AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio
Old 3rd December 2010
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

Received an email a few days ago about their new AGB compressor. Their own wording says it pays homage to the 33609, the picture in the email of the unit was red, but now on their site it looks like the image has been removed. I was just surprised to find zero buzz concerning a new comp with mention of those 5 digits....and i am sick in bed with the flu and bored...
Old 4th December 2010
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Sounds interesting. I think there are 6 transformers in the audio path. The price is great. Now if I could just hear it in action.


"Introducing another member of the BLA product line: the AGB Compressor. An homage to the venerable Neve 33609, the AGB is a two-channel diode compressor and limiter housed in a 2U rack mount chassis. Imagine a quick, responsive, low-noise compressor with powerful control features. It does everything from smooth and easy compression to weird rhythmic clicks to funky envelope tricks. It's insanely fast and doesn't choke when you really push it. Strap it across your drum bus and smash away. Give your snare a nice, dense crack. Use it for program material. The slower attack mode is great for vocals. Whatever you use it on, you’ll find it does the job well, and without raising the noise floor.
So where does our design differ from the original? For one, the signal path is a fully balanced, opamp-based circuit. While we’re using rotary potentiometers instead of stepped potentiometers, we’ve given you more control over things like input level and attack time. Like the original, the AGB uses input, interstage, and output transformers."
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Old 4th December 2010
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

Very interested in how well this would work on 2 bus

Price ain't too shabby either
Old 4th December 2010
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Great price! Lets get a direct response from a current user!
Old 4th December 2010
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Great price! Lets get a direct response from a current user!
Yes, but it might be a bit of a wait as it was only announced 3 days ago - and is so new, in fact, BLA don't have a picture of it on their website product page yet
Old 4th December 2010
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

Check out black lion's Facebook page - they have been doing a bunch of updates on their new gear

I do believe they have sold a good few of the agb comps (thought I saw something about the first couple shipping out)

Could be really fun for a parallel drum bus or the mix bus
Especially tempting with that black lion price point
Though I would like to hear it a/b'd with the vintech and neve equivalents
Old 5th December 2010
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WOW! I can't wait to read some reviews on this. I'm hoping the regular (non-introductory) price is $1K, as I won't be able to swing this for a little while. If they managed to get the same 'vibe' as the Neve (or Vintech) then I'm sold. This would be THE affordable drum buss compressor.

EDIT: Just noticed it already says the "regular price of $995"....STOKED.
Old 5th December 2010
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Yes, but it might be a bit of a wait as it was only announced 3 days ago - and is so new, in fact, BLA don't have a picture of it on their website product page yet
Hmm I do see on the FB that people have had them for a few weeks so... SPILL THE BEANS!!!
Old 6th December 2010
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Is it fixed attack? Any specs?
Old 8th December 2010
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cant believe not more excitement about a stereo Neve style compressor for $900 from a company known for good design at a price point...
Old 8th December 2010
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This would be THE affordable drum buss compressor.
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Overstayer....
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Old 8th December 2010
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Overstayer....
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While I think the Overstayer is a great option (only going on files posted here) I still think this piece from Black Lion might fit my asthetic more when it comes to drumbuss compression..... that is... if they've managed to get a 'neve' vibe going on. The Overstayer (to my ears... again, just going on posted files) is a pretty raw, dirty, power unit that would probably see more use when I want to dirty something up, or get something more 'in your face'..., where I'm hoping this AGB unit will be a little more smooth, gushy, and warm when I want to fit something 'in the pocket'.

Obviously I'm going all on speculation here.....
Old 8th December 2010
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Grab a BLA and I'll bring my Overstayer over and we'll try 'em both out.
Old 8th December 2010
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Grab a BLA and I'll bring my Overstayer over and we'll try 'em both out.
yeah...if they don't null we need both right?
Old 9th December 2010
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Grab a BLA and I'll bring my Overstayer over and we'll try 'em both out.
Well I'm pretty broke at the moment (just bought a house.... and of course that means we need new everything.... towels.... welcome mats... a thousand tubes of caulk!!, etc.)...., but I do have a birthday coming up... and there's also Christmas... so I'm hoping I'll be able to get one (AGB) in a couple months tops. I'll let you know because I would LOVE to do some kind of A/B with your Overstayer.
Old 10th December 2010
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Just got mine in yesterday. Will be mixing a project in the next few days and am excited to put it through the paces.

I hooked it up last night and was very impressed though at just tossing it in over some guitar stems.
Old 10th December 2010
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yeah...if they don't null we need both right?
Old 12th December 2010
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black lion rocks - strongly interested slut, am I? price is just great if it should be something around neve stuff
Old 13th December 2010
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

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Originally Posted by mdsounds
Just got mine in yesterday. Will be mixing a project in the next few days and am excited to put it through the paces.

I hooked it up last night and was very impressed though at just tossing it in over some guitar stems.
Any more thoughts on this?
Old 15th December 2010
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and?
Old 15th December 2010
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????????????????
Old 15th December 2010
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This looks awesome. Can't wait.
Old 15th December 2010
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Sorry guys. Internet has been down for a few days.

I had to wait a long time for mine, but it was worth it.

Sounds killer on a drum bus
and and really great on guitar stems.

Really warm with out muddying things up.

It is an extremely musical piece of gear... the limiting function is killer as well.

I will try to post some stuff in the next few days.

IMO you can't beat it for the $$$
Old 22nd December 2010
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Any more feedback on this comp?
Old 28th December 2010
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

Any more impressions???
Thinking of doing one of these and a overstayed pretty soon....
Old 28th December 2010
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

I'm interested in this too! Does the AGB allow limiting and comp at the same time? Would this be a handy 2 in 1 mastering tool? I would consider buying the eq rack and the AGB if it is what I may be after
Old 31st December 2010
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Can somebody get some audio samples up?
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Old 2nd January 2011
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not sure when all the info went up but thought id post the link for those interested. By the looks of it, you can have the limiter and compressor running together.

Black Lion Audio | Black Lion Audio AGB Compressor
Well you'd think so, considering this is modeled after the 33609.
Old 2nd January 2011
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AGB compressor from Black Lion Audio

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Well you'd think so, considering this is modeled after the 33609.
Well someone earlier asked if it could work like that...
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