ART VLA-500 Compressor

1-channel 500 Series Leveling Amplifier/Compressor with Optical Compression and 2 solid-state tone shaping circuits
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$199.00
Sweetwater Savings: $50.00 MSRP: $249.00
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ART VLA-500 Compressor
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It's a Pro-VLA for the 500 Series Format!

Bringing the sound of ART's Pro-VLA opto compressor to the 500 Series format, the VLA-500 delivers characteristically smooth compression with a comprehensive set of controls. In addition to threshold, ratio, attack, and release dials, the VLA-500 provides you with two different distortion engines. Punch kicks in JFET-based even-order harmonics, whereas Grit adds frequency-dependent distortion that makes any track to jump into the foreground. For years now, engineers have relied on the original rackmount Pro-VLA and its successor for exceptional dynamics control and value. Now you can stock your 500 Series rack with one - or more - of these studio essentials.

ART VLA-500 Leveling Amplifier/Compressor at a Glance:
  • Silky-smooth optical compression for stage and studio
  • Punch and Grit circuits deliver unique tonal options
Silky-smooth optical compression for stage and studio

ART's VLA-500 brings your the same VCA-less Vactrol-based (optical) compression circuit used in the company's widely used Pro-VLA. The VLA-500 not only delivers silky-smooth compression and excellent overall level control, it also gives you two user-selectable tone shaping circuits that make it one of the most versatile 500 Series dynamics processors we've seen here at Sweetwater. The VLA-500 delivers dynamics control that makes your tracks sound optimal, both live and in the studio.

Punch and Grit circuits deliver unique tonal options

The VLA-500's Punch circuit is a JFET harmonic enhancer that adds even-order harmonic distortion for a fatter, punchier sound, while taming extreme peaks that may slip by the Vactrol. There's also a Grit circuit which adds frequency-dependent signal distortion that turns any track into instant ear candy. This works particularly well on drums and percussion, solo brass, woodwinds, and even vocals when added presence and stature in your mix is called for. For the purest opto-compressor tone, simply bypass both Punch and Grit circuits - this is ideal for critical solo instruments and ultra-clean vocals. We know what you're thinking - and yes, you can combine Punch and Grit for cool and truly unique tone-shaping results!

ART VLA-500 Leveling Amplifier/Compressor Features:
  • 500 Series dynamics module - requires compatible 500 Series chassis
  • Based on Popular PRO-VLA technology
  • VCA-less Vactrol Opto-compressor design
  • Two additional selectable solid-state tone shaping circuits (Punch and Grit)
  • Variable Threshold, Ratio and Output controls
  • Two units are linkable for stereo or multichannel operation
  • Accurate, informative LED Metering
Punch it up with the ART VLA-500!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Channels 1
Controls Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release
Ratio 2:1 to 20:1
Frequency Response 20Hz-100kHz
Height 5.23"
Depth 6.6"
Width 1.49"
Weight 0.7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number VLA500

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See also: 500 Series Compressors, ART, ART 500 Series Dynamics