A fantastic-sounding plugin with a couple of drawbacks.
This is a phenomal-sounding compressor, just like the 254E. It's tasty, punchy, and feels quite "analog" (whatever that really means!) to me. I use it all over the place, from busses to my master, as appropriate. Here are my issues: 1. You can't see the values of what you're adjusting. For precise post-production (and music!) music, this is a must-have feature that should be there like it is in many other PIA plugins. 2. The limitations of the original should be improved, i.e. the threshold should be freely adjustable instead of just in 2dB steps, and the gain as well for smaller adjustment than 1dB. In the modern day of computing, this is the advantage we have and it should be fully utilized, again as it is in many other PIA plugins. 3. Background noise should be switchable off. Noise a cute feature but should absolutely be optional.
Wow, I guess I did need another compressor...
I would love to knock off a point for the omission of external sidechain support; but this plugin sounds so damn good, I really couldn't justify it. The 354E definitely sounds like Neve analog hardware and is probably the only plugin I own that can deliver the sort of subharmonic warmth that is so elusive in the box. I have other great multi-band compressors, and this one still blew my socks off. Well done, Lindell and Plugin Alliance. 354E is an instant classic in my book.
by Alex Hepting
I like this one a lot, there is no need to eq match if utilized in niveau mode for an equal frequency response according human hearing. Especially the oversampling makes a real difference. The only weak part in this emerald is the sidechain - any choice which band you only have a free range. The bx opto has solved it better. Sounds more focused. Not sure if an inverse phase option for each band makes any difference. Speciality: vocals, mixdowns.
one of the best!
by rick drumss
this is a cool one multi band compressor plugin on the market. i`m using it a lot on my drum bus. really love it!! thank you Lindell Audio i hope you keep this type of quality.
NUKE & NIVEAU
The sound of this compressor is best described with the words warm and aggressive. This massive box can push your drums for example like hell and pump them up for that super fat wall of sound! There is definitely a tendency towards more warm, analogue sounding results. If the compressor is not driven to hard it can also sound quite smooth and gentle. I enjoined the easiness to set all parameters for all bands. It really shines on acoustic drum busses and glues everything together perfectly. The 354E likes uncompressed and “raw” signals the best and there you can really add a lot of punch and drive to the mix. On already strong compressed mixes/ signals this compressor may be not the perfect choice. This can be heard on the second example of my short demo video. To warm up any signal like vocals, drums, digital synthesizers this device does it perfect. The mid/ side compression is very handy but I wish to have both at the same time. Maybe this is a feature that will come in a further update. Read more here: https://www.noizefield.com/reviews/review-lindell-354e
Beyond an emulation
With the 354E, Lindell Audio went beyond the standard emulation. They took advantage of the possibilities offered in the digital realm to make the plugin better than the hardware. It's simply the best software multiband compressor with a vintage vibe. By the way, the Nuke mode is a pretty smart addition !
So many options!
The 254E is great and does its one thing really well. But this new 354E multiplies that. It could have settled on just being a basic 3 band version, but the inclusion of selectable MS modes on all bands plus the excellent sounding 'Nuke' mode makes this multi-faceted. Plus the whole thing just sounds great!
Warm and smooth!
by First State
What a great sounding compressor! Very detailed and warm sounding with lots of control. A must have on the mix buss as it's glueing everything together so nicely. But it also does miracles on single channels like vocals, bass and lead synths. All together a really great and versatile compressor!!
Another great Plugin From Lindell. I Love how this plugs sits on my Drum Bus. Love Nuke mode on Room mics. Very versatile. Great Job guys. Chris z
Lindell Audio 354E
I already love the Lindell 225E and its part of every mix. So I did a comprehensive test of the new Lindell 354E. This is a multiband compressor with and M/S functionality. While it is a reliable tool with a awesome sound in the master channel it is a tool for many other purposes as well. I used it to shape kick drum, overhead, in instrument groups to add some grid and stereo wideness and for aggressive compression of drum room tracks. Just hit "nuke" and you are almost there. It features an easy to use interface with self explanatory elements. Presets give you a starting point and there are advanced features for high quality audio. The input reference can be set to match your internal gain stage. Default is -18 dbFS. This gives you nice harmonics over the complete frequency spectrum. You want more juice, hit it harder. And for the final master setup go to 16x oversampling for a unbelievable high end polish. Don`t believe me. Give it a try yourself. Thomas