Remodel DAWs Into an Analog Mixing Consoles with Lindell Audio 50 Series

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

The Lindell Audio 50 Series are a great set of hardware emulations that combine Brainworx’s component modeling to create the perfect couple. The result is a stunning set of classic hardware that looks and sounds great.

The build quality is top-notch and the included software is easy to use and intuitive. The sound quality is superb and the ability to model different components is a real bonus. The price is very reasonable and I would highly recommend this product to any musician or audio engineer.

Transforming DAWs into an Analog Mixing

The tight and powerful sound of API® consoles, preamps, and EQs have made them some of the world’s favorites for creating professional-sounding drums, guitars, synths, and more with attitude and presence.

Thanks to Brainworx-patented TMT, users of the Lindell Audio 50 Series can now access the most convincing model of these classic consoles to date, including the slight channel-to-channel variances in the values of their analog components.

API’s consoles, preamps, and EQs have a tight and powerful sound that has made them some of the world’s favorites for creating professional-sounding drums, guitars, synths, and more with attitude and presence.

The Lindell 50 Series

The Lindell 50 Series provides you with an array of choices in the dynamics and EQ sections, allowing you to swap in your favorite style of these classic 500-series modules. Use them on buses or individual tracks. The Lindell 50 Series provides you with an array of choices in the dynamics and EQ sections, allowing you to swap in your favorite style of these classic 500-series modules.

Use them on buses or individual tracks. With the Lindell 50 Series, you can choose from a wide selection of dynamics and EQ modules, each with its own unique sound.

Whether you’re looking for a clean and transparent sound or something more aggressive, the Lindell 50 Series has a module to suit your needs. And because the modules are fully interchangeable, you can experiment with different combinations to find the perfect sound for your project. So if you’re looking for a console that provides you with ultimate flexibility, the Lindell 50 Series is a perfect choice.

Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT)

Thanks to Brainworx’s patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT), you can now access the most convincing model of these classic consoles ever, including the slight channel-to-channel variances in the values of their analog components.

With TMT, you can dial in the exact sound you’re looking for with incredible precision and detail. Whether you’re after the classic API sound or looking to create something new, TMT gives you the ability to craft your perfect tone.

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Remodel DAWs Into an Analog Mixing Consoles with Lindell Audio 50 Series
  • 32 different TMT (US Patent No. 10,725,727) channel emulations in one plugin, just like a real console
  • Switch between 3 different EQs modeled after the most popular 500-series lunchbox designs
  • Switch between 2 different compressors, VCA, and FET.
  • Emulation of classic API® noise gate and expander
  • Capture the full, tight, and punchy tone of the classic API preamps, with automatic gain compensation
  • Continuously variable THD and Virtual Gain controls to add colorful saturation and/or simulated analog noise independently or globally
  • Scalable UI to adapt to your screen size and workflow
  • Loaded with plenty of useful presets to give you a starting place for finding your sound

Transform your DAW into an analog desk

There’s a tight and powerful sound to API® consoles, preamps, and EQs that have made them some of the world’s favorites for creating professional-sounding drums, guitars, synths, and more with attitude and presence. Thanks to Brainworx’s patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT), you can now access the most convincing model of these classic consoles ever, including the slight channel-to-channel variances in the values of their analog components. 

 Plugin Alliance, supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce the availability of 50 Series — the latest product from Swedish plugin partner Lindell Audio, transforming Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) into an analog mixing console like no other by capturing the legendary sound of API®# as a dual (console channel strip and buss) plugin with patented Tolerance Modeling Technology (Brainworx Audio’s Tolerance Modeling Technology (TMT) is protected under the following patent: US Patent No. 10,725,727) officially licensed from Brainworx bringing to light the most convincing model of these classic consoles to date.

A Universe of Choices

https://www.strongmocha.com/2022/04/21/best-eq-plugins/Creatively, the Lindell Audio 50 Series does more than just model a single console by providing an array of choices in its dynamics and EQ sections. Ultimately, users can simply switch in their favorite flavor of the classic 500-series modules modeled; moreover, they can also be used on busses or individual tracks.

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Remodel DAWs Into an Analog Mixing Consoles with Lindell Audio 50 Series

Several EQ options

Conveniently choose between three classic EQs — the semi-parametric 50A EQ for three-band processing, the 50B for four bands, and the 60 as a precision graphic EQ for radically reshaping sounds in a way that is as transparent and flexible as it is fun.

Equalization is a key part of any audio signal processing setup, and the right EQ can make all the difference in getting your sound just right. With that in mind, let’s take a look at three classic EQs from Waves Audio. The first is the semi-parametric 50A EQ, which offers three-band processing for shaping your sound. Next is the 50B EQ, which adds an extra band for even more flexibility.

Finally, there’s the 60 Graphic EQ, which provides a precision tool for radically reshaping sounds. Each of these EQs has its own strengths and weaknesses, so it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you and your application. Whichever you choose, you can be sure that you’re getting a high-quality EQ that will help you get the perfect sound.

Two Awesome Compressors

The VCA compressor models API’s high-end 2500 series compressor, with additional controls to improve upon the original. Meanwhile, the included FET compressor got the tone, simplicity, and ease of use of the original 500 series, as it is modeled after the famous API 525 compressor.

