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Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor  

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The Pro VLA by ART is a tube driven Vactrol-based Compressor/Leveling amplifier designed to excel in any professional audio application, including tracking, mixing, mastering, live sound or broadcast ... Read More

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Overview

The Pro VLA by ART is a tube driven Vactrol-based Compressor/Leveling amplifier designed to excel in any professional audio application, including tracking, mixing, mastering, live sound or broadcast situations. By using an opto-electronic design, (as opposed to a more typical VCA driven level detection circuit) the Pro VLA II allows more compression to be added to an audio source with a more natural, musical sounding output and virtually transparent dynamic leveling. This VCA-less design coupled with a 12AT7 vacuum tube in the gain stage makes the Pro VLA II tube compressor the ideal dynamic control device for critical studio and live sound applications.

These are the differences between the Pro VLA and the Pro VLA II:

1. Enhanced Link mode
In link mode, CH1 output control acts as a master output level and CH2 becomes a Balance control. This optimizes the Pro VLA II for use as a mastering processor.

2. Active balanced outputs. The old VLA has balanced outputs that have 6dB more gain than when using them in the unbalanced mode. This shows up as an error when using the VU meter to compare the input and output level.

3. LED output meter.
a. Always monitors the output level allowing the user to view Both input and output levels at the same time.
b. LED meter indicates both average level plus Peak hold.

4. Attack and Release knobs vs. switches. The Old VLA compressor has switches that allow the user to adjust the attack time between "Fast" (1mSec) and "Normal" (10mSec). The release switch can be set to "normal" (200mSec) and "Auto" (program dependant, but rather long an average).
a. Attack time as ranges from .25mSec to 50mSec
b. Release time ranges from 0.15Sec to 3Sec. (This is program dependant at shorter release rates).
c. Improved detector that lowers low frequency distortion at fast release rates.

5. Improved package
a. Rounded front panel machined to countersink all knobs and level meters.
b. Re-enforced ears.
c. Led lit switch caps.
d. Heavier chassis and cover ruggedized for longer life on the road.

6. Lower noise.
a. +4dBu/-10dBv mode switch optimizes the unit for Pro OR consumer operating system levels.
b. Toroidal transformer reduces mechanical and electrical hum.
c. Tweaked Tube circuit for better dynamic range.
d. Increased transformer shielding.

7. Increased ranges on Threshold and Output gain. This allows the user a wider range of operation.
a. Old threshold = -20 to +15, New Threshold range = -30dB to +20dB.
b. Old Output gain max = +10dB, New output Gain = +20dB

8. LED lit VU meters. No more dark meters due to blown out bulbs.

9. All of the pots have detents.
a. Imparts a more professional feel.
b. Makes settings more repeatable.

Features
  • Vactrol Opto-compression design (No VCA)
  • Mastering-quality audio signal path with tube gain stage
  • Enhanced link mode
  • Variable threshold, ratio and output controls
  • LED backlit VU input/output level metering
  • LED metering indicates both average level and peak hold
  • Accurate ten segment LED gain reduction metering
  • +4dBu/-10dBV mode switch
  • Active-balanced XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs
  • Toroidal transformer reduces mechanical and electrical hum
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 3.50" H x 19.0" W x 9.17" D (89 mm H x 483 mm W x 487 mm D)
    Weight: 10.5 lbs. (4.8 kg)
    Input impedance balanced/unbalanced: 10K Ohms

    Maximum levels:
    Range switch: +4dBu/-10dBV selectable
    Inputs: +20dBu (in +4dBu mode) / +10dBV (in ”10dBV mode)
    Output: +20dBu (R load > 10K, 0.1%THD)
    Output Gain: +20dB max

    Frequency response: 10Hz to 100KHz (+/- 0.5dB)

    Dynamic Range: >100dB (20-20KHz)
    THD: @ 0dBm Out <0.1% (typical)

    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN)
    @+4dBu: -99dBu ('A' weighted)
    @-10 dBV: -107dBu ('A' weighted)

    Attack time: 0.25msec. to 50msec. variable
    Release time: 150msec. to 3 sec, variable
    Slope variable: 2:1 to 20:1
    Max. attenuation: 30dB
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
In general - one year warranty for equalizers, power conditioners, and personal processors.
3 year warranty for TPS, DPS, and studios.
5 year warranty for pro gear.
Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.


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ArtPro VLA II Tube Compressor
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)

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4.0

Good Compresor

By ValleyD

from USA, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Occasional lack of signal upon power-up

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances

Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

This compressor is used for the FOH system in our church and is in use 5-6 times (around 6-8 hours total) every week. It works great and really helps to even out the spikes in volume from some VERY expressive singers and speakers. It is used as a second overall line of compression in the mixer/main output, as we also use different compressors for the mics as well. Punchy, clear/transparent sound remaining audible through the unit to the amps. Been using this for a year in this setup with minimal problems, other than having to re-power the unit on occasion to get the signal passing through upon power-up. Once this is achieved it always works great. But, this may have something to do with power being turned on/off through a power conditioner switch rather than using the unit power control. Once I use the compressor unit switch to re-power it when necessary it always works fine. Overall, in dependability and sound, it's well worth this minor nuisance and for the price I would definitely buy another if needed.

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5.0

The best of the best!

By Jonnyflow7

from San Diego, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Big Sound
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful
  • Professional Functions
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    I've been using this compressor for about 2 weeks, it really cant get better, besides the nice compression it has, it gives a thickness and warm tone to it.

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    5.0

    Excellent and affordable!

    By Ernstinen

    from Chatsworth, CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • A bargain
    • Clear Sound
    • Digital Peak Meters
    • Easy To Use
    • Great Sound
    • Manual Knobs
    • Professional Functions
    • Versatile
    • Vu Meters

    Cons

    • Fairly Low Output

    Best Uses

    • Audio Mastering
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording
    • Recording Studio

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    I use this in a professional mastering studio, and it's exceeded my expectations. I was looking at vintage compressors on ebay, and they're going for 10x as much, easily. When I hooked this baby up, I was blown away! It not only gives the tad of compression I use, but warms the sound up, which I expected. What I didn't expect was that it adds the "air" on top, which usually only comes from a REALLY expensive EQ. My only complaint is, even when you have this thing PEGGED, you have to boost the output level to make your audio competitive in the market of LOUD. But that's a small thing, and easily fixed. All in all, an incredible bargain!

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    5.0

    On My Second Unit

    By BILL

    from Tampa, FL

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    Bought my first one in 2009. Light on right side didn't work so sent it back. Light on replacement went out on right side again so I lived with it. In 2014 the right side went buzz/fiss, done. So I kept the unit as a single channel comp. Ordered another and guess what! Right side light is out, but once again I'll live with no lighted meter. Other than that the unit does what I need it to is is great on vocals. Just not good for dark studio work! No lighted right meter! I recommend at this price point compressor. It does a good job so I will give it 5 stars.

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    5.0

    JUST SOUNDS AMAZING

    By HENRY

    from PALM DESERT

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    This is my very first online review done that before, never took time to even think about it. But it worth every second of it. I bought it based on several online reviews. Let me get straight to the point, This Piece of equipment worth every penny, please, no One could have been more skeptical then me, cause I am very very picky with sound. Your Vocal will shine on top of the mix, rich, warm and bright, Just take my WORD for it. You may also used it in your main out right after the mixer, trust me, when you bypass it, and see how suck your sound is without it, you would never go without it.

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    4.0

    Great Warm Sound, Deadly With Vocals, Nice Master Compression

    By Adam Lansky

    from Little Rock, AR

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    I have been using this unit for almost three years with outstanding results. It is an extremely cost-effective unit that can be further upgraded by replacing the stock tubes with higher grade components. This compressor has both analog VU meters & very precise digital meters for gain reduction as well as output. This unit performs with excellence on instruments of all types, but those seeking a better vocal recording will find their money well spent on this unit -- in fact, you may stop using plugins to compress vocals except for gentle limiting. In addition to precise dynamic control, this compressor adds a nice amount of warmth to the signal without over-baking. The ART PRO VLA II has helped me produce many sweet tracks in the past few years & I plan on purchasing a new one to daisy chain for mastering. I strongly suggest purchasing Pro Coverage with this unit. It has a very tough casing but the internals are still delicate & I would be concerned about rough handling. Otherwise this is probably one of the most important pieces of equipment any project studio engineer can purchase.

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    5.0

    Love My Art Pro VLA!

    By Mike Willis

    from Lexington, SC

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    I own a radio station in Lexington, SC. The Art Pro VLA is one of the most usefull and versatile pieces of equipment I have in the studio. My unit is mostly used in the 'Dual' mode, using it as two independent mono units. One side is used to power and process the radio station's streaming audio, hear it ai LakeMurrayRadio, 107.9 WLXM. The other side/half is used for everything from mic processing to leveling commercial production. Delivers a smooth, rich, warm soun

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    5.0

    so goog i ordered a 2nd one

    By gumby

    from Houston, tx

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    I originally purchased one of these back in august of 2010 for my home studio setup. That I often end up bringing projects from work to work on at home. This unit is one heck of a compressor. I liked it so much I just ordered a second one earlier this month so i can have 4 channels of the vla II. The sound of this compressor is great extremely transparent which is excellent for a lot of sources, but if you want to push it for a bit of color you can do so with no problem. If your on a budget and want a compressor that gives out a pro sound, and holds its' ground against compressors that cost much 5-6 times more. The VLA II is it you will be more then satisfied with your purchase.

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    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ART Pro VLA

    By Jerry Jones

    from MA

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    I own a DBX 266xl and an Alesis 3630 and use them both frequently. I decided to pick up the Pro VLA based on what I'd read and I am not disappointed. The build quality is "tank-like" excellent. In my racks it adds a touch of vintage appeal. The unit works fantastic with everything I've thrown into it from Vocals, Drums, Guitars and Violins. To top it off it was an excellent choice for mastering too. Although I won't be ditching the DBX or the Alesis I am certain the Pro VLA will become my "Go to" compressor. I highly recommend this unit.

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    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Art Pro Vla Comp

    By Victor

    from MD

    Comments about Art Pro VLA II Tube Compressor:

    Since i bought it, i have no problem. In my opinion, this compressor is the best we can get with it's price range for instrument, guitar, drum (especially). I like it a lot.

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