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Blackbird’s Neve Modelled in New VST

Blackbird Studio And KIT Plugins Team Up To Release The BB N105 Channel Strip Plugin; Channel 21 of Nashville Studio Recreated.

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24 June 2021

Blackbird Studio and Nashville-based developer of audio tools KIT Plugins (KIT) have teamed up to release the BB N105 plugin, the first-ever channel strip emulation of the rare Neve analog console in Blackbird’s legendary Studio A. The emulation is the only one of its kind, bringing the cleanest and most pure sonic quality and sound of Studio A to modern DAWs. The BB N105 is the second release from Blackbird Studio and KIT Plugins following the Blackbird High Gain Profile Pack for Kemper.

The Neve console in Blackbird Studio A is far from ordinary and has been used to record countless albums by some of the most well-known, renowned music artists in the world. Originally built in the ‘70s, the console underwent massive restoration and received a series of modifications from some of the best minds in the audio industry, making it not only unique but one of the best examples of its namesake ever to exist. The engineers at KIT carefully sampled Channel 21, taking into account all of the factors that change the sound, running the signal through the unique Amp of master bus B, and capturing the samples using McBride’s favorite A/D converters.

“The sound of that Neve is special,” said McBride. “I’ve seen this happen numerous times where someone would bring their tracks in, the engineer set it up, the producer walked in and said, ‘What’d you do to get that sound?’ ‘Well, I just ran him through the console.’ They have their own colour.”

BB N105 Features:

  • Input switchable between Mic and Line just like the original analog equipment
  • Preamp saturation bypass for Preamp tone without unwanted distortion (Great for Mic modeling systems)
  • Four-band EQ with High and Low Pass Filters
  • Adjustable Output Gain and Phase flip
  • Analog On/Off to enable the analog noise generator modelled after the actual equipment and the ability to set the level of analog noise introduced into each track

The BB N105 Plugin runs on MAC and PC and is compatible with all DAWs that support the following formats; VST3 (Steinberg Virtual Studio Technology 3), AU (macOS Audio Unit), and AAX (Avid Audio Extension).

The BB N105 Plugin is available now for $99.99 with a voucher for a free subscription set to launch at a later date at KIT Plugins.

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