Black Lion Audio’s New Eighteen Channel Strip Hardware
Black Lion Audio released the Eighteen Channel Strip — an homage to the classic Melcor sound, delivering the best of vintage vibes to today’s recording.
Eighteen features a mic preamp with Cinemag input and output transformers and two BLA1831 discrete op-amps, as well as a passive program EQ with a custom Cinemag inductor. In spite of that, this channel strip’s preamplifier circuit is not just another clone, but rather an homage built to pay proper tribute to one of the most classic designs in the world. This is exactly why Black Lion Audio developed the BLA1831 — a customized, discrete op-amp created through an extensive period of component testing to deliver great vintage tone while still matching a noise floor that is akin to modern equipment.
Eighteen can be described as having a punchy midrange with a buttery-smooth top and bottom end. It also brings an impressive, original passive inductor-based equalizer featuring a custom-made Cinemag inductor to the musical proceedings, one that both discerning ears and those new to pro audio are sure to appreciate. As such, the results are amazing — a quiet and ultra-flexible equalizer that packs all of the vibes of anyone’s favorite program-style EQs.
Made in the USA
Black Lion Audio designs, engineers, assembles and tests each unit by hand in the USA.
Availability and Pricing
Eighteen Channel Strip is expected to ship through Black Lion Audio’s growing global network of dealers/distributors before the end of January 2020 with a MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) of $899.00 USD.