Lindell Audio 7X-500 FET Compressor/Limiter

500 Series Rack Format FET Compressor/Limiter with Stepped Controls, Built-in Highpass Sidechain Filter, and True Bypass
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A Modern Take on a Classic Compressor

The Lindell 7X-500 compressor packages the sound of one of the most popular compressors of all time into a convenient and remarkably affordable API 500 Series rack module. This late '60s-style FET compressor/limiter may be small, but it still manages to pack all of the useful functionality you could ask for inside. There's a a highpass sidechain filter in the 7X-500, which lets you focus its response, and a mix knob lets you blend its wet and dry signals to taste. Overall, the Lindell 7X-500 is an amazing compressor for the money.

Lindell 7X-500 500 Series Rack Compressor at a Glance:
  • Simple controls make dialing in the perfect compression easy
  • Mix control lets you crush your sound, without losing definition
  • Highpass sidechain filter allows you to fine-tune your dynamics
Simple controls make dialing in the perfect compression easy

Ever try to dial in compression and get immediately slammed with option anxiety? "Did that attack sound better a 20ms or 25ms?" It's a serious issue that can trip you up and ruin your workflow. Lindell gets around this problem elegantly with the 7X-500, without robbing you of effective dynamics control. Instead of burdening you with knobs, you set the 7X-500's attack, release, and ratio with simple yet effective 3-way switches. Wether you're trying to punch up a bass track or mellow out some vocals, the Lindell 7X-500 is the right tool for the job.

Mix control lets you crush your sound, without losing definition

Here's another common scenario: you're trying to get an absolutely MASSIVE kick sound, so you crush the living snot out of that track, and just when you've giving it all the umph you need, you realize that the transient from the beater's completely buried in the mix. Normally, that's when you give a profound sigh, zero out your compressor, and start over from scratch. Lindell's 7X-500 compressor saves you that frustration with its mix control, allowing you to beef up your compression and the blend in the dry signal to bring back some of the original dynamics. So go ahead, set your 7X-500 to its 100:1 "all-in" mode and abuse your tracks. The mix function always brings you back to golden.

Highpass sidechain filter allows you to fine-tune your dynamics

Want to compress your snare sound, but the kick keeps pushing you over the threshold? No worries - the Lindell 7X-500 compressor's onboard highpass sidechain filter is ready to come to the rescue. With three settings to choose from (off, 100Hz, and 300Hz) it's easy to block out lows and reclaim your dynamics control. And best of all, you get all the benefits of sidechaining, without needing to patch external signal into your 7X-500.

Lindell 7X-500 500 Series Rack Compressor Features:
  • A powerful, affordable, and musical 500 Series format compressor
  • FET-based technology sounds eerily reminiscent of classic compressors from the late '60s
  • Variable mix control lets you blend compressed and uncompressed signal in parallel for maximum compression without losing transients
  • 3-step switched attack and release times make dialing in the perfect dynamics easy
  • 3-mode (off, 100Hz, and 300Hz) highpass sidechain filter lets you focus your dynamics
  • Choose from mild 4:1, heavy 12:1, and "all-in" 100:1 compression ratios
  • True-bypass hardware preserves your sound when bypassed
  • 20-LED gain-reduction metering lets you keep an eye on the mix
Add a Lindell 7X-500 compressor to your 500 Series rack!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
7X-500 Compressor Cue Sheet
7X-500 Compressor User Manual

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Controls Input, Output, Attack, Release, Compression Mix
Ratio 4:1, 12:1, 100:1
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz
Height 5.25"
Depth 7"
Width 1.5"
Manufacturer Part Number 7X-500

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 8 reviews
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5/5

More than just an affordable compressor

This isn't just a good comp for the price, it's a good comp period. I own several more expensive compressors icluding a real 1176. This is every bit as usable and vibey. depending on how you gian stage it, it can be pretty clean and transparant, or just a complete over the top crush fest. Build quality is fantastic, and all the switches and knobs feel very solid. A soon as I have the money, I'm going to purchase more for mixing.
Music background: musician, engineer,
5/5

lindell 7x 500 compressor

WELL BUILT, SOLID AND EASY TO USE . I RAN A SNARE THREW IT AND IT LIFTED OUT SOME "HIDDEN " TONES I WAS NOT AWARE OF.THE THE WET/DRY MIX CONTROL IS A DREAM ,IT BEATS THE OLD METHOD OR RECORDING A SIDE CHANNEL .I JUST BOUGHT 2 MORE FROM SWEETWATER AS AN OTHER REVIEWER STATED "WORTH EVERY PENNY " I CONCURE !!
Music background: FORMER MASTERING ENGINEER AT COLUMBIA / EPIC RECORDS
4.5/5

Smooth parallel compression in the 500 series format

I picked up a pair of these compressors and put it after a pair of Rupert Neve 511 preamps and before the Rupert Neve 551 inductor EQ. The only feature missing on this compressor is a link switch for true, stereo compression. But because it has four 3-way switches (attack, release, ratio, high-pass filter) you really only need to line up 3 knobs: the input, output and blend. The input knob sets the threshold. So the more you turn up the input, the lower the threshold. The blend knob was another feature that sold me on this compressor. Sometimes if you squash the signal too much, it’s nice to have the ability to bring back the non-compressed signal. It also seemed that, for the price, the 7x had more features than compressors twice its' price. Other than the missing link switch, these compressor sound real smooth. The LED is nice and bright.
Music background: Always learning
4/5

Good unit

Just got it, played with it using Gibson acoustic guitar. Condenser mic into bae 1073 then into the 7x. Running thru unit doesn't degrade the sound. That's first thing I check. The 100 Hz side chain is really useful, and mix knob is great....I don't feel it adds any mojo, just clean compression....my micpres do the mojo...time will tell hiw reliable it is. I wanted to get bac 500, but gave this a shot. So think this is great for adding a bit of parrallel compression while tracking. Then do more if needed with uad plugins.
Music background: Musician, home recording studio
3.5/5

Nice but needs changes

I went looking for a cheap 500 series compressor for my rack and found this Swedish unit : 7X-500 After tests last night listening I had decided to return it until I swapped the two main in & out amp chips with Burr Brown OPA 2107AP. The unit came to life for me. Sweetwater is selling them for under $350 bucks. (assembled in China) There are some things I would prefer different though, like, The filters are across the limiter side and not overall output seems very subtle, The 100:1 should be 20:1-my opinion, There is a gain control coupled to the limiter input pot which I feel should be just threshold but all in all very workable with the mix wet dry pot for perfect vocal compression. The output gain pot should be on the final blend control output of unit and not the limiter only. It also needs a clip light because the GR meter does not switch to OP level. Lindell said it resembled a UREI 1176, I would say NOT but with the chip change from 5532's to Burr Brown it's quite smooth, clear and usable for vocals which is what I care most about. Enjoy. :-) P.S. (The chip changes add about 35 bucks to the price and are sold on eBay)
Music background: 47 years Pro-Audio music recording
See also: 500 Series Compressors, Lindell Audio, Lindell Audio 500 Series Dynamics