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Revered Hardware Mastering Compressor Emulated
Universal Audio announces the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In for the UAD platform 29/10/12
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Universal Audio has announced the impending release of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interface. They tell us that, created by UAD Direct Development partner Brainworx and Shadow Hills Industries founder Peter Reardon, this true-to-life plug-in emulation of the hallmark Mastering Compressor expertly tempers dynamics and tames transients like no other device on the market.
Shadow Hills' Peter Reardon, told us, "The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor hardware is capable of delivering so much character and color, from subtle to very dramatic. It was important to me that any plug-in emulation provided the same sonic experience. Thankfully, the team at Brainworx and Universal Audio have faithfully brought this hardware product to life in the digital world."
As the go-to compressor on recordings by Muse, Gnarls Barkley, Coldplay, John Mayer, Regina Spektor, and more, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor features a world-class signal path, controlling music dynamics in two stages -- first with an Optical section, then with a Discrete (VCA) section. Both sections can be bypassed, providing a variety of compression sounds (Optical, Discrete, and combined) from a velvet touch to an iron fist.
Like the hardware version, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in offers selection of three distinct output transformers (Nickel, Iron, and Steel) -- taking the signal from "clean" to "colored" and "dirty" -- as if selecting from the output stages of three distinct classic analog consoles.
UA says that, whether employed on a vocal chain, drum buss, or on the master fader, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor's unique control and character will inspire creativity. Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In Features:
Meticulous emulation of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, licensed and endorsed by Peter Reardon
Created by Brainworx, developed exclusively for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform
Separate Optical and Discrete (VCA) dynamics sections for two-stage serial dynamics control
Transformer matrix switches between Nickel, Iron, and Steel output transformers -- like selecting between 3 distinct vintage console outputs
90Hz sidechain filtering for musical compression of low-frequency program material
Large, accurate VU meters provide Optical, Discrete, or Output gain views
Custom presets created by Shadow Hills founder and designer Peter Reardon
Pricing and Availability:
Available as part of the upcoming UAD Software v6.3.2 release, scheduled for early November, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor will be available for $299 USD from UA's Online Store.