The VCA also has a sidechain filter that can be set to lowpass, bandpass, or highpass. This allows the user to control what frequencies are being compressed. The VCA also has a makeup gain control, which allows the user to make up for any lost volume due to compression. Overall, the VCA compressor is a great option for those who want the classic API sound with some added features.

Finally, the VCA compressor models the high-end 2500 series compressor of API®, with additional controls to improve upon the original. On top of that, the included FET compressor nails the tone, simplicity, and ease of use of the original 500 series since it is modeled after the acclaimed API® 525 compressor.

Clearly, then, the Lindell Audio 50 Series far from falls short of the mark, with a fanciful feature set well worth highlighting here: 72 different TMT channel emulations in one plugin — just like a real console; three switchable EQs modeled after the most popular 500- series lunchbox® designs; two switchable compressors; classic API® noise gate and expander emulation; classic API® preamp tone capture — full, tight, and punchy — with automatic gain compensation; continuously variable THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and virtual GAIN controls to add colorful saturation and/or simulated analog noise independently or globally; and scalable UI (User Interface) to adapt to different screen sizes and workflows, with users also benefitting from plenty of preloaded presets providing a useful starting point for finding their sound.

High-Quality Audio Processing Tools

With the release of 50 Series, API is continuing its tradition of delivering high-quality audio processing tools that are both powerful and easy to use. Channel is a fully-featured channel strip that includes a preamp, EQ, compressor, expander/gate, and master section.

It’s easy to get the sound you’re looking for with three different EQ options and two different compressors to choose from. And Buss is a great choice for those who need a simple but effective summing plugin.

The Inclusion of Adjustable Harmonic Distortion

The inclusion of adjustable harmonic distortion in the preamp and line amp stages is a great feature that allows you to get the sound you want.

The main menu provides op-amp clipping options (Hard, Soft, and Off), as well as options for circuit noise (On/Off) and oversampling (2x to 16x). You can also choose the plugin side-chain target (gate/expander or compressor). This flexibility gives you a lot of control over your sound and allows you to get the perfect tone for your tracks.

Additional Presets

Brad Divens Lindell 50 Series Presets

Legal Disclaimer: The Lindell Audio 50 Series plugin was developed by Brainworx and Lindell Audio using their own modeling techniques, studying original products from API®. The names 500-series, API, and 2500 are trademarks of Automated Processes, Inc. which is unaffiliated with Brainworx. Automated Processes, Inc. has not licensed any intellectual property for use in the Lindell Audio 50 Series, nor have they endorsed or supported the 50 Series in any manner.

The Lindell Audio 50 Series is available for purchase (as an AAX AudioSuite-, AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3-supporting plugin for macOS 10.9 through 11.01 and Windows 7 through 10) at an attractive introductory price of $299.99 USD — rising thereafter to an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $349.00 USD

Conclusion

Plugin Alliance’s Lindell Audio 50 Series is the latest offering from the Lindell Plugins/LSR Audio collaboration, and it follows a similar path to their Neve-style 80 Series. The 50 Series is a set of plugins that combine excellent modeling with Brainworx’s Tolerance Modelling Technology (TMT).

TMT is a technology that allows for tighter tolerances in modeling, resulting in more accurate recreations of classic hardware. The Lindell Audio 50 Series includes classic 1950s and 1960s gear emulations, including the Neve 1073 and the API 312. These plugins sound great on a wide variety of sources, from vocals to electric guitars.

The 50 Series includes two API-style compressors based on two classic units – the 525 FET and the 2500 VCA. The 50 Series VCA really captures the spirit of these wonderfully flexible units.

With switchable feedforward and feedback topologies, it’s easy to get highly responsive behavior perfect for snappy drums and punchy vocals or to achieve a more vintage glue effect perfect for mixes and sub-mixes.

The Niveau Control is a great mixing and mastering tool that can really help you get the most out of your tracks. The sidechain EQ options allow you to finetune the sound of your tracks, and the knee settings let you control how much of the track is affected by the sidechain EQ.

We really like this module, but it’s worth saying it’s not quite as flexible as the original hardware, which includes two sidechains EQs and three knee settings. However, the Niveau Control is still a great tool for any producer or engineer looking to get the most out of their tracks.

While there are many different types of EQs on the market, we particularly like parametric EQs for their versatility. They can be used to add crack to beats and snares, body to basses and kicks, and all-around sparkle.

While they may not be able to perform surgical tasks or notch out nasty frequencies, the chosen frequencies work so well that it’s easy to see why the original designs remain so popular. In addition, parametric EQs allow you to adjust the bandwidth of the applied frequency, which can be very helpful in fine-tuning your sound.

API’s 50 Series provides emulations of key API processors coupled with some very handy extras. These include TMT, adjustable op-amp clipping, and harmonic distortion.

The 50 Series may not be endorsed by the original manufacturer and a couple of the hardware features are omitted. However, this is one of the best API-inspired emulations we’ve used. It brings together the classic sound in an easy-to-use package.

The 50 Series is a great addition to any studio, providing a wealth of options for shaping sound. If you’re looking for high-quality, accurate models of classic hardware, the Lindell Audio 50 Series is worth checking out.

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