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Manley Labs – Massive Passive & Vari-Mu

Manley Labs – Massive Passive & Vari-Mu

From Aphex Twin remixes to Korg patches to Nike commercials, the work of Atlanta-based electronic musician / producer / sound designer Richard Devine is everywhere – and the Manley Massive Passive and Stereo Variable Mu are now part of his creative process.

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Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor – In Stock!

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor – In Stock!

Mastering-grade compressor/limiter for tracking and mixing – requires Shadow Hills PSU (not included)

The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor has extraordinary functionality, and also provides mastering grade compression and limiting for tracking and mixing. Essentially it is two compressors in series, per channel, that can act in stereo, or dual mono. First comes our mastering grade electro-optical compressor, followed by our discrete Class-A compressor/limiter. Both feed our switchable custom output transformers, Nickel, Iron, and Steel. There is enough gain in each section to overdrive the hottest tape, or clip your converters, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The input stage is transformer balanced, followed by our fully discrete optical compressor. This section utilizes the same T4B optical attenuator as the LA2A and LA3A, but is optimized for mastering. The second stage is our discrete Class-A VCA compressor. There are no electrolytic caps or IC chips in the audio path. There are six ratios: 1.2 to 1, 2 to 1, 3 to 1, 4 to 1, 6 to 1, and 10 to 1. There is six attack settings: .1, .5, 1, 5, 10, and 30 milliseconds. And there are six release times selectable: .1, .25, .5,8, 1.2, and Auto. There is an insert-able filter in the side chain to limit pumping with bass heavy material. Lastly the signal goes through our new Shadow Hills custom transformer-switching network.

The first position is Nickel, which is our custom version of a famous L. A. custom console. Next is Iron. In this mode the signal goes through our op-amp and into a Class-A output stage then to our custom Iron transformers, the last transformer position is Steel. These selections allow you to choose between different output transformers that are in effect: clean, colored, and dirty, respectively.

The optical section has a hard-wired bypass that completely removes it from the signal path, and the Class-A VCA compressor is also hardwire bypassable, completely removing it from the chain. It is possible to independently bypass both compression sections and have your signal go through the input transformer and transformer selector only. There is also a hardwire bypass for the entire compressor, effectively a strait wire in and out of the box. So besides being a mastering grade, and highly functional buss compressor, it serves as an excellent tracking compressor.

For instance, you might call up the chain of the optical compressor, then to the Class-A output and Iron transformer, for vocals, or select just the Class-A VCA compressor with a 10:1 plus the Steel transformer for crushing some room mics, and on and on.

The metering can reflect, optical gain reduction, discrete gain reduction, or output level. The Magic eye tube follows the output meter to act as a peak meter.

All 17 of the rotary switches are detented. The front panel is engraved. The knobs are bake-lite, and the two-rack space external power supply will work in any country on any voltage.

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Watch How the Pros Use UAD

Watch How the Pros Use UAD

Recording Monsieur Periné Live and Remote

Learn how Grammy-winning producer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby) tracked international superstars Monsieur Periné on a remote island using Apollo interfaces.

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Bringing the Edge to Nashville

Learn how Grammy-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Emmylou Harris)uses UAD plug-ins to lend signature attitude to his rocking, genre‑defiant sound.

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Joel Hamilton with Lyrics Born

Watch Grammy-nominated engineer Joel Hamilton (Tom Waits, Pretty Lights) record Lyrics Born using Apollo interfaces and Unison technology.

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Neve AMS at Awave

Neve AMS at Awave

With a reputation for creating the world’s sweetest sounding and longest-lasting analogue and digital consoles, the most discerning artists, producers and facility
owners regard our products as number one for desirability on their equipment list,
and have done for the past fifty years.

AMS Neve is a dedicated, engineering-led and privately owned Company whose continuing mission is to provide the best possible sound, capability and operational
experience for the most creative people in the world – whether it be for film,
recorded music, or TV and broadcast.

All of our products are designed and built in England in our purpose built,
integrated facility. Close supervision of the entire process by the
product designers ensures the finest performance possible.
Recognised by all the premier bodies in the various fields of music, TV and film, the products and their designers have been honoured by two Scientific and Engineering Academy® Awards, an Emmy™ and a Grammy™ amongst many others. We have
pioneered a very large number of the ground-breaking techniques in the industry
including hard disk editing, digital console technology, digital audio for film, microprocessor controlled effects units and standards such as MADI.

In the transient world of short product life cycles, AMS Neve’s products stand the
test of time. In addition to being designed and built to last, our long-standing policy
of offering continuing upgrades to take advantage of the latest technology and
techniques on many products means obsolescence is minimised. The value in your
AMS Neve equipment remains long after the alternatives are in landfill. A large
proportion of all the products we have ever made are still in daily use and many
have achieved iconic, dearly loved and valuable status.

A sound investment indeed.

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API Co-Founder Saul Walker Receives Technical GRAMMY

API Co-Founder Saul Walker Receives Technical GRAMMY

On Saturday, May 11th, API Co-Founder Saul Walker (1969-2016) was honored with the Recording AcademyTMTechnical GRAMMY® Award for his life-long achievements in the music industry as an exceptional designer, engineer, teacher, and mentor. In attendance at the Hollywood Dolby Theatre ceremony were API President Larry Droppa and Mr. Walker’s family, including his daughter Yren Berry who accepted the award on his behalf.

Although Mr. Walker founded API 50 years ago in 1969, his designs remain the backbone of API and continue to influence the music industry. API could not be more honored to continue his legacy 50 years later. API would like to thank the Recording AcademyTM and the GRAMMY®Awards for recognizing Saul Walker’s influence and accomplishments within the music industry.

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Black Lion Audio presents the NEW Bluey

Black Lion Audio presents the NEW Bluey

Experienced recording engineers are all familiar with the concept of “happy accidents” — those once-in-a-blue-moon moments that ignite spontaneous magic in your recordings. You can’t plan them — they’re organic, comprised of sheer randomness or even bone-headed mistakes. It’s the guitarist getting caught in the wrong key (“modal jazz!”); the wrong track patched into the sidechain (“Grammy-winning engineering!”); singers riffing when they thought it was just a run-through (“pure poetic brilliance!”). The same audio gods sometimes smile down upon a piece of vintage gear. Through decades of repair and maintenance, some units seem to improve with time.

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Heritage Audio at Awave

Heritage Audio at Awave

Heritage Audio was founded in 2011

By Peter Rodriguez a Sound Engineer and Musical Producer with vast experience in the Music Industry.

Heritage Audio’s mission is to bring back the Golden Age of Recording and adapting it to the 21st Century Studios.

Our products cover the various needs in analog signal processing. They are designed and manufactured in Spain and they are sold in more than 36 countries worldwide.

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API Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Debuts Two Limited Edition Modules

API Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Debuts Two Limited Edition Modules

With the dawn of 2019, API reaches the exciting milestone of its 50th anniversary. The company is honored and humbled to play such a key role in the recording and production of music for the past 50 years, from the rock anthems of the 70s to the pop ballads of today, and all genres in between. To commemorate 50 incredible years in the industry, API proudly announces the introduction of two limited edition 50th Anniversary modules which help celebrate API’s rich history of invention, creativity, and innovation.

The API 550A 50th Anniversary Edition is a discrete 3 band EQ and an exacting reproduction of the original Saul Walker design from the early 1970s. For nearly 50 years the 550A has played a major role in the recording industry and remains the standard by which other EQs are measured. These special limited edition units are painstakingly hand assembled and wired, and feature an exact reproduction of Walker’s original printed circuit board. Each unit is a true work of art, inside and out, and represents a piece of recording history. Every Anniversary Edition 550A carries an individual serial number denoting its status as part of a limited run of 50 units.

The API 312 50th Anniversary Edition is a faithful reproduction of the original 312 microphone preamp used in API consoles from the 1970s and still highly sought after today. Packaged into a modern 500 Series module, the 312 is one of API’s most famous mic preamps and is the basis of the highly successful 3124 series. Starting from an exact reproduction of Saul Walker’s original 312 printed circuit board, API engineered the 312’s classic design true to the original, including the hand-wired gain pot and switches. Each unit carries an individual serial number noting the limited run of 150 units.