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ART Pro Audio 500-series Vactrol Compressor

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ART 500 Series Compressor

The VLA-500 brings the same VCA-less Vactrol based compression circuit used in ART's legendary Pro-VLA, putting to a convenient 500 Series format for the first time. Capable not only of delivering incredibly smooth compression and overall dynamic control, the VLA-500 also offers two user selectable tone shaping circuits making it one of the most versatile signal processors in your 500 Series rack.

The 'Punch' circuit is a J-FET Harmonic Enhancer that adds even-order harmonic distortion for a fuller, "punchier" tone while taming nasty peaks that may escape the Vactrol. The Grit circuit adds frequency-dependent signal distortion to make any track truly stand out. This is a highly creative effect that can work especially well on drums and percussion, solo brasses and woodwinds and even vocals when added presence and position in a mix is required. Bypassing both 'Punch' and 'Grit' circuits delivers the purest Opto-compressor tone, perfect for critical solo instruments and clean vocals. 'Punch' and 'Grit' circuits can even be combined for additional tone shaping options.

• 500 Series Form Factor Compressor Module
• Based on Popular PRO-VLA Technology
• VCA-less Vactrol Opto-Compressor Design
• Two Additional Selectable Solid State Tone Shaping Circuits ('Punch' & 'Grit')
• Variable Threshold, Ratio and Output Controls
• Stereo / Multi-Channel Linkable
• LED Metering

Equivalent Input Noise: -102dBu ('A' weighted)
Input Impedance: 10K Ohms
Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
Inputs Level: +20dBu
Output Level: +20dBu
Output Gain: +20dB max
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 100KHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Dynamic Range: >120dB (20-20KHz)
Attack Time: 0.25msec. to 50msec. variable
Release Time: 150msec. to 3 sec, variable
Total Harmonic Distortion:

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Closest StoreWinnipeg (Pembina Hwy.), Manitoba
Testing this unit out right now and all I can say is wow! It exceeds my expectations. It has a similar character to its big brother (pro vla) with some additional features that make it way more versatile. The grit and punch buttons really extend its usefulness on a wider variety of instruments. I would choose it over My Universal audio La-610 on pretty much every source. Its extremely easy to use, and very hard to make sound bad. If you like opto compression I would say give it a shot!
Posted by JP Laurendeau on Apr 11, 2018
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