Once in a while a plugin or a piece of gear comes along that just blows you away and I've had just that experience with the awesome Blackbird N105 V2 Channel Strip from Kit Plugins.
I've reviewed a lot of analogue emulating plugins this year and on the whole been so impressed with the quality that's available but this one takes everything to a new level. Simply dropping it on a channel improves the sound with a joyous analogue warmth and sweetness that will make you smile. It just sounds great. Add to that it's ease of use and flexible functions, Kit Plugins have a really exciting and desirable plugin on their hands and grabs the prize for my favourite plugin of 2021.
“Add to that it's ease of use and flexible functions, Kit Plugins have a really exciting and desirable plugin on their hands and grabs the prize for my favourite plugin of 2021.
The Neve 8078 console in Studio A of Blackbird Studios in Nashville has an impressive lineage. It was designed and built in the 1970s for Motown, and has since been owned by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan before finding its current home with John McBride at Blackbird. On acquiring the console, John set about customising the desk to fulfil the needs and requirements of a modern studio. The console’s classic sound can be heard on a diverse range of artists, such Neil Young, Alice in Chains, Dolly Parton, Megadeth, Kings of Leon, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and many more.