We are excited to announce the all new T4BLA!
High-end Optocell Upgrade for Optical Compressors
The ultimate opto upgrade.
At the heart of almost every optical compressor lies a T4b style Optocell. When designing the B172a compressor, Black Lion Audio tested every readily available T4b and felt that we could create a better sounding one to use in our B172A. In Black Lion “mod” tradition, we designed our own: the T4BLA!
Every so often, two incredible things, wholly enjoyable on their own, combine to form a pair so sweet and complementary, that it becomes hard to think of one without the other… Sonny & Cher, Lennon & McCartney, Snoop Dogg & Dr Dre and perhaps the greatest and most literal “dynamic duo” of all time – the 1176 and LA-2A!
The 1176 and LA-2A when used together, have become a studio stable for decades, often wired in series with each other so that one catches the audio’s peaks and the other does the heavy compression. Black Lion Audio, having hit the mark with the widely adored Seventeen compressor, has struck again, combining the Seventeen’s F.E.T. circuitry with a worthy optical section in the B172A! This unit combines the two separate ’76 and 2A circuits into a single unit that allows you to route the signal in any order you like to be able to provide this very useful compression technique.
We’ve got the Power (Conditioner)! Black Lion is proud to announce our brand new PG-1 Power Conditioner!
Most would cringe at the thought of plugging their hard earned music gear into the wall outlet or an unprotected power strip if they knew the truth about “dirty power.” The wildly unpredictable nature of an untamed power source is quite the jungle. Danger lurks in the form of tone devouring high frequency line noise and device slaying power surges. Now you can protect your treasured electronics with the strength and power of a lion – the Black Lion Audio PG-1!
Modifying your audio gear can be a great way to make it perform to an even higher standard than it already does. Matt Vanacoro found out what Black Lion Audio could do to supercharge his Apollo 8.
The first thing I was curious to find out was ‘exactly what are you going to do to my Apollo?’ I talked with Nate from BLA and he gave me the lowdown. Newer, high-performance op-amps would be put on the analog ins and outs (mic, line, monitor, headphones). The capacitors would be upgrade on the analog input signal path. The A/D and D/A converters would be decoupled, as well as the mic preamp chips.