Black Lion Audio Bluey 500 FET Limiting Amplifier (500-Series Format)

CLA's go-to vocal compressor! Based on Chris Lord-Alge's "Blue Stripe" 1176, this Bluey packs all the mojo and grit of the original into a 500-series module.

Bluey 500 is the 500-series version of the lauded Black Lion Audio Bluey. The original "Bluey" is Chris Lord-Alge's not-so-secret weapon; the heavily-modified 2U compressor to the stars that's been heard on countless hits. Having undergone years of odd fixes, modifications, and upgrades, the original Bluey was a singular and unique piece of studio unobtainium until Black Lion Audio got their mitts and voltmeters on it.

After working with Chris to reverse-engineer untold years' worth of mods, component replacements, and upgrades, Black Lion Audio was able to make the legendary Bluey sound available to the world with the introduction of the original 2U Bluey compressor. Of course, they added a few features along the way without sacrificing what makes Bluey what it is. Black Lion firmly believe that everybody deserves a li'l Bluey in their life, so they're proud to bring the world another li'l Bluey the Bluey 500 ready to add that unmistakable blue-striped mojo to your 500-series rack. You get all the squeeze, heft, and grit of the original Bluey in just two 500-series slots a fraction of the original's footprint.


- 500-series recreation of Chris Lord-Alge's most prized 1176 used on every lead vocal he mixes.
- All the squeeze, heft, and grit of the original Bluey
- 2 Cinemag transformers; a recreation of the original UTC input transformer and a recreation of the original Reichenbach output transformer
- Wet/Dry mix knob ("Comp Mix") allows for parallel read more compression not available on the original
- Stereo-linkable
- Input and Output buffering taken directly from Chris Lord-Alge's console inserts
- Hand-tested, calibrated and QC'd in the USA.

Features and Sounds
To get the exacting detail that Chris Lord-Alge has enjoyed from the original Bluey, Black Lion not only used custom Cinemag transformers, they actually recreated his console's insert path and built it right into Bluey giving everyone the same console feel! Of course, they didn't stop there: Black Lion also added an active wet/dry mix for easy parallel compression, as well as a stereo link!

Bluey 500 was designed with a vintage-inspired PCB layout, 1% resistors, and polyester capacitors meaning that Bluey 500 is built to last! And like all Black Lion products, Bluey 500 is hand-tested, calibrated and QC'd in the USA.
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3.97 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BLUEY500

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 773-549-1885

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted January 5, 2024 by a customer from

"Amazing Compressor!"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I’m a professional musician and Home Recording engineer for many year. This is an amazing Compressor if you already like the Waves Plugin and know how to use it.
It sounds absolutely amazing! Very clean or dirty as needed.
Anything sounds fantastic on this thing! If you have a pair you can use as a Drum buss or stereo mixes. I love to play with it on everything! You can not go wrong with that one! I got the 500 series because it make sense to me to get another to pair.
Ease of Use
Very easy to use!
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