ART Pro VLA 2 Channel Vactrol / Tube Leveling Amplifier

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  • Regular price $285.00

Yeahhhh baaaaby! If there is anything we love more than a badass 2 channel tube compressor, it's an affordable 2 channel tube compressor. The ART Pro VLA has proven itself to be a reliable "pro-sumer" compressor capable of taming those transients and adding some weight and grit to whatever signal you throw at it. 

TapeOp broke it down pretty well below: 

"The VLA is housed in a 2U black chassis with two backlit VU meters that can be set to show input or output levels. Compression is measured by a ten- segment, horizontal LED bar graph below the VU's that reads from zero gain reduction (on the right) to a whopping 30 dB of gain reduction (on the left). Knobs on either side of the VU's control Threshold, Ratio and Output. None of these knobs are detented. Below the knobs are buttons for the VU meter, Attack (Fast or Auto), Release (Fast or Auto), and Bypass. A Stereo Link button is provided as well. Fast Attack is 2 ms and Fast Release is 300 ms. Auto is a big mystery-but the most musical. I generally use Fast Attack and Auto Release without paying any attention to those bar graphs.

So, why do I like the Pro VLA? Because it's simple, reliable, affordable-and it sounds good. This is not a punchy compressor at all. With that tube in there, it's a great unit for reducing harshness with things like violins and horns. It's also a great compressor for stereo Leslie tracks and strident acoustic guitars. I also use it all the time as a limiter on kick and snare during basic tracking. Its non-VCA based design makes it very forgiving; it's really hard to make it sound bad. If you don't own any opto-based compressors-especially if you're on a limited budget-this unit is a great buy."


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