Smooth, punchy glue, now in multiband form
With the release of the SBC, Lindell Audio provided an exacting emulation of the original API® 2500 compressor—one of the most popular stereo bus compressors of all time. Now, the new MBC brings this iconic analog bus compressor to the multiband domain.

Same great tone with extra power and flexibility
Transparent yet assertive, smooth yet punchy, this style of VCA compressor is a perennial favorite on mix bus, drums, vocals, bass, and any source that demands aggressive compression without compromising on tone. Now with three independent bands for separate compression of lows, mids and highs, the MBC solves even more problems and opens up more possibilities than its predecessors.

Easily split process your bass, get more transparent drum compression, and even greater vocal control
Just like the single-band version, the MBC is a must-have on the mix bus. But with its multiple bands, it does so much more: Use it to split process your bass, getting tight, well-controlled lows without over-compressing your mids. Add some control to the midrange of your drums without adding artifacts to your cymbals or weakening your kick drum. Give vocals plenty of squeeze without undue sibilance, and much more.

Unique features for custom-tailoring your compression
The MBC is full of features for adjusting the color of your compression, like Lindell’s added “SMASH” button for extra crush on drum tracks and vocal performances. A special sidechain filter circuit applies optional low cut and high boost to the compressor’s detector. You can even select between “feedforward” and “feedback” operation, or decide exactly how much the left and right channels should interact with each other.

Make masters and stems shine
In addition to being perfect for regular mixing, the multiband characteristics of the MBC make it even better suited to mastering applications and working from stems. When you are looking to solve problems and reshape sounds while adding some upfront and assertive character, the MBC has your back.

Legal Disclaimer: The Lindell MBC plugin was developed by Lindell Audio using their own modeling techniques, studying original products from API®. The names 500-series, API, 2500 are trademarks of Automated Processes, Inc. which is unaffiliated with Lindell Audio. Automated Processes, Inc. has not licensed any intellectual property for use in the Lindell MBC, nor have they endorsed or supported the MBC in any manner.


  • Faithful emulation of the API® 2500 compressor and 2520 Op Amp with three compressor bands: Low, Mid and High 
  • Flexible crossover selection for custom tailoring your frequency bands
  • A suite of useful presets for all major applications and instrument groups
  • Full variable wet/dry Mix knob 
  • Unique filter section provides the option of low cut and high boost for precisely targeted compression
  • Variable link between left and right channels
  • Select older "feed back" or more modern "feed forward" compression
  • Added “SMASH” option for even more aggressive compression
  • Selectable ratio, attack and release times
  • Soft, medium or hard knee for gentler or sharper compression tones
  • Auto and manual gain make up

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Joe Carrell

    Joe Carrell

    Mix / Recording Engineer

    Wow! One of my favorites gets even better. Loving this level of control over the attack and body on several sources. Very well done.

  • Steve Williams

    Steve Williams

    Producer / Writer (Eric Clapton, Sting, Rolling Stones)

    Loving the new MBC Multi-Band Compressor software. Woah! Awesome on vocals. Seems to make the vocal sound significantly stand forward of the mix. I will probably try it on most things now. I… Read More

  • Matty Amendola

    Matty Amendola

    Musician, Producer and Mixing Engineer (825 Records)

    The added features turn it into a playground for tone shaping and stereo imaging as well as a compressor with a squeeze we all know and love. I’m digging it on my drum buss.

  • Scott Chesak

    Scott Chesak

    Producer, Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist (Panic! At The Disco, Weezer, Lykke Li)

    The Lindell MBC is a great tool to have in your arsenal. The intuitive layout makes it a breeze to use.

  • Joost van den Broek

    Joost van den Broek

    Producer, Arranger & Mixer (Blind Guardian, Powerwolf, Ayreon)

    I'm a big fan of using multiband compression on both instruments and busses, but I could have never imagined I could do it with my 'to go to' buss compressor. This will be a new favourite plugin… Read More

Customer Reviews

  • reseña

    by vidal
  • very good

    by X_Thief
  • This is beyond amazing

    by dirtnoise
    At first, I wasn't sure if the Lindell API 2500 emulation would be this good, but I can confidently say that I am absolutely astounded by how incredible it sounds! It has the ability to make your… Read More
  • This compressor is a game changer!

    by Thetamusic
    The Lindell MBC is a game changer and works wonders on vocals.
    Actually, I didn't think I needed a new compressor. I use two SPL Irons in my vocal chain with different settings and am very… Read More
  • Game changer

    by Thai Son Beatbox
    I bought most of PA plugins and this is my first review. Because this thing becomes my new weapon for all my track. I totally recommend


Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, 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 MBC - Changelog

Version 1.0.3 (Sep 27, 2023)
- Updated parameter naming

Version 1.0.1 (Mar 23, 2023)
- Apple Silicon Support for AAX

Version 1.0 (Nov 16, 2022)
- Initial release