ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler

ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler

ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler

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Product Highlights

  • Dual-Channel
  • Tube Gain Stage
  • +4dBu/-10dBV Switch
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The Pro VLA II from ART is a dual-channel compressor/leveler that uses an opto-electrical design to provide smooth and musical dynamic range control. The unit features a mastering-quality audio signal path and a tube-based gain stage. Variable ratios that range from 2:1 to 20:1 allow the unit to work both as a compressor or a limiter. Metal rotary controls with detents provide for the adjustment of threshold and output level, along with variable and separate attack and release speeds.

The front panel features large analog VU meters for each channel, while ten-segment, multi-colored LED arrays provide information on gain reduction. Back-lit push switches set whether either VU meter reflects input or output levels; select a straight wire bypass; and engage a link function, appropriate for stereo mastering. When the channels are linked, channel one controls act globally and the channel two output knob acts as a balance control.

XLR and 1/4" TRS balanced input and output jacks are provided, along with a level selector to set the unit operating levels and metering to match either +4dBu or -10dBV systems. The unit is housed in a 2U space, rack-mountable steel chassis with a CNC routed, black anodized aluminum face panel. The Pro VLA II uses two hand-selected 12AT7 tubes and is designed for years of reliable operation in the studio and on the road.

Two-channel, opto-isolator tube-based leveling amplifier
Non-VCA design provides transparent, classic sound
Hand selected 12AT7 tubes in the output section
Stereo linking of channels with master volume and balance control in Link Mode
XLR balanced inputs and outputs along with 1/4" TRS phone active balanced inputs and outputs
Variable Threshold and Ratio controls
Variable Attack and Release controls
Variable Output Level rotary controls
VU metering of input and output levels
LED metering of output level with peak-hold function
Ten-segment Gain Reduction LED array
Low noise circuitry with a healthy dynamic range
Rack-mountable, all-steel enclosure
UPC: 840402018254
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ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler
  • AC Power Cable
  • Five (5) Year Warranty
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    ART Pro-VLA II specs

    Function Compressor/leveler
    Number of Channels 2
    Inputs 2 x XLR
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced or unbalanced)
    Outputs 2 x XLR
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone (balanced or unbalanced)
    Maximum Input Level +20dBu
    Compression Threshold -30 to +20dB
    Compression Ratio 2:1 to 20:1
    Attack Time 0.25 ms to 50 ms, variable
    Release Time 0.15 s to 3 s, variable
    Gate Threshold Not applicable
    Gate Rate Not applicable
    Maximum Output Level +20dBu (10kΩ, 0.1% THD)
    Make-up Gain +20dB
    Frequency Response 10Hz to 100kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
    Dynamic Range >100dB (20Hz to 20kHz)
    Noise EIN:
    -99dBu, A-weighted (+4dBu mode)
    -107dBu, A-weighted (-10dBV mode)
    Power Requirements 105~125 VAC, 60 Hz
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 9.2 x 3.5" (483 x 234 x 89 mm)
    Weight 10.5 lb (4.8 kg)
    Specialties Internal power supply
    Packaging Infoxwzacurdxvyswdwcbcu
    Package Weight 12.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.3 x 12.0 x 5.6"

    ART Pro-VLA II reviews

    Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice compressor for the money! I wanted to try a compressor to pick up my low tones and knock down some of the peaks while singing live. The only other compressor I had used was a 1 knob on the XENYX1832 mixer. I paired this with a Pro MPA2 pre-amp also an ART product, and been very pleased with it for vocals and an electric guitar. I had been looking around at compressors for a while, and finally just ordered it up. I am glad I did and would do it again. No complaints at all, and have recommended it to my friends already. This was my first purchase from B&H, but will not be my last. Fast delivery even though it was Christmas time. Packaging was also very good.
    Date published: 2013-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOTS OF WHAM FOR THE WAMPUM! Having been in the studio business for 11 years now, and having acquired...and disposed of many pieces of gear over the years that just didn't cut it in one way or another, I would like to say how much I have been enjoying this piece in the studio here these last couple weeks. The Pro-VLA II - Compressor/Leveler by ART is a bargain at 5 times the price, easily! It's well-built and does exactly what it is designed to do. The unit is currently residing on my console's 2-buss along an A-Designs Hammer EQ. A very nice combination indeed! I will not hesitate to put this to use in a vocal chain (say, following an 1176 in series), or using it similarly for bass guitar. The unit compresses well. It can be pushed a bit harder than most compressors and still remain relatively transparent. The tube stage gives the compression a nice 'girth'...a subtle coloring that brings mix elements together very cohesively. The Pro-VLA II - Compressor/Leveler by ART has found a home here at the studio alongside, Manley, Universal Audio, Urei, Crane Song and a host of other fine, venerable manufacturers of compression units. I don't think this one is going anywhere any time soon! I think this is one of the best bargains going in the audio business at this time!
    Date published: 2010-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Affordable Tube Compressor! Just picked up an Art Pro VLAii compressor and it has added great dynamic processing to the mix. This gives your instruments detailed and warm characteristics. I have used it mostly on drums , You can really drive this compressor to add that tube distortion that is sought after on a snare track and or guitar. I have also used the VLAii on a stereo mix down which brought the mix together with a low threshold and 2:1 ratio. Over all I say you can't beat a dual channel tube compressor for what B&H offers it for.
    Date published: 2014-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from B&H TRUELY ONE OF THE MUSIC PROFESSIONALS B&H Is not your typical retail store they are a entity all to their own. They are with out a doubt the most knowledgeable and courteous guy's in the business. Their shipping and reliability is second to none. I have personally owned a music store for 22 years and I can tell you they will service you like no other. Their product lines are untouchable shop at B & H for a better shopping experience!
    Date published: 2015-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent ! If you are looking for a great compressor, try this one. It has everything I need, it's easy to setup all the settings. I'm using it for recording and on the final master of my songs BUT I never use a lot of db reduction... just enough to my ears. If you set the threshold a little too much, it will be over compressed. But when it's used in the good way, it sounds really great !
    Date published: 2012-04-30
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk out of the box The Gain Reduction LED indicator in the Channel Two constantly outputs pulses (boom, boom, ...). Obviously there is a noise in the Channel Two. This compressor has impressive big analog indicators, but actually is junk out of the box. Not willing to spend time and pay shipping fees to send it for repair, it will not be as good as another compressors in my rack. Thanks
    Date published: 2016-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Compressor! This compressor is quite amazing. It does a great job for guitars, vocals, bass and about anything I tested with. Don't let the low price fool you. I replaced the tubes with tung-sol and it really sounds great!
    Date published: 2015-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taming Vocals Needed a compressor that would tame dynamics of a singer in a live setting with huge dynamic range. This worked wonderfully.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
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