The Neve 8078 Console Studio A Blackbird Plug-in

If you’re a musician, producer, or singer-songwriter searching for the perfect studio experience, look no further than Blackbird Plugin’s Studio A. This is one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. The Neve 8078 console was featured on records by John Mayer, Kings of Leon, Taylor Swift, REM, and many more.

The BB N105 is a channel strip plug-in modeled after the legendary console in Studio A at Blackbird Studio. Designed by KIT Plug-ins in partnership with John McBride and his team, they crafted a genuinely musical plug-in that evokes emotion and inspires creativity, just as the legendary console does for many great artists.

Every detail restored, every modification rethought

The Neve 8078 console in Studio A at Blackbird is far from ordinary. After John McBride acquired the console for the studio, it underwent a massive restoration to bring it back to its former glory. The console received a series of modifications from some of the best minds in the audio industry, making it not unique but arguably the best example of its namesake ever to exist.

They carefully examined the console’s legendary channel, from factory schematics to studying how top producers and engineers use the console to understand better what made it special. The engineers carefully sampled the channel considering all factors – equalization, saturation, noise, distortion, depth and width, and musicality.

The mission was to create a plug-in that genuinely embodied the sound of recording in Studio A. To do this, they sampled the channel in the console running through master bus B. They captured the samples using John’s favorite A/D converters. The final result: They truly believe we have captured the sound of this Neve 8078 in all its glory!

In the world of music production, there are few consoles that rival Blackbird Studio’s Neve console. The studio’s iconic design is a staple in many studios. It has been used to create some of the best-selling albums ever made. John McBride and his team have created an emulation plug-in for Mac OSX/Windows called the BB N105 channel strip plug-in with KIT Plug-ins, modeled after their legendary console in Studio A at Blackbird Studios. This channel strip was designed with all musicians’ needs, from small solo artists to large bands recording live shows or home productions. The BB N105 is now available exclusively from KIT Plug-ins, so don’t wait – get your copy today!

Distribution Formats

The KIT, BB N105 plug-in, is distributed in VS3T (Steinberg Virtual Studio Technology 3), AU (macOS Audio Unit), AAX (Avid Audio Extension), and as a standalone application (.exe for Windows and .app for macOS). It is compatible with all the DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that support the formats previously mentioned. It supports mono and stereo signals.

Minimum System Requirements

  • 4 GB RAM and 4 GB free disk space
  • 64-bit operating system
  • Windows 7 or Windows 10
  • macOS 10.11 or later (Intel only, M1 not natively supported yet)
  • Intel i3 or later
  • AMD Quad-Core (Windows)
  • Apple M1 (ARM-based) processors are not tested yet
  • FREE iLok License Manager and iLok account required
  • Preferred DAW: Pro Tools
  • No iLok USB dongle required

Disclaimer: 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 Plug-insPlug-ins or its affiliates. None of those mentioned above name, logo, or trademark owners were involved in making this product, nor do they endorse it. This plug-in was created by KIT Plug-insPlug-ins and John McBride at Blackbird Studio to represent the unique sound and quality of Blackbird. The names, logos, and trademarks are used only to identify the hardware chain used to create this product.

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