ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter

ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter

ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter

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ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter

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Product Highlights

  • Opto Compressor & Limiter
  • Stereo-Linkable
  • Variable Attack, Release & Ratio
  • Up to 30 dB of Gain Reduction
  • 2 Circuits for Harmonic Distortion
  • LED Metering
  • Comparatively Low-Noise
  • Suitable for Instruments & Stereo-Bus
  • Requires 500 Series Power Supply
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  • 1Description

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
In the Box
ART VLA 500 Series Compressor and Limiter
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Connections Work in conjunction with a 500 series chassis
    Impedance Input: 10 kOhms
    Output: 100 Ohms
    Maximum Level Input: +20 dBu
    Output: +20 dBu
    Output Gain +20 dBu max
    Frequency Response 20 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 Time 0.25 ms to 50 ms, variable
    Release Time 150 ms to 3 s, variable
    Slope Variable: 2:1 to 20:1
    Gain Reduction 30 dB maximum
    Power Requirements 80 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
    Weight 0.7 lb / 0.32 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 6.6 x 2.4"

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