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Item Reviews for: ART Pro VLA II Tube Compressor  -  ART PROVLAII LIST

Does what I was hoping it would
By: Bryan from Arnold, MD      Submitted: 11/15/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Product is well made. My advice turn on the unit and walk away for a while 20 - 25 minutes to let the tubes warm up and stabilize. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? See Above Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Its a compressor. if you aren't familiar with good compressor setting, check your DAW as a cheat sheet with some of the presets. helps to get things in range, you still have to use your ears and better judgement. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? More range on the input Threshold would be nice, but short of that it's good. Sound How is the tone? Once the tubes are warmed up it is smooth. I have run acoustic guitar and clean electric guitar though the unit mic'd, no D.I. yet. Sounds very transparent and smooth. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Just received it, but assuming the internal boards don't take a dump I am expecting many years of enjoyable use.
Beautiful Compressor
By: Robert Leembruggen from Apache Junction, Arizona USA      Submitted: 10/28/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. Very musical. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Yes. Only time will tell its dependability. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? Very easy. Smart layout with good metering. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Like the link button. Would like VU meters to show attenuation. Sound How is the tone? I was raised on the LA2. This PRO VLA II has the same gentle attack and release allowing the drums to comfortably pulse the mix. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Too new to tell.
Fine compressor for a low budget home studio!
By: RustyAxe from Connecticut      Submitted: 4/3/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? It's new ... can't comment on dependability, but I have other ART outboard gear that are great. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? Flexible metering. Large, easy to read VU meters, functional LED meters as well. All compression parameters are easily modifiable. I particularly appreciate the finely detented controls. Nice touch. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? No more difficult than any other compressor. Using the unit is no problem, but knowing how, when, where, and why to use compression takes some experience and experimentation. The manual tells about the unit. A three part YouTube video ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehq9esUQm54 ... would be useful to those who don't know much about compression. Sound How is the tone? Does what a compressor is supposed to do, and does it well. Reliability How has it stood up over time? N/A It's brand new. General Your general opinion of this product. I'm happy with it. It works very well with my ART MPAii preamp (and looks pretty good in the rack with it, too).
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