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Black Lion Audio Seventeen 500

Black Lion redesigns the Seventeen for 500 series  ·  Source: Black Lion Audio


Classic sensibility meets modern utility with the Black Lion Audio Seventeen 500, the popular 1176-style limiting amplifier is now available as a 500-series module.


There are many FET compressors around offering similar features, so let’s find out what makes the Seventeen 500 stand out from the crowd.

Black Lion Audio Seventeen 500

With Black Lion’s proprietary decoupling, the Seventeen 500 provides a low-noise floor and the IC-based front-end circuit creates a clean, modern overall sound.

However, when you push the input harder and begin to compress the signal more severely, the resultant sound bears a far more vintage character. So you can add colouration whenever you need to.

As much of the circuitry behaviour of the original 1176LN Rev C, D, and E versions came alive when they were used with vigor, it makes sense to incorporate this feature in a similar fashion instead of a “vintage switch.”

Black Lion Audio Seventeen 500

Front panel.

The Seventeen also has features beyond the scope of the original with additions like the adjustable sidechain HPF with settings at 100 and 200 Hz. In addition, the mix knob allows easy parallel compression and there is a stereo link feature.

Overall, Black Lion has recreated the Seventeen in a way that suits modern music production workflows and becomes versatile enough to use in a wide scope of applications.


Whether you want vintage tone colour or not, it can still become an essential part of your setup for tracking and mixing, and the price makes getting a pair of Seventeens a viable reality:

Pricing and availability:

The Seventeen 500 will be soon from your favourite retailer at a price of $499 MSRP.

More about the Black Lion Audio Seventeen 500:


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Black Lion Audio Seventeen 500

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