BB N73


Capturing an Icon

From the KIT offices at Blackbird Studio, our engineers have worked hand in hand with John McBride and the Blackbird team to model not one, but twelve different 1073's. With John's guidance we were able to take our favorite characteristics from each unit to build the perfect channel.

Building a "Real World" Model

Each 1073® was hand selected from Blackbird's extensive collection, and painstakingly analyzed to ensure every audible detail was accounted for. In the KIT spirit of building "Real World" models, the BB N73 has been designed to sound and function just like the hardware in use at Blackbird. Everything from cables and modifications to age and irregularities have been factored in to the final product.

What the pros are saying

Joe Carrell

(10x Grammy-nominated Producer/Mixer)

This feels next level. After dialing in a bit of preamp gain and eq on multiple channels and then bypassing, I realized just how massive of an impact the 73 was having.

Albert “Lamont Sincere” Brown

(Motown Records, Cam Wallace, Wiz Khalifa)

That N73 red saturation knob on everything. Amazing GUI. Never leave home without this plugin.

Jonny Goode

(Producer/Mixer & Founder of Real Home Studio)

If you’re looking for a channel strip with characterful and colourful Neve® tones that allows you to mix with musicality and intuitive workflow stop here, you’ve found it.


(Producer, Sound Designer, YouTuber)

I absolutely love the extra warmth and body it gives to a track after everything on the master buss. Just a slight increase with the red knob and the right amount of push from the low shelf EQ.

Authentic analog color

Using our award winning Full Range Modeling Technology, (FRM) our team of engineers developed the BB N73 channel strip to capture the sound and character of the original hardware we all know and love. 

FRM allows us to model the full frequency range from 10Hz - 96kHz giving the BB N73 all of the analog depth and color of the original gear.

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Presets to get you started

BB N73 comes with a collection of custom presets designed by some of the industry's best, including Joe Carrell and Albert “Lamont Sincere” Brown as well as our own KIT team.

Classic and Powerful

3 powerful bands of EQ at your fingertips to help carve the tone of your tracks. Featuring a beautifully designed, user-friendly interface that faithfully recreates the classic Neve® 1073® controls, the BB N73 offers unparalleled flexibility and versatility in your digital workflow. Whether you’re shaping the sound of individual tracks or crafting the perfect mix, the BB N73 delivers the rich, full-bodied sound that only a true vintage EQ can provide.

An Industry Standard

With its legendary, fully discrete Class-A design, the 1073® preamp provides a classic vintage tone that has been used on countless hit records across many genres. With its
meticulously modeled circuitry and authentic vintage character, the BB N73 delivers exceptional clarity and detail, while also adding a touch of subtle harmonic distortion that helps to bring out the true essence of the source material.

The Final Touch

Modeled after the output buss of a Neve® 8058 console, the final stage of the BB N73 offers additional subtle harmonic content and compression to get that weight and punch that’ll make seasoned Neve® users feel right at home. The amount of saturation and compression depends on how hard you drive into it, starting with subtle transient smearing, all the way to utterly squashing your track. This master buss may be all you need to take your mixes to the next level.

Try BB N73 free for 14 days

To demo, click the link below to get the free trial and enjoy for two weeks free!

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BB N73


• Console frequency response accurately sampled from 10Hz to 96kHz

• Auto Gain enhances usability: as you add gain on the mic pre, the fader level now adjusts the output automatically to maintain dB level

• Continuous Gain optionally removes the notched movement of the mic pre gain, giving you more control of gain level

• Tooltips display the exact amount (to the nearest tenth of a dB) of gain added or subtracted on each EQ band and mic pre

• Resizable 3D GUI: you can click and drag the bottom right corner to change the size of the plugin

• Fader Color: you can now change the color of the fader between black, silver, red, blue, and teal

• Oversampling: you can now adjust the sampling level from Low, Medium, and High for higher definition or to relieve your CPU of intensive processing

• Includes custom pro presets

• Full M-Series (ARM) support


• Free iLok License Manager and iLok account required

• No iLok USB dongle required

• iLok computer activation not supported, cloud and dongle only

• iLok 2 or 3 dongle are supported (not iLok 1)

• 4 GB RAM and 4 GB free disk space

• macOS 10.14 or later (64-bit, Intel and M-Series)

• Windows 7 or above (64-bit)

• 64-bit operating system

• Intel i3 or later

• AMD Quad-Core (Windows)


• VST3 (Steinberg Virtual Studio Technology 3)

• AU (macOS Audio Unit)

• AAX (Avid Audio Extension)

• Compatible with all major DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that support the formats mentioned above

• Supports mono and stereo signals

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All names, logos and trademarks of studio equipment and/or accessory brands are the property of their respective manufacturers and are in no way affiliated with KIT Plugins or its affiliates. None of the aforementioned name, logo or trademark owners were 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.