Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
Good but not great
I love SH hardware, and this plug-in came highly recommended. However, I don't find myself using it much for mastering - or at all! I was expecting a go-to tool for stereo busses but it turns out I only use it in rare circumstances. The coloration can be unpleasant (not like the hardware). Unlike other UA emulations it's tough to dial in a just-right sound with this plug-in. If my experience changes, I'll revisit this review but right now I can only give it 3 stars. It's overpriced for its utility, and it's not even close to other compressor/limiter emulations offered by UA.
I have been using it a lot on my master buss and it works great. Massaging the flow of music and adding nice, transparent punch.
You can have a lot of fun and learn how it works when you listen to Spotify via UAD Console and run it through Shadow Hills.
It will make some of the streamed tracks sound more punchy :) not all of them of course!
One of the best purchases for my UAD arsenal, highly recommended!
Fantastic in my mastering chain
I'm very satisfied ... incredibly easy to work with and sounds great ... and really nice plugin size
Make it knock!
Choose your flavour from the transistors on it (there are 3 of them), go to the opto comp and finish it with a -2db gr.. thats it, your masters will sound as big as mainstream songs do.
I own the 500 series dual Vandergraph and while the hardware settings are somewhat inflexible, I was able to tweak the plugins discrete section to sound almost identicle. Can’t speak for the optical section except that the plugin version sounds good (have not compared to hardware unit) Only difference was some slight calibration issues. Hardware was hotter in general. For $300 vs. 2G it’s kinda no brainer. I read some bad reviews on this so I bought the dual Vandergraph expecting more....maybe hearing a 1% difference if that. I recommend this plugin.
Master bus magic
I don't have any experience whatsoever using the hardware version of this unit, but I will say that the plugin works wonders on my master bus. It's hardly subtle but never obnoxious. Even though the controls are a bit... complicated, my mixes started getting way better after I figured out my preferences. I've since started mixing into it and I can't imagine not using this one anymore. Great stuff.
Best UAD plugin!
With it´s special compression caracteristics and extraordinary musical
Lacks a lot in drum transients compared to HW dynamics
Just compare to the test file in this thread:
Sadly, the shadow hill comp is amazing over the whole track, but the plugin just sucks out the transients in a way all too common for SW dynamics. Easy to find the plugin in a level matched blind test. UAD 1176s are great, but this doesn't seem to cut it.
Love this UA plug in!
Really beautiful color and more!
Definitely happy with this purchase!
My new go-to plugin!!!!
This plugin is going on everything from my drum bus, vocal bus, synths, fx, and another on the mix bus. This adds just the right amount of beef that i love.
So far, so Good
Just using it for subtle compression on tracks and it seems extremely transparent. Looking forward to learning more of what it can do
Swiss armi knife comp
It works well on everything! To Tame a over dinamyc track...to squash the hell Out of a drum sound and bring Out those hide harmonics and resonances...to add the transformer spark! ... A little bit expensive...but in the long run It'ill be a deal!
This Sound is awesome !
Perfect Mastering Tool !
Very sensitive compressor!
This is a wonderful emulation of an expensive device.
I'm very pleased with the way it colors the sound.
Fine settings for cosmetic intervention. Very good!!!
MORE HIGH THAN CLOUDS
I buy this cause The God of the Shadows say to me: ¿Do you wanna be on the top of the Hills?
It just makes my mix sounds complete!!!