A new take on a classic Sound
Lindell Audio's 7X-500 is an emulation of Lindell Audio's one-channel compressor/limiter that uses a field-effect transistor (FET) feedback design. This plugin is Lindell Audio’s take on the classic ”1176® Sound”. Use the 7X-500 with moderate settings to gently tighten up pads, or crank the ratio to 100:1 and slam it on your drum bus to achieve an iconic rock and roll effect.

Aggressive transient control and edgy distortion
Some compressors struggle to clamp down on aggressive source material like rap and metal vocals, but not the 7X-500. When you use fast attack and release settings, the 7X-500 will respond like lightning to incoming audio information. By pushing this compressor hard, you can introduce edgy distortion to your mixes; a great fit for amped-up electric guitars.

A faithful emulation with extra features
The 7X-500 delivers the same versatile sound as the original hardware unit, but it includes new and exclusive features. There's a high-pass sidechain filter and Mix control that you can use to apply parallel compression to tracks without creating send effects. Additional plugin-only features include stereo operation, continuously variable attack and release controls, along with an Analog button that introduces noise, hum, and transformer saturation to your signal.

Legal Disclaimer: 1176 is a registered trademark of Universal Audio Inc. The Lindell 7X-500 was developed by Lindell Audio based on its own modeling techniques. Universal Audio has not endorsed or sponsored the 7X-500 in any manner, nor licensed any intellectual property for use in this product.


  • Faithful hardware circuit emulation of the Lindell Audio 7X-500 compressor.
  • FET feedback compressor with classic 1176 sound.
  • Mix control for parallel compression.
  • 3-step or continuous attack time.
  • 3-step or continuous release time.
  • High-pass sidechain filter.
  • 3-step ratio: 4:1, 12:1 or 100:1.
  • Transformer balanced output.
  • Adjustable stereo link.
  • Optional analog warmth and nonlinearities via a switch.
  • 20-segment LED gain reduction meter.

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Dylan “3-D” Dresdow

    Dylan “3-D” Dresdow

    Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Usher, David Guetta, FloRida

    From the twacky knock of the compressor, to the schweet top end on the eq, you’ll be hard pressed to find tools in this price range that will expand your toolbox as much as these… Read More

  • Those Random Boys

    Those Random Boys

    Dj Duo

    The Lindell 7X-500 Plugin is our new favorite plugin to add knock and fattnes to our productions. The ChannelX has lived on our mix-busses now for the past couple of singles. Best analog plugin… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • Lindell Audio 7X-500

    by Dubcats
    This is a fantastic sounding compressor that I use for vocals and drums all the time. It keeps the clarity of the vocals but adds some energy and excitement. You can add punch to drums and it… Read More
  • Very nice master FET limiter feedback buss compressor

    by FET feedback compressor
    Very nice master FET mix limiter feedback drum buss compressor, for mixing and mastering for to glue multitracks all together with punch and clarity limiting compression, I love the results of this… Read More

    by X_Thief
    I like the appearance very much. I think it's beautiful.
  • Amazing

    by Leo
    The best fet compressor. It works in a huge variety of source.
    the only problem i'm facing is the not resizable GUI. In my 4k monitor it's very small, I mean, really small.
  • Gran pegada

    by Gabriel
    Gran pegada y versatilidad


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
macOS 14 down to macOS 11
Windows 11 down to Windows 10

Intel or Apple Silicon architecture

x64-compatible CPU

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM




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Lindell 7X-500 - Changelog

Version 1.2.2 (Mar 23, 2023)
- Apple Silicon Support for AAX

Version 1.2.1 (Feb 24, 2023)
- Apple Silicon support for AU and VST2/3

Version 1.2 (Oct 26, 2015)
- Fixed factory presets for VST3
- Fixed RTAS compatibility issues on Windows
- Improved ICON mapping

Version 1.1 (Sep 1, 2015)
- Release version