(plugin-alliance.com) Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

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  1. thantrax

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    Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

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    For the first time, the supreme tycoon of compression and all its power is available in all major native formats.

    NEW: Enhanced by Brainworx with added External Sidechain, adjustable Internal Sidechain Filters and onboard parallel Mix (Dry/Wet) capabilities.

    We are thrilled to welcome to the Alliance the godfather of dynamics control, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor.

    Meticulously modeled by Brainworx after the legendary hardware, no details have been spared when crafting the digital version of one of the most musical and versatile compressors out there. A well known staple in the industry, the Shadow Hills compressor easily tames even the most unruly and chaotic transients with flawless tone and control. It’s no wonder that it has been the go-to buss compressor on timeless records by Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Beck, Green Day, Coldplay and countless others.

    Dual compression sections for unprecedented dynamic control

    One of the key things you can do with the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor is treat your signals with dual-stage compression, dialing in compression either through the Optical or the Discrete sections - use both for maximum musicality! In the Optical section you will find the traditional Threshold and Gain settings, with a two-stage release time that is similar to the one you find on an LA-2A. With this section you can easily shape your dynamic range and bring up the overall level. In the VCA Discrete section you have a more exacting control over the ratio, attack and release settings, which easily allows you to fine-tune the compression response to fit a large variety of material.

    Switchable output transformers for sonic variety

    Further tonal character can be built with the three unique Output Transformers. Here you can toggle between each one to easily shift the tonal balance of the compressor. Choosing between Steel, Nickel or Iron will help the compressor add distinct flavors commonly found on a few legendary consoles. Nickel offers smooth lows with a polished top end and sounds great on more subtle and sparse recordings. The Iron transformer has a more colored sound but still maintains a pristine high end with a small boost in the 100Hz range. It operates through a Class-A output stage that applies only even-ordered harmonic distortion, leaving you with a very musical sound. Finally, the Steel transformer has an extremely detailed and fast response with a subtle boost in the 40Hz range which contributes to a rocking low end.

    Brainworx Plugin Only Features

    To round out the huge features that came straight from the hardware, Brainworx went a step further by adding a Parallel Mix control, a Sidechain Filter and an External Sidechain option in the proprietary toolbar! The Sidechain filter can easily prevent frequencies below the setting from triggering the compression for ultra-tight sounding mixes. Try the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor now to experience a whole new level of dynamics management.


    More info here

     
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  3. Hooman.Leys

    Hooman.Leys Producer

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    i could love it :grooves:
     
  4. noise.maker

    noise.maker Producer

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    Too many endorsements. Curious about UAD(Mix, and master with an exclusive emulation of the legendary Shadow Hills Compressor, endorsed by Peter Reardon), against PA(Exacting emulation of the original Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor and approved and endorsed by Peter Reardon – the founder of Shadow Hills Industries himself.)
 Which one will be the most "endorsed"?:dunno:
     
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  5. n0xin

    n0xin Rock Star

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    It's the same plugin, only now is available in native format (note: that one from UAD is also brainworx design). :cool:
     
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  6. noise.maker

    noise.maker Producer

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    Ok. That makes sense.:like:
     
  7. baldman

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    Pretty serious unit, from the manual:

    "Should the probability of its capture be greater than not, it is the duty of the operative so issued to destroy the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor to keep the technologies contained therein from falling into the wrong hands and thus forfeiting our advantage to the enemy. The following instructions are offered for the proper destruction and disposal of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, should it become your duty.

    First, use a torque screwdriver to remove the nine 6/32 screws from the top cover. Inside, along the bottom of the unit, are the two main audio boards. On each of the audio boards are the Shadow Hills Operational Amplifiers. There are six total. These op-amps attach to the audio boards by six pins. Pull each op-amp out vertically - they are friction-locked, so no desoldering is required. Once removed, break off each of the six pins and crush the op-amp circuit board with the heel of your boot. If time permits, incinerate all pieces after crushing, and then bury or scatter the ashen remains. Remove the eight screws securing each audio board to the chassis with a Philips screwdriver and pull the boards out. Cut all wires several times, in a random fashion, so that the former lengths can not be determined.

    The transformers connected to the audio boards and chassis must be shot through their cores, and the windings unraveled, their lamination separated, bent, and scattered some distance away. The audio boards should be crushed under heel, then folded or ripped, and then incinerated according to the previously described method. The 8/32 screws that attach the front panel chassis should be removed. The tube and meter glass should be smashed and the meter pointers broken off. The panel should be bent or folded, and then placed inside the chassis and either buried at least six feet deep, or exploded by a grenade or other means."
     
  8. mild pump milk

    mild pump milk Russian Milk Drunkard

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    UAD will be native thanks to Plugin Alliance huhuhuhu) coming soon.
    Maybe a joke.
    Maybe not
     
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  9. Cav Emp

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    Not for sale yet? Lmao

    Sooo.... they want you to fall in love with it before they reveal that it costs about as much as a used car?

    Very subtle
     
  10. thantrax

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    Sknote Audio SDC – Stereo Double Compressor
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    Brainworx Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

    It would be interesting. Any skilled tester on duty?
     
  11. I've had it on UAD for around two years. It is good, but I wouldn't go waaah over it. It's essentially two compressors ganged together. The first is an optical leveller, the second is a discrete FET design. There's a switchable choice of tranformer colours after the discrete compressor. It does what it says on the tin and does it well but I'd be lying if I said it was my go to because it just isn't. I prefer the Elysia Alpha for buss compression and the Manley Vari-Mu for mastering. It's very coloured and it's a teensy bit sloppy but in a good way. Try before you buy.
     
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    mild pump milk Russian Milk Drunkard

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    FET? As described there is VCA with Opto.
    Usually it is rarely where FET used on master. Mostly VCA, tube vari-mu, digital... Opto is too rare, but FET is almost never. But depends on material.
     
  13. Well, the manual doesn't state whether it's VCA or FET just that it's a discrete op-amp. It feels FETish to me but it could be munchkins on acid. It's very much a black box twiddle it and see type of thing.
     
  14. reliefsan

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    Yeah, they even word it on thier website as "free trial"

    it reminds me of this old one:



    "dope man dope man!"
     
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  16. Placeholder

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    Not really surprised tbh. Brainworx stuff is decent, but there's much better stuff out there. I don't really use any bx stuff at all right now.
     
  17. Dvus I

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    hi ,
    i have the Sknote Audio SDC bah..... it's a Big shit plugin .
    Nothing to do with the UAD Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor. ;-)
     
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  18. Knucklehead

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    SHC was coded by bx... Maybe all their UAD exclusive stuff will be native step by step
     
  19. devilorcracker

    devilorcracker Platinum Record

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    Correct. I thought I was the only one not using them.
     
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