Chicago-based Black Lion Audio started off as modifiers of vintage audio equipment. They decided to channel their knowledge and experience into producing their own boutique hardware, becoming one of the hottest names in the business. The Bluey is their take on the near-mythical Chris Lord-Alge Golden unit, a modified compressor that’s resulted in some of the finest vocal sounds ever put to tape.
Here’s what Black Lion say:
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.
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 a true standout piece of kit. 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!”
- Fully discrete design
- Through hole components
- Polyester capacitors
- Vintage inspired one-sided PCB layout
- Cinemag remake of original UTC transformer
- Wet/Dry mix feature
- Linear power supply
- Precise meter calibration