ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler

ART High Performance Dual-Input Microphone Preamp/Compressor Package

ART High Performance Dual-Input Microphone Preamp/Compressor Package

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  • Pro MPA II Microphone Preamp
  • Pro VLA II Compressor
  • Cables

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ART Pro-VLA II overview

  • 1Description

The High Performance Dual Input Microphone Preamp/Compressor Package is a B&H Kit that acts like a channel strip by providing a microphone preamp/compressor front end. But unlike a dedicated channel strip, each component of the package can be used individually if desired. This is particularly applicable to the Pro VLA II compressor that can be used both during tracking, and then later for mixing. A pair of cables rounds out the package.

  • ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler

    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
  • ART PRO MPA II - Microphone Preamplifier

    The Pro MPA II from ART is a 2-channel microphone preamplifier that delivers a total of 70dB of gain, and can operate in either stereo or dual-mono mode. Perfect for any sized studio, production facility, or live sound environment, the preamp provides variable input impedance, and a dual-tube gain stage with selectable plate voltages (high or normal).

    The unit has the ability to process a mid/side microphone set-up, and can also function as a dual-channel DI box using the 2 front panel instrument inputs. Two backlit VU meters display output level, while multi-colored LED arrays provide a visual reference of tube gain for each channel. The Pro MPA II is rack mountable and housed in a sturdy, 2U steel chassis.

    2-channel, variable input impedance microphone preamplifier
    Tube based gain stage with selectable plate voltages
    Instrument input on front panel with automatic input selection
    Selectable Stereo/Dual operation of output controls
    Variable low-cut filter per channel
    Switchable +48V phantom power per channel
    Supports Mid/Side miking technique
    Large, dual, back-lit VU meters
    Phase reverse per channel
    Switchable for either +4dBu or -10dBV output
    UPC: 840402018360
  • 2 x Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 1.5' (0.45 m), Black

    The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable (1.5') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and to provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise. While the cable's color-coding affords the ability to quickly differentiate between multiple connections on stage, it provides a pleasant aesthetic quality at the same time.

    Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24-AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.

    95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise
    Twin conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables, and also helps prevent external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core
    24-AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity
    Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise
    All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection
    Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity
    Caged type contact and improved ground contact
    UPC: 847628558212
  • ART Pro VLA II - Compressor/Leveler
    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 Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.3 x 12.0 x 5.6"
  • ART PRO MPA II - Microphone Preamplifier
    Number of Channels 2
    Inputs 2 x XLR
    2 x 1/4" TS phone Instrument (front panel)
    Output 2 x XLR
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    Phantom Power +48VDC, individually switchable
    Multi Function No
    Gain Range 70dB
    Maximum Output Level +27dBu
    Frequency Response 15Hz to 48kHz, +0/-1dB @ normal plate voltage
    15Hz to 120kHz, +0/-1dB @ high plate voltage
    Noise EIN: -129dBu, A-weighted
    Power Requirements 105~125VAC, 60Hz
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 8.75 x 3.5" (483 x 222 x 89mm)
    Weight 10.5 lbs (4.7kg)
    Specialties Microphone impedance variable from 150Ω to 3kΩ
    Supports Mid/Side microphone recording
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.8 x 11.0 x 5.3"
  • 2 x Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR M to XLR F Microphone Cable - 1.5' (0.45 m), Black
    Connector 1 3-Pin XLR Male
    Connector 2 3-Pin XLR Female
    Cable Length 1.5' / 0.45 m
    Shielding 95% Spiral
    Wire Gauge 24 AWG
    Contact Plating Silver
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.9"

ART Pro-VLA II reviews

High Performance Dual-Input Microphone Preamp/Compressor Package is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4 years and keep going If you take the time to set these 2 units properly for your need you will be amaze how good they are and reliable, buck for buck cannot be better, amazingly fun for voice recording very very neat sound
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BETTER THAN THE REST Amazing results: It's late 2016 and there are so many Audio Interface devices on the market that do all the features to get a good studio recording in your home but none of them compare to what this compressor brings to the table. First of all, you can dial in your mic impedance level the PRO MPA II and add as much gain and compression with this PRO VLA II. Direct link both channels and get a clear audio finish before it reaches your DAW. This compressor can also be used in a live performance and make things sound great with no peaking very good to add to the channel strip of DJ's who use active speakers. Running your Midi controller output audio through here first can save you thousand in blow powered speakers. Overall it works and gets the job done. KEY POINT Let your ears be your guide... You don't need to be a professional audio person to know what sounds good and use the LED lights to set your limits. Last but not least go easy on the release setting....
Date published: 2016-12-19
Date published: 2015-09-10
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