Those looking for a virtual Neve 8028 to get their analog fix in-the-box could do far worse than the Lindell 80 Series. Freshly unveiled, the maker of this collection claims faithful emulations of the modules that launched Rupert Neve into pro audio stardom and imprinted their characteristic sound on countless records since 1969.
More specifically, Lindell Plugins has recreated the famous 1073 mic preamp, the 1084 pre/EQ, the 2254 compressor/limiter, and 1272 line amplifier. Placing the modules on as many as 32 audio channels replicates the component tolerances and crosstalk from the original hardware to get you that fabled sound in your DAW.
Whether Lindell has succeeded, well, you know brainworx, right? The latter’s patent-pending Tolerance Modeling Technology is at play here, bringing the virtual Neve board to life in digital. This also explains workflow similarities between Lindell and the bx_console plug-ins line.
The closest competitor to Lindell 80 is brainworx’s own bx_console N. This one is modeled after a 72-channel Neve VXS desk, a rare one that looks and sounds different than the vintage 8020. Instead of individual modules, it models the whole channel strip, which includes a Compressor/Limiter, a full-featured Expander/Gate, a 4-band EQ, and wide-ranging High Pass and Low Pass filters. bx_console N is also more expensive, at USD 299. However, both Lindell and brainworx utilize the latter’s Tolerance Modeling Technology to calculate tolerances between individual modeled components. So that’s two faithful-sounding virtual Neves for the Brit sound lovers.
Price and availability
Lindell Audio 80 Series is currently on sale for USD 200, down from USD 250. A 14-day free trial is available and the plug-in works on macOS and Windows computers in AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3 formats. macOS Catalina 10.15 is not officially supported at this time.