Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

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sqigls
KVRAF
4209 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:52 am

ok, the Class A version deserves its own thread.

I am totally blown away by this compressor. I'm not sure what else to write. It's such a solid sound and i have hereby cancelled any further searching for a compressor, ever. Probably.
Run a Fender P-Bass through the discrete unit with fast attack, and get the VU needle nudging the -2 mark, man. That's "ph" fat. Sik phat bass. my lord.

best $29.99 i ever spent.
probably

CPU efficient too.

https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/prod ... _comp.html

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perpetual3
KVRian
1299 posts since 28 Sep, 2012

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:53 am

What do you think for electronic music?

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sqigls
KVRAF
4209 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:55 am

^ it's f**king sick

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Vortifex
KVRAF
1754 posts since 1 Sep, 2016

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:04 am

How does it compare to Magic Death Eye? I bought that on sale a while back and it's pretty sweet. The GUI on the Shadow Hills looks a bit 'busy'.

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sqigls
KVRAF
4209 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:11 am

i sold Magic Death Eye and bought Shadow Hills Class A

Scarlet Pumpernickel
KVRist
100 posts since 30 Jul, 2017

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:31 am

I bought it for $30 and played with it a little. Two points to keep in mind:
1) It's hard to gain match as both threshold and output controls are discrete.
2) It sounds like by engaging optical section, you're also engaging a LPF.

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Googly Smythe
KVRAF
2758 posts since 12 May, 2011 from Albion

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:33 am

sqigls wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:11 am
i sold Magic Death Eye and bought Shadow Hills Class A
I wouldn't buy anything called Magic Death Eye, purely on principle.
Yes, I probably miss out on a lot of good stuff. Don't care.
Are you listening, developers?

(stomps away, grumbling into his warm beer...)
Bandcamp - Soundcloud
What is life without a little whimsy?

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sqigls
KVRAF
4209 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:40 am

Magic Death Eye is a really really good compressor.

The 'easter egg mode' is great on bass and kicks too.
but when i loaded up the Class A version of Shadow Hills, i got a similar vibe on my basses, but it sounded even tighter and rumpier. yes that's a word.
It's very punchy.
Tight tight envelopes.
baby

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zvenx
KVRAF
7482 posts since 16 Feb, 2005 from Kingston, Jamaica

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:47 am

What is this easter egg mode you speak of? (Magic Death Eye)
I bought it in December but haven't really done much with it since.
rsp
sound sculptist

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sqigls
KVRAF
4209 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:55 am

click the logo, it swaps the algorithm with a grippier one

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zvenx
KVRAF
7482 posts since 16 Feb, 2005 from Kingston, Jamaica

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:02 am

sqigls wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:55 am
click the logo, it swaps the algorithm with a grippier one

Nice.
thanks
rsp
sound sculptist

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Aloysius
KVRAF
27148 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:06 am

sqigls wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:52 am
I am totally blown away
It's quite windy.
Hi-de-Hi!

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sqigls
KVRAF
4209 posts since 25 Dec, 2004 from Melbourne, Australia

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:08 am

from the words of the hardware creator, regarding the other algorithm...
When developing the plugin Christian was experimenting with the threshold and sent me a version that had a synthetic algorithm for how the gain reduction behaved. The compressor sounded slightly more aggressive and grabby. Kicks popped out a hair more. It was very cool and we bookmarked it for later. Close to release we decided to slip it in as an option for those who like to randomly click around the user interface. Just an extra bonus and something “a little roguish and a little weird”. You will know when its engaged…Enjoy.

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dionenoid
KVRian
640 posts since 3 Jan, 2019 from Holland

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:27 am

Aloysius wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:06 am
sqigls wrote:
Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:52 am
I am totally blown away
It's quite windy.
Did you fart again ?
More BPM please

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Aloysius
KVRAF
27148 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from another dimension

Re: Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Class A

Post Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:41 am

I don't fart but if I did my farts would smell like perfume.
Hi-de-Hi!

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