ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter

BH #ARVLA500 • MFR #VLA500
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ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter
Key Features
  • Opto Compressor & Limiter
  • Stereo-Linkable
  • Variable Attack, Release & Ratio
  • Up to 30 dB of Gain Reduction
Delivering well-regarded Pro-VLA sonics in a 500-series "Lunchbox" form factor, the ART VLA-500 is an opto-style dynamics processor suitable for compression and limiting applications in pro audio situations. It provides all the controls you'd typically associate with a hardware compressor—Attack, Release, Threshold, and Output—plus additional circuits for adding pleasing saturation effects. For example, the Punch circuit adds even-order harmonic distortion for a punchier tone, while the Grit circuit introduces both sustain distortion in a more frequency-dependent manner, allowing the processed signal to differentiate itself from the rest of the audio material.
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$199.00

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  • This item is noncancelable and nonreturnable.

ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter

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ART VLA 500 Overview

Delivering well-regarded Pro-VLA sonics in a 500-series "Lunchbox" form factor, the ART VLA-500 is an opto-style dynamics processor suitable for compression and limiting applications in pro audio situations. It provides all the controls you'd typically associate with a hardware compressor—Attack, Release, Threshold, and Output—plus additional circuits for adding pleasing saturation effects. For example, the Punch circuit adds even-order harmonic distortion for a punchier tone, while the Grit circuit introduces both sustain distortion in a more frequency-dependent manner, allowing the processed signal to differentiate itself from the rest of the audio material.

Both the attack and release times are adjustable, and with ratios going up to 20:1, it's possible to achieve limiting to the order of 30 dB in gain reduction. This unit provides balanced input and output connection points, and it can be linked with other VLA-500s, rendering compression suitable for stereo instruments and stereo-bus applications. Indeed, with its comparatively low noise level and subtle harmonic enhancements, the ART VLA-500 can be used to provide both gain-reduction and vibe in mastering scenarios.

Notable Features

  • 2 additional selectable solid-state tone-shaping circuits: Punch and grit
  • Variable threshold, ratio, and output controls
  • Stereo / multi-channel linkable
  • LED metering
  • Single-channel opto-isolator based leveling amplifier
  • Compatible with API 500 series racks.
  • Comparatively low power at less than 100mA
  • Stereo linking of channels
  • Analog optical isolator (AOI) used for gain reduction
  • Non-VCA design for a transparent sound
  • LED metering of gain reduction or output levels
  • Balanced inputs and outputs
  • Variable Threshold & Ratio controls
  • Variable Attack and Release controls
  • Variable Output Level rotary control
  • 10 Hz to 100 kHz frequency response (±0.5 dB)
  • Dynamic range of more than 120 dB
  • Comparatively low noise (-100 dBm ‘A’ weighted EIN)
UPC: 840402031505

ART VLA 500 Specs

ConnectionsWork in conjunction with a 500 series chassis
ImpedanceInput: 10 kOhms
Output: 100 Ohms
Maximum LevelInput: +20 dBu
Output: +20 dBu
Output Gain+20 dBu max
Frequency Response20 Hz to 100 kHz, ±0.5 dB
Dynamic Range> 120 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
THD<0.003% (at 0 dBm out, 1 kHz, typical)
Equivalent Input Noise-102 dBu, A-weighted
Attack Time0.25 ms to 50 ms, variable
Release Time150 ms to 3 s, variable
SlopeVariable: 2:1 to 20:1
Gain Reduction30 dB maximum
Power Requirements80 mA (75 mA at ±15 V, 4 mA at 48 V)
Dimensions (H x W x D)5.2 x 1.5 x 6.6" / 133 x 38 x 168 mm
Weight0.7 lb / 0.32 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.3 x 6.6 x 2.4"
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