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Shadow Hills Compressor


The shadow hills mastering compressor plug-in for uad-2 and Apollo interfaces provides everything from a velvet touch to an iron fist making it a go-to on records by muse, green day, gnarls barkley, and more. designed by brainworx, the shadow hills mastering compressor plug-in is a thorough emulation of the high-end hardware.

Few pieces of audio hardware are as revered as the shadow hills mastering compressor. Created by enigmatic mastermind, peter reardon, this five rackspace behemoth tempers dynamics and tames transients like no other compressor in history.  It’s serial, two-stage dynamics control and switchable output transformer matrix.

The genius of the shadow hills mastering compressor plug-in is its ability to control dynamics in two stages an optical and discrete. Sections can be bypassed, effectively providing three compression sounds (optical, discrete, and combined) in a single unit.

The optical section is highly program dependent, with basic threshold and gain settings, and a two-stage release time akin to the classic LA-2A perfect for gently taming dynamic range. The discrete section takes over where the optical section leaves off, provides precise control over gain, threshold, ratio, attack, and release.

The shadow hills mastering compressor plug-in’s tonal palette is enhanced by a unique matrix which allows selection between three output transformers nickel, iron, and steel. By switching the selected transformer type in and out of the signal path, you can hear the different frequency response, distortion characteristics, and transient limiting of each transformer going from “clean” (Nickel), to “colored” (Iron), to “dirty” (Steel).

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Mastering Studio UAD Interface


Apollo 8p is the premium eight preamp version of the world’s most acclaimed professional recording interface for mac and windows giving project and commercial studios superior A/D and D/A conversion with the tone, feel, and realtime workflow of classic analog recording.

Built upon UA’s 60 year heritage of audio craftsmanship, apollo 8p distinguishes itself with eight unison enabled mic preamps, onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, and an included bundle of award winning uad plug-in’s which you can track through with near-zero latency, shaping sounds like a classic analog studio without taxing your host mac or pc.

Apollo 8p comes equipped with eight unison enabled mic preamps, letting you track larger projects through exacting mic preamp emulations from neve, ssl, api, manley, and universal audio. An apollo exclusive, unison technology nails the tone of these sought after tube and solid state mic pres including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.

The secret to unison is its hardware software integration between apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP acceleration. Simply place a unison preamp plug-in on your mic input, and tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

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