lion Audio Summer Internship 2023

    Are you pursuing a degree in electronics engineering or similar? Do you love music? Do you get a lot of…

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  • Enter for a chance to win the VERY FIRST Bluey 500! April 13-16, 2023!

    Bluey 500 #1 giveaway

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  • Understanding British-style and American-style preamps

    “American-style” and “British-style” have been used to describe mic preamps for a while now. But what is meant by that,…

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  • Revolution Audio Driver Update 5.57 available now

    Revolution Audio Driver Update 5.57 Update Changelog / Release Notes Revolution Audio Drivers for Windows 11 64-bit builds 22H2 and…

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