Black Lion Seventeen Lands Gear Of The Year Award 2019

Each December, audio industry experts at MusicTech raise their glasses in celebration of another year in recording technology innovation. The quality pro audio gear releases of 2019 proved so plentiful, in fact, that MusicTech ceremoniously upped their category count to 14 just to fit everything in!

This year SCV were enormously proud to see Black Lion Audio take the prize of Best Studio Outboard for their Seventeen mono FET compressor. 

Black Lion Audio's Seventeen, winner of the MusicTech GOTY 2019 Best Studio Outboard award

Seventeen made a notable splash amongst studios (both home and commercial) in 2019, offering a classic 1176 style limiting amplifier sound as well as a few handy modern features to drag the design up to date. In Black Lion’s own words, Seventeen is a spin on ‘what the 76 should have been.’

In their GOTY Awards presentation article, MusicTech praised the compressor’s versatile talents across a variety of different sources and applications:

This versatile solid-state compressor/limiters can be used for everything from unobtrusive levelling of vocals and bass to dramatic dynamic compression

The writers went on to unpack the various features that made the Seventeen unique amongst a plethora of 1176 copycats, most notably its flexible wet/dry mix control for New York-style parallel compression which is a rare and valuable tool amongst mono limiting amps.

Black Lion Audio reviewed in MusicTech magazine by John Pickford

MusicTech also included an excerpt from John Pickford’s fantastic Seventeen review from May 2019:

I’m able to create a multitude of kit sounds, ranging from tight and punchy at moderate compression settings to explosive, surging and pumping effects

John Pickford (Music Tech, May 19)

SCV are hugely proud to be supporting Black Lion Audio in the UK and can’t wait to sample their brand new outboard innovations set to hit the market in 2020. For further information on Seventeen and BLA, contact our pro audio sales team.

  • Posted on 3 January 2020 by Roy Brockington