Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor

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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.

Now You Can:

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

M. O'Brien

October 14, 2021

Would be nice if they fixed it.

Fix The bug in Cubase!

S. Tieger

October 13, 2021

SHADOW HILLS MASTERING COMPRESSOR

Great tool... glues it all together

E. Bureau

July 27, 2021

Perfect mastering compressor

The only non-vintage compressor that I use. I do late 60' inspired productions, and mainly use Fairchild, Teletronix etc. However, this compressor has been my go-to for mastering tasks. It just makes everything you put through it sound better. More coherent, more polished and more present. Really easy to use despite all the knobs.

D. Kuchta

July 26, 2021

Ulitmate Mastering Compressor

If you want to sound like the pros, this is it!

G. Herrera

July 23, 2021

One word (Glue)

It is so good on bass and drums but shines on the master bus for making things all come together

a. kumar

July 16, 2021

Shadow hils master compressor

It's amazing plug-in

a. kumar

July 16, 2021

Shadow hils master compressor

It's amazing plug-in

a. kumar

July 16, 2021

Shadow hils master compressor

It's amazing plug-in

L. Tian Siung

July 14, 2021

Nice tool

Nice and easy to use

J. Harper

July 13, 2021

Good plugin

This plugin adds versatile compression that is great for mix bus and master tracks. there was a noticeable difference when applied to vox bus of a track I had been working with. Clean sound

E. Hasselberg

July 4, 2021

A handy tool

This one is useful where ever there is low end. It really make bass and drums shine! This one is a go to for my drum bus!

D. Murphy

July 1, 2021

Just great.

Amazing mastering compressor, this and my Fairchilds are the full set, don't think I'll ever need anything more.

M. van Biesen

June 19, 2021

Unbeatable for Master Buss

Superb Mastering Compressor, even replaced my beloved SSL 4000G. Highly recommended; perfect glue for your tracks.

G. Perez

June 11, 2021

Mastering

Use it for my mix and mastering still learning

m. alexander

May 19, 2021

Best compressor I’ve ever used

There is nothing on the market that compares to the richness this compressor can add. It’s the Rolls Royce of compressors.

s. jun

