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.
It isn’t even a remake but rather the Black Lion spin on what the ’76 Should have been. Designed in conjunction with hitmaker Tobias Lindell and featuring a redesigned and improved IC based front end, the Seventeen shows incredible detail and nuance normally not possible with this style compressor. This new front end circuit is coupled with our custom designed, made in Chicago output transformer, designed to give this unit a huge bottom end that balances out the open top end very nicely. We also include our proprietary Black Lion style power decoupling for an incredibly low noise floor. The Seventeen also uses high grade nichicon signal capacitors, widely considered some of the highest quality caps available.
Never the ones to settle for “good enough,” we have added features that users normally consider as upgrades or mods including, a frequency adjustable side chain, separate selectable high and low pass filters, a wet/dry mix knob to allow users to blend in dry signal into their compressed signal, the Seventeen has a palette of tones not available to anything else on the market today. It also includes the all important stereo link function for linking together two units.
• Inspired by the classic ’76 FET compressor/limiter
• Designed in collaboration with pro audio and plug-in guru Tobias Lindell
• Improved and redesigned IC-based front end
• Custom-designed, made in Chicago output transformer
• Proprietary power decoupling for an impressively low noise floor
• Employs high-grade Nichicon signal capacitors
• Frequency-adjustable sidechain
• Separate selectable high-pass and low-pass filters
• Wet/dry mix knob
• Stereo link functionality
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.
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.