I was giddy from the moment the Channel plugin opened. This really could not sound more true, be more intuitive, or easy to craft your sound, or dramatically change it. There is so much to explore and play with and it’s always uniquely API. But with so much more. Another outstanding PA/Lindell classic channel masterpiece! Seriously stunning!
I really love the Lindell Audio 50 Series sound. It gives you that bite, that crunch, and a little bit of that modern punch.
The Lindell 50 has everything I need to shape the sound all in one plugin! Mixing just got easier.
The API2500 is my goto compressor for drums and on the mix bus. The Lindell API VCA compressor mimics the 2500 really well, especially when cranking the makeup gain to add some transformer warmth like the hardware unit. The gate feels quick to set up with no artifacts popping through like some gates have a tendency of doing. I can see myself using the Lindell 50 Channel on many of my future mixes.
The Lindell 50 is THE SOUND of American studio records in the '70s. This plugin delivers all that tone and actually improves upon it. Punchy, gritty, and colorful. It's great on everything from vocals to 808's.
The versatility of switching EQ/Compressors in a single channel strip like the Lindell 50 allows for a quick workflow in fast-paced recording environments.
This plugin is fantastic. Throwing it on distorted guitars or kick and snare gave me the upper mid immediacy and punch I would expect from running them through an actual API console. I also love the fact that I can swap through the various models of EQ and dynamics without having to leave the plugin, not to mention the fact that they retain their settings as I swap. Changing from the 50A to the 50B EQ to grab an extra band of EQ and not losing the work I'd already done was an incredibly pleasant surprise.
Jesse Ray Ernster
Rich.. detailed.. This is the definitive API channel strip. Many emulations have attempted to capture the essence of those vintage filter curves, but they always missed the mark with the non-linearities. I have always preferred the sound of API over other classic consoles because of the soft silky structure of the midrange harmonic content, and this plugin nails it!