Inspired by one of the largest API Legacy consoles to ever be built, this revered console has been the catalyst for numerous chart-topping records, all within the confines of one of Nashville’s most coveted recording spaces.
Designed to embody every nuance of character and charm, BB A5 was built to replicate everything John McBride loves about his consoles. The A5 is more than a scientific model, it captures the feel and emotion of the original hardware, transporting the analog world into your DAW.
BB A5 was driven by our commitment to building “real-world models,” to mirror the operational and sonic essence of its physical counterpart.
"The API Legacy is a major part of Blackbird. It was important that the BB A5 capture the sound and vibe of the hardware as a whole, not just one of the channels. My first experience with the plugin was shooting it out with the real thing and I was ecstatic with how close it was. The BB A5 replicates the feel of the desks in Studio B and D beautifully."-John McBride
Founder, Blackbird Studio
The A5 is a very welcome addition to my own mixing. All 3 of the classic eq styles in one plugin with easy access hi/lo pass filters is a big deal to me. Add the mic pre “weight” to that and you can’t go wrong.
It’s absolutely gorgeous sounding. The first plugin, in my opinion to nail the proper API sound.
I immediately go to the kick and take away a little 500 Hz and add a little 63 Hz. I’ve always loved the API Legacy console and this plugin replicates it beautifully. It sounds like I’m in D!
The 55A 3-Band EQ, based on the revered 550A, encapsulates the very essence of the hardware's signature warmth, musicality, and surgical precision – qualities that have solidified its position as one of the most esteemed EQs in history. Each band of the original EQ has been meticulously recreated, ensuring that every curve, every frequency adjustment, and every tonal shift preserves the integrity of the original's unique sound character.
This 4-band EQ stands as an enduring cornerstone within the audio landscape, celebrated for its unparalleled ability to infuse depth, clarity, and warmth into a diverse range of audio sources. The 4-band 55L EQ is a digital counterpart that seamlessly transfers the heart and soul of this sought after hardware directly into your digital realm. With each knob turn and frequency adjustment, the essence of the original hardware is captured, ensuring an authentic experience that resonates with every sonic twist.
The 56L EQ stands as a true tribute to this legendary 10-band graphic EQ, a classic from the consoles of the 1960s and 1970s, embodying the highly coveted and unmistakable sound that has captured the hearts of audiophiles worldwide. The 56L EQ opens up a treasure trove of possibilities for honing and enriching audio with corrective precision and creative transformation. This EQ provides the finesse needed to refine every sonic detail, striking the perfect tonal balance, and unveiling those subtle intricacies hidden within any recording.
All names, logos and trademarks of studio equipment and/or accessory brands, including API, are the property of their respective manufacturers and are in no way affiliated with KIT Plugins or its affiliates. API was not involved in the making of this product, nor do they endorse it. This plugin was made by KIT Plugins and John McBride at Blackbird Studio to represent the unique sound and quality of Blackbird. The names, logos and trademarks used are only for the purpose of identifying the hardware chain that was used to create this product.