Santa Cruz, CA (May 1, 2017)—Plugin Alliance has announced availability of the Lindell Audio 354E three-band M/S (mid/side) mastering compressor plug-in, a model of the classic Neve 2254E diode bridge compressor. It is AAX Native-, AU-, VST2- and VST3-format compatible.
According to Plugin Alliance promotional materials, the original 2254 mono compressor/limiter was released in 1969, for Neve’s 80 Series analogue consoles. Its input stage is based around an input transformer followed by a diode bridge, “relying on the dynamic resistance of the diodes changing with current provided by control voltage to act as a level control element.” Its compression attack time was fixed, though its third major revision, the 2254E, allowed for faster attack times.
Plugin Alliance partner Lindell Audio’s 354E plug-in features the original Neve’s vintage diode bridge compressor across each of its three (Low, Mid, High) independent frequency bands—Low, Mid and High—with adjustable crossover frequency bands.
Other features of the 354E include independent five-step Ratio—ranging from 1.5:1 through to 6:1; switchable “Nuke” mode (an over-compression effect); Link (Mid-Side) mode; Sidechain/HPF; switchable Niveau filter (for tilting Sidechain/HPF frequency response towards bass preservation); Mix control (for parallel processing); M/S (link) and Solo per frequency band; adjustable, Attack and Recovery; optional Auto (make up) Gain per band; two-way dB meter; a resizable GUI; and more.