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ART PRO VLA 2-Channel Tube Compressor  

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    Winner of the Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award.

    The ART PRO VLA 2-Channel Tube Compressor is very easy to use. Providing 2 independent channels of analog leveling/compression, PRO VLA circuitry is a hybrid transformerless design that maintains exceptional signal integrity and extremely low noise. It utilizes optical electronics (Vactrol) coupled with a 12AX7 tube gain stage for superior musical performance. The PRO VLA is a soft-knee leveler and, although capable of providing a fully squashed signal, it excels where transparent expressively musical dynamics control is desired. Variable threshold, ratio, and output controls. Balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS I/O. 2U rackmountable. 5-year warranty.

    Features

    • VCA-less design provides unrivaled musical performance
    • Provides superior dynamics control for every compression application
    • Variable threshold, ration, and output controls
    • Smooth, silky, transparent sound quality
    • Variable input and output gain controls
    • Professional backlit VU input/output level metering
    • 10-segment gain reduction LED array
    • XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs
    • Mastering quality audio processing
    • 5-year warranty

    Order today and greatly upgrade your project studio with a single new component.

     
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    4.5

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    4.0

    Good price, easy to use

    By Guitar Zero

    from Oregon

    We have a little project studio at home, recording guitar, vocals, djembe, cajon, electric guitar, electric bass. For our budget, this compressor works very well. It's soft knee so as far as I can hear, the compression is pretty subtle. I'm pleased with how easy it is to use. Attack and Release are limitted to either fast or auto. It would be nice to be able to dial in exactly what you want, hence the 3.5 on features. The signal is not distorted at all, and the unit adds no noise that I can detect. Overall, very happy with the purchase.

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    5.0

    excellent value

    By gatholonibs

    from Laurium, MI

    this was an excellent addition to my home studio. this product is easily comparable to compressor/limiters in much higher price ranges. great for mastering!

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    4.0

    NIce Tube Optical Compression

    By travisbeanjr

    from Los Angeles

    After reading a review regarding this piece in TapeOp, I soon bought one and have been using it for the last year or so. It's a vey musical compressor, never really squashing things until you push it to extreme settings. Sounds great on acoutsic guitar, vocals, sax, a little pillowy on drums but it may do for softer/ quieter material. It was great with tambourine and other harder sounding percussion because it warmed up the sounds and knocked out some of the hard peaks.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Piece of Gear

    By Vistadrums

    from Memphis, TN

    I own several brands of compressor/limiters but this one blows them all away. It is very transparent while being very effective. It is so quiet you'll never know it's there except when you need it! Easily one of the best pieces of processing gear in my studio and well worth the money!!! Works well for individual channels or for tightening the overall stereo mix. I have already had major market airplay off of mixes through this unit --performs as well as "cousins" costing 5-10 times more. Only one wish --panel meter has input/output select with gain reduction shown on LED's strips. Would like to have had option for gain reduction shown on panel meters (like those expensive cousins) but I'm getting used to it!! Not a problem. The crystal clear sound makes me forget about it. I'll be adding another soon!

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    5.0

    ART POR VLA for home studio

    By JayP

    from New Orleans

    I have a small home studio where I record vocal backups to a hard disk recorder for a trio that uses sequencer performances. I also do demo CDs. I got this unit two months ago and am very pleased with its performance. It is very easy to use, has very smooth musical compression and it adds a presence that is different, but as noticable as a bbe processor. In fact I use this with a bbe processor for mastering - they work very well together. My only complaint is that the controls are not calibrated/aligned to the markings on the panel. This means that you don't really know if both sides are set the same way. As a result you pretty much have to use the coupling feature, which is fine. At the price it currently sells for it's hard to pass up. If something happened to the one I have, I would definitely get another one.

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    4.0

    Best bang for the buck

    Lots of variation - ultra clean to very warm. Considering the price per channel, it's one of the best buys on the market. If you're recording to digital, this is the way to go - not only for laying down individual tracks but also for mastering. I wouldn't be without it. No, it's not a Focusrite, but it's not nearly as expensive, either.

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