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The ART Pro-VLA II is a tube driven Vactrol-based compressor/leveling amplifier designed for tracking, mixing, mastering, live sound, or broadcast situations. By using an opto-electronic design, (as opposed to a more typical VCA driven level detection circuit) the Pro-VLA II allows more compression to be added to an audio source with a more natural, musical sounding output and virtually transparent dynamic leveling. This VCA-less design coupled with a 12AT7 vacuum tube in the gain stage makes the Pro-VLA II an ideal dynamic control device.


  • Vactrol Opto-Compression Design (no VCA)
  • Mastering-Quality Audio Signal Path with Tube Gain Stage
  • Enhanced Link Mode - While in stereo link mode, channel 1 level control acts as a master output level and channel 2 becomes a balance control between them, - optimizing the Pro-VLA II for use as a mastering tool
  • Variable Threshold, Ratio & Output Controls
  • LED Backlit VU Input/Output Level Metering
  • LED Metering Indicates Both Average Level And Peak Hold
  • Accurate Ten Segment LED Gain Reduction Metering
  • +4dBu/-10dBV Mode Switch Optimizes Pro-VLA II For Interface With Professional OR Consumer Grade Components
  • Active Balanced XLR And 1/4-inch Inputs and Outputs
  • Toroidal Transformer Reduces Mechanical and Electrical Hum


HW Worth Owning for Mixing Hybrid?

... end hw and learn wich pieces are cheap sleepers. The older behringer MDX 1000 are sleepers and good DBX clones. ART PRO VLA II you can get him for cheap on e-bay. Today there is no real bad gear anymore. Most of it is decent stuff and you will find its spot.

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In Defense of Mackie VLZ Mixers

...your 2 bus. I like the tried and true Art VLA for this job. Just remember to set it minimally and with a slow attack and long release time. Your tracks will have some character and juice without trying to drive the Mackie hard. Alternatively an old Aphex 700 multiband limiter can do nice...

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What gear are you thinking about selling next, and why?

I'm actually doing it. The purge is ongoing. Downsizing, finally. Sold in the last few weeks: Matrix 1000 Emu MP7 Virus TI desktop TC Helicon VoiceLive 3 Privia PX5S MODX7 Hydrasynth Novation 61SL mk3 On the bench / on the fence: Slim Phatty X-station 61 TG77 K2500RS Markbass Stereo Multiamp Art Pro VLA II Geddy Lee Jazz Akai EWI usb A6 2011 MBP Bye bye gear, hello space.

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