The “Bluey” is a modified “Blue Stripe” compressor based off of the “golden” unit owned by Chris Lord-Alge. When certain components became unavailable, techs were forced to change the circuit, creating a one of a kind compressor that has been heard on countless hits. To get the exacting detail that Chris Lord-Alge has enjoyed from the original Bluey, we not only used custom CineMag transformers, we actually recreated his console’s insert path and built it right into the Bluey — giving everyone the same console feel! But we didn’t stop there: We also added an active wet/dry mix for easy parallel compression, as well as a stereo link! Bluey was designed with a vintage-inspired PCB layout, 1% resistors, polyester capacitors, and a linear power supply — meaning that Bluey is built to last! And like all Black Lion products, Bluey is hand assembled and tested in the USA.
The “Bluey” is a modified “Blue Stripe” compressor based off of the “golden” unit owned by Chris Lord-Alge. When certain components became unavailable, techs were forced to change the circuit, creating a one of a kind compressor that has been heard on countless hits. Any audio engineer worth their weight in gear will tell you about the special moments that occur on records by chance. We’re talking about the magic you can’t plan. It must occur organically, being comprised of sheer randomness or even flat out mistakes. For instance, the spontaneous banter from a vocalist in between takes that adds character to a track, or a radical new audio effect discovered through a simple routing mistake.
The same good fortune sometimes shines upon a piece in the vintage gear world. Through decades of maintenance and repair, some units, like wine, get better with time. The scarcity of original parts leads technicians to diverge from the original design, creating an improved, one-of-a-kind, modified unit.
Armed with an impeccable ear, decades of experience, and an abundance of coveted gear, legendary mix engineer, Chris Lord-Alge, was able to recognize one of his four 1176 Blue Stripe units as firmly sitting in this distinctive category. The particular unit, dubbed “Bluey,” has a special “mojo” to it that shines on vocal tracks like no other.
Chris desired more channels of this golden unit, and reached out to the guys who know modifications best – the team at Black Lion Audio! Intrigued by Chris’ praise of the unit, head design engineer, Jesus Ortiz, boarded a plane from Chicago to LA to discover what gave this Blue Stripe its edge. He found a series of mods done to the unit over the years to keep it working that miraculously cumulated in a uniquely beast-like 1176! BLA analyzed the unit with pain-staking detail, and has, in conjunction with Chris Lorde-Alge, recreated the monster, now known as the new Black Lion Audio “Bluey!”
Features • Fully discrete, Class A circuitry
• Through-hole components
• Polyester capacitors
• Vintage-inspired 1-sided PCB layout
• Cinemag remake of original UTC transformer
• Wet/Dry mix feature
• Linear power supply
• Precise meter calibration
Two classics in one chassis, the B172A marries the Seventeen version of the legendary "76" FET limiter with their take on the renowned "2A" tube optical compressor. Whether you use the FET and opto separately — or in series, where one catches the audio's peaks and the other provides the heavy compression — the B172A will blow you away with its incredible sound and versatility. The B172A's Dual Mono Link makes it easy to route your signal through the 17 and 2A circuits in any order. Painstaking effort went into choosing the best transformers needed for each circuit. Spec'd with a CineMag input transformer on the 2A side, BLA’s own Chicago-wound output transformers on both circuits, high-grade signal path and decoupling capacitors, the B172A gives you ultra-convenient access to a pair of classic dynamics processors while also providing a valuable signal processing tool never before available in a single chassis.
The Seventeen is not your grandfather's ’76 compressor. It's not even a remake, but rather Black Lion's take on what the classic '76 limiting amplifier could have been, given the benefit of today's technology. Designed in collaboration with pro audio and plug-in guru Tobias Lindell and featuring an improved and redesigned IC-based front end, the Seventeen delivers profound detail and nuance never before heard with this type of compressor.