Shadow Hills Industries Dual VandergraphItem ID: DualVand
2-channel 500 Series Class-A VCA Compressor with Discrete Audio Path, Four Compression Ratios, Sidechain Filters, and Hardwire Bypass
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Impeccable Class A Stereo Compression for Your LunchboxThe Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph stereo compressor is a direct descendant of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor - in API 500 Series format. Packing discrete, fully Class A VCAs, the Dual Vandergraph carries forth its big sibling's sterling reputation for exceptional sound quality and performance. With its pristine sonics, the Dual Vandergraph makes an ideal bus compressor, and its four compression ratios make it easy to teach even the rowdiest signals good manners. If you're looking to juice your 500 Series rack with a premium stereo compressor, look no further than the Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph.
Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph 500 Series Stereo Compressor at a Glance:
Easy to operate
The Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph operates in stereo, however you control it with a single set of variable attenuators, rather than having to juggle two sets of controls. Nice! Even cooler, it will function normally with just a a single channel connected. Perhaps best of all, the Dual Vandergraph takes up very little of your precious studio real estate - just two spaces in your 500 Series chassis.
All the control you need
The Dual Vandergraph sports all the amenities you'd expect in a world-class compressor: four compression ratios, sidechain filters, hardwire bypass, and a vintage-flavored engraved front panel with a VU meter, tophat switch caps, and big classic knobs for compression and output level. No matter how gnarly or mild-mannered your input signal, compression ratios of 2:1, 2.5:1, 4:1, and 8:1 let you tailor your dynamics exactly the way you want them.
Seriously built to sound great
The uncompromising build of the Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph is, of course, to a large degree responsible for its amazing performance. Packed with top-drawer components such as discrete, fully Class-A VCAs and Swiss-made discrete rotary attenuators, every component was painstakingly selected based on its contribution to the overall design objective: stunning sound quality.
With its impressive sound and performance, ease of operation, and weapons-grade build quality, the Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph belongs in your 500 Series arsenal.
Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph 500 Series Stereo Compressor Features:
Juice your 500 Series rack with the Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph stereo compressor!
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Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
Iron, Iron, Iron
by John D from CTSo let's be honest, who HASN'T lusted after a $7,000 Shadow Hills Mastering Comp? I know I have, and that's why my eye turned to the dual vandy, which is basically with very few details withheld, the ... read more [+]VCA section of the SHMC. I plugged it into my rack with high hopes and it still and it kicked my @$$.
March 1, 2013
The sound? Iron, iron, iron... just a weighty, dense, confident, beautiful gut-punch. The options are fairly limited compared ot others (i.e. 4 selectable ratios and no attack/release fine-tuning), but what's there you can tell was very carefully selected and implemented - frankly, for someone like myself who is what I'll call a passionate hobbyist but not a professional who has a degree in audio production, I feel like the limited options are probably a good thing, as I know this is going to sound great wherever I set it - less opportunity for me to screw it up! The 1.25:1 and 2:1 are great on the mix bus and drum bus, and this thing does great with tracking, as well. Awesome purchase, I almost thing it's undervalued for the sounds you'll get, this thing is well worth the price tag!
The SH branding of invoking golden-age military technology/layout and feel is just plain COOL, too. If you haven't seen their website, check it out... gloriously archane. To get to a product page you have to look up a code in the manual and type it into the enigma machine... WTF!?!?!? LOVE IT! close [-]
Spank Me with VCA's!
by fromI'll try to do this gently with descriptions that are not commonly used.
May 17, 2012
Music Background: Producer / Engineer / Musician
You know how murky and flat some compressors get ? This is not that.
The Dual Vandy is a sure thing if you want q... read more [+]uick go to usable compression without too much guess work and the Jensen / Shadow Hills transformer combination delivers an angst that you won't find in another 3 lettered manufacturer. Don't get me wrong I like those other guys too but this DOES sound different and even in bypass it does something to the mind!
I've used this on drums, guitars, vocals and program stereo bus and all of the pre chosen ratios and release times are balanced nicely. With the side chain filter I'm able to get tailored responses from the detector to find something usable pretty quick. That being said I did only give a 4.5 due to one drawback for me. It has stepped potentiometers which is cool for recall and confidence but for me I find on occasion the need to go right in the middle of the current and last click of the dial. An easy work around is to back off the input via the fader just a hair and call it macaroni !
To sum it up I love this compressor and it keeps impressing me all the time. I will continue to buy Shadow Hills gear based on quality/ usability and vision laid out by Mr Reardon with whom I have an audio engineers man crush due to his legacy being made at Shadow Hills Industries. close [-]
Todd, Dunedin, FL
Shadow Hills Industries Dual Vandergraph
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