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$299.00

The world’s most remarkable and revered audio compressor — available as a UAD plug-in.

The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces provides everything from a velvet touch to an iron fist — making it a go-to on records by Muse, Green Day, Gnarls Barkley, and more. Designed by Brainworx, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in is a thorough emulation of the high-end hardware.

Few pieces of audio hardware are as revered as the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor. Created by enigmatic mastermind, Peter Reardon, this five-rackspace behemoth tempers dynamics and tames transients like no other compressor in history. With its serial, two-stage dynamics control and switchable output transformer matrix.

Mix and master with an emulation of the legendary Shadow Hills Compressor, endorsed by Peter Reardon

Harness Nickel, Iron, and Steel transformer types for a wide range of distortion characteristics and transient limiting

Use separate Optical and Discrete (VCA) dynamics sections for two-stage serial dynamics control

Employ 90 Hz sidechain filtering for musical compression of low-frequency program material

Three Majestic Compressors in One

Three Majestic Compressors in One

The genius of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in is its ability to control dynamics in two stages — an Optical and Discrete (VCA). Both sections can be bypassed, effectively providing three compression sounds (Optical, Discrete, and combined) in a single unit.

The Optical section is highly program dependent, with basic Threshold and Gain settings, and a two-stage release time akin to the classic LA-2A — perfect for gently taming dynamic range. The Discrete section takes over where the Optical section leaves off, provides precise control over gain, threshold, ratio, attack, and release.

Switchable Output Transformers — Nickel, Iron, and Steel

Switchable Output Transformers — Nickel, Iron, and Steel

The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in’s tonal palette is enhanced by a unique matrix which allows selection between three output transformers — Nickel, Iron, and Steel. By switching the selected transformer type in and out of the signal path, you can hear the different frequency response, distortion characteristics, and transient limiting of each transformer — going from “clean” (Nickel), to “colored” (Iron), to “dirty” (Steel).

Key Features

Meticulous emulation of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, licensed and endorsed by Peter Reardon
Created by Brainworx, developed exclusively for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform
Separate Optical and Discrete (VCA) dynamics sections for two-stage serial dynamics control
Separate Threshold and makeup Gain for each dynamics section
Fixed Ratio, Attack and Recover settings within the Discrete section
Transformer matrix switches between Nickel, Iron, and Steel output transformers — like selecting between 3 distinct vintage console outputs
90 Hz sidechain filtering for musical compression of low-frequency program material
Large, accurate VU meters provide Optical, Discrete, or Output gain views
Custom presets created by Shadow Hills founder and designer Peter Reardon
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

Overall Rating

V. Kozarin

January 23, 2023

Sounds absolutely fantastic

I use it on vocals with some of the presets. Makes a huge improvement to blend any type of lead vocals in a final mix. Love it

S. Lopez

January 8, 2023

The Sauce

Can You Feel Me - Dru Down

J. De la Rosa

January 7, 2023

Excelente

☺️

O. Cruz-Olivencia

January 2, 2023

Pushing the limits!!

This plugin is amazing and solid!! Top 5 for me!!

V. Trendel

January 1, 2023

Extremely sharp comp, really complet with a Great sound !

Extremely sharp comp, really complet with a Great sound !

A. Litwinowicz

December 15, 2022

This "plug" can blow your mind!

This plug can blow your mind out! It's a magic device in a plugin... It's close to perfection for mastering and mixing. This is the best plugin of this type that I have used so far. I highly recommend.

s. arıgül

December 14, 2022

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

Thanks UAD, Great plug-in!

a. brown

October 15, 2022

Shadows No Other!

Shadow Hills Shadows No Other!! Great Compressor even better price

L. Motta

September 23, 2022

This is Amazing!

Probably the best mastering compressor out there...

T. Yoshida

September 1, 2022

Great magic on the master track!

I double insert Shadow hills on the master track.
Using optical and VCA properly, just adding a little reduction will add polish to the song. I've never used a real device, but I'm impressed with UAD's technology. Very nice! I should have noticed this sooner.

D. Luchtmeijer

July 8, 2022

Perfect in mastering chain

Love his unique compression and warmth

H. Nguyen

June 29, 2022

Good

Very good software

R. Rasiński

June 29, 2022

It works a bit differently than P.A. version

I own and use both UAD and P.A. versions of this plugin and found that they both work differently. The differences are subtle but very important in the mastering process. P.A. it changes the sound a bit, especially the Hihats and Snare Drums, while the UAD version seems more similar to the hardware. It adds a nice analog warmth without changing the sound in individual frequencies. The sound differences occur because other people are responsible for the Circuit Modeling Algorithms. The UAD version is my mastering blessing.

A. Gray

June 12, 2022

The master of masters

Shadow hills, what more could you need !

Q. Phùng

May 12, 2022

Rất tốt

Âm thanh nghe mềm mại

J. Thompson

May 4, 2022

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

L.O.V.E - Love it. This is really the first Mastering compressor that I "personally" can hear what it adds to the mastering buss. What is cool is that you don't have to add a lot if any just add to your buss and you'll hear the difference.

C. Lee

April 16, 2022

Must have for Mastering!

Great mastering comp! Sounds just like the original.

D. Bojan

March 16, 2022

Fuller than full

Not sure how to explain what this does, but it does it well. My eyes open wide ever time this gets enabled on a track then I shake my head wondering how much my tracks have been missing for years.

H. Gale

February 4, 2022

Smooth as silk

I absolutely love this emulation!!

j. arroyo

January 29, 2022

ARIELLOS STUDIO

WOW! compressor for mastering.this thing is great on my mixing .super