Black Lion Audio Bluey: Blue Stripe Compressor based on Chris Lord-Alges Unit

Black Lion Audio continues to deal with hardware legends from the studios of the world. This time Bluey takes on the so-called Golden Unit from Chris Lord-Alge. This compressor is a special modification of 1176. At some point, fitting spare parts were missing, and since then the mixing expert has used this one.

Black Lion Audio Bluey Compressor FET Limiting Amplifier

With this BlackLion amplifier replica, the manufacturer now wants to “bring a piece of music history into the racks of other music producers”. The device is completely discrete and the board is based on the original design.

The CineMag transmitters are replicas of the original UTC input transmitters. A linear power supply is also located here. In addition to a precise meter display, the Bluey has a dry/wet controller. Parallel compression is quickly set. It’s a great feature.

Attack and release can be regulated continuously. The ratio is, as usual, available in four stages and in various combinations, including the popular “All buttons in possible”. That’s how it should be an 1176 clone!


  • Modified “Blue Stripe” compressor based on the “Golden Unit” by Chris Lord-Alge
  • Attack adjustable from 20 uS to 800 uS continuously
  • Release adjustable from 50 mS to 1200 mS continuously
  • Switchable Ratio 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1 and any possible combination
  • Stereo Link jack
  • Wet/dry control for parallel compression
  • Width: 438 mm (19”)
  • Height: 88mm (2U)
  • Depth: 250 mm
  • Weight: 8kg

Price and Availability

Black Lion Audio Bluey Compressor FET Limiting Amplifier has been priced at $799 and it can be pre-ordered through the online store.

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