These audio examples accompany the review of Black Lion Audio’s Bluey FET compressor in SOS June 2020
The Bluey is a recreation of producer/mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge’s favourite UA 1176 ‘Blue Stripe’ compressor, a device that Black Lion’s engineers discovered had been incrementally ‘modded’ by the various technicians who’d serviced and repaired it over the years. You can read my full review here:
These examples are of the unit being used in some typical applications. I’ve provided the unprocessed 'raw' audio, the same audio processed with the Bluey, and the same sources processed using my own, more modern, 1176LN.
The SoundCloud MP3 versions below are purely for convenience but we recommend you audition the 24-bit hi-res WAV files in the downloadable ZIP file to get an accurate guide to the sonic differences.
This is the vocal before any mix processing. It was initially recorded with some light compression, but it is otherwise unprocessed.
The same vocal going through the Bluey, with the attack knob at ‘3 o’clock’ the release as fast as it would go, and about 7-8 dB of gain reduction being applied.
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The same vocal going through my 1176LN, with the same settings and amount of gain reduction.
A ‘dry’ female vocal, again treated to some very light compression at the tracking stage.
The female vocal through the Bluey. Again, I had the release set at three quarters to the right and with the fastest release. This is quite a typical 1176 setting for vocals. About 6-7 dB of gain reduction is being applied.
The female vocal going through my own 1176LN with the same settings.
Kick drums are often processed with this style of compressor. This is example is an inside kick mic without any mix processing.
The same kick clip, run through the Bluey with around 3dB of gain reduction, medium attack and fastest release.
The same kick through my 1176LN, with the same settings.
A bass guitar recorded through an amp using a Flea FET 47 microphone.
The same bass through the Bluey with 4-5 dB of gain reduction, a medium attack and a slow release.
The same bass part through my 1176LN, with the same settings.