ART Pro VLA II

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This item runs exclusively on an operating voltage of 230V and therefore requires a voltage transformer to run in your country of United States of America.

2-Channel tube opto-compressor

  • Adjustable threshold
  • Ratio and Attack
  • + 4dBu/-10 dBu mode switchable
  • Backlit VU meter
  • LED meter for peak hold
  • Balanced XLR and 6.3 mm inputs and outputs
  • Design: 19", 2U
available since December 2005
Item number 188550
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter No
2-Channel Unit Yes
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes
$488
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Excellent all-around tube compressor
Th_Sch 02.08.2017
The ART Pro VLA II was my first piece of analog gear and I've been using it for pretty much everything: drums, vocals, bass, synths and even for catching some peaks on the master channel. It won't add any 'mojo' to your sound, but it's a great unit for those of you who are just getting into the world of hardware and want to learn about compression.
The building quality is very robust, the knobs comfortable to work with. It doesn't feel cheap at all.
It's not the most transparent compressor out there, but if you're looking for an affordable all-around unit that can add a little 'tube sound' and color, the ART Pro VLA II is the way to go.
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Alex Djuran 06.03.2022
For how cheap it is, the ART PRO VLA is a modern classic, both in sound and price. It's smooth, versatile, and affordable!

I've used it with great success on vocals, bass guitar, drum overheads, and many other things. If you have a home studio and want to step your game up, nothing beats this thing for the price to performance ratio!
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Great Compessor for the price
Anonymous 02.01.2017
I bought the Art VLA to provide compression for my snare and kick drum in a small studio setup. Easy to use, versatile and well made, the controls are well thought out and feel really solid to the touch. You can spend thousands on compressors but this one does the job really well for a fraction of the cost. A really good value addition to my studio.
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A good bedget compressor
HanafiH 28.07.2017
It's one big fault is that it doesn't hold the stereo image correctly in linked mode because the Vactrols are poorly matched. This results on my unit in a few degrees of skew from right to left and back to right again across the throw of the threshold. An irritation rather than a deal breaker but does require subtle adjustment of the Balance control when used in stereo linked mode.

That said, it has a beautiful volatile tube presence that when used as a hardware plug breathes life into the most cardboard digital synth soun or samples and has a real character. My main use is to front load and level hardware synths upwind of digital conversion.

I love mine so much I rolled the tubes for NOS Mullards and it's even lovelier. Requires a bit of work to get the best of out it but its best is astonishingly good for the cheap price.

I'm keeping mine.
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