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Black Lion Audio Seventeen

FET Compressor
Published December 2018
By Matt Houghton

Black Lion Audio Seventeen.

We put BLA’s feature‑rich and keenly priced 1176‑style compressor to the test.

Black Lion Audio’s Seventeen clearly draws heavily on the classic 1176 FET compressor, but it’s not a straight clone. As with several FET devices we’ve reviewed in recent years, it builds upon that design, adding features that should be popular in modern studios, and taking advantage of modern devices to keep the noise floor low. BLA have managed to deliver all this at an asking price that’s within reach of mere mortals, without any obvious sacrifice in the audio quality and both ergonomic and aesthetic appeal.

The review model was tidily packaged, and I was instantly enamoured by its classy appearance which,...

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Published December 2018