Lindell Audio 354E Mastering Compressor Released –
This gorgeous, multiband, Mid-Side mastering compressor has just been released by Lindell Audio – a solid member of Plugin Alliance. Based on the vintage Neve® 2254ETM diode bridge compressor, Lindell Audio have carefully replicating its distinctive behavior and rich, creamy, Olde Worlde® character. The 354E plugin pairs that vintage vibe with modern utility as a must-have multiband marvel — modelling that famous vintage diode bridge compressor across each of its three (LOW, MID, HIGH) independent frequency bands with adjustable crossover frequency bands (for honing in on where compression is needed most).
Also present is an independent, five-step RATIO — ranges from 1.5:1 (for mastering and master-bus compression) through to 6:1 (for shaping individual tracks); switchable NUKE mode (for over-compressing tracks to dramatic effect); LINK (Mid-Side) mode (for focusing compression on mid or side channel — or in stereo — for surgical precision); SIDECHAIN/HPF (to lend greater punch to compressed drums, bass guitar, and other bass-heavy instruments); switchable NIVEAU filter (for tilting SIDECHAIN/HPF frequency response towards bass energy preservation — perfect for achieving an awesome API® ‘thrust’ compression effect); MIX control (to promptly provide parallel processing — perfect for blending radically compressed signal with pristine dry input when working with drums,
adding density to rock guitars, and more); M/S (link) and SOLO for each frequency band; adjustable, wide-ranging ATTACK and RECOVERY (release) controls ranging from a blazing-fast 2 μS (two-millionths of a second) attack time (for radical compression) to AUTO release (for artefact-free processing); optional AUTO makeup GAIN for each band; two-way dB meter (displays I/O and gain reduction levels in turn — internal operating levels can be calibrated in nine 1dB steps for precise mastering applications); resizable user interface and up to 16x oversampling for digital precision in any environment. It also claims to be “…one of the fastest software compressors available, capable of shaping sounds in extreme ways with which most contemporaries cannot compete.”
The 354E is available for purchase — as AAX Native-, AU-, VST2-, and VST3- for both Mac OS X (10.8 through 10.12), Windows (7 through 10), and Pro Tools 10.3.10 (or higher) from here for a time-limited introductory promo price of $129 USD (121€, rising to $199 USD 187€) thereafter.
(Note that owners of 254E qualify for a special introductory price of $79 USD (74€) via an email voucher valid throughout April 2017.)