The Mastering Compressor sports stereo and dual-mono modes to fit any application, and separate Optical and Discrete compression sections for two-stage compression techniques.
And once you’ve got your dynamics under control, choose from three different output transformers with their own individual sonic flavor.
Dual compression sections for unprecedented dynamic control
The Shadow Hills Industries Mastering Compressor controls your dynamics in two stages, an optical section and a discrete section. The optical section is mostly program dependent, with just Threshold and Gain settings, and features a two-stage release time reminiscent of a famous audio leveler from the late-’60s. Use the optical section to get your dynamic range under control, and to bring up overall level.
The discrete section utilizes a VCA design, and takes over where the optical section leaves off. With precise control over ratio, attack, and release, you’ll be able to fine-tune the response of the Mastering Compressor to suit any program material, for any project.
Each section can be hardwire-bypassed individually, essentially giving you three exceptional methods of dynamics control in one single compressor.
Switchable output transformers for sonic variety
Choose from steel, nickel, or iron output transformers to get the iconic sound of different styles of analog consoles. The nickel transformer gives you a natural low end with smoothly enhanced high frequencies, outstanding for intimate acoustic recordings. The iron transformer has a natural high end with a slight boost around 110Hz, and has a Class-A output stage that only passes even-ordered harmonic distortion – very musical. The steel transformer sounds very open with a detailed and fast response, with a very subtle boost around 40Hz that helps provide rock-solid low frequencies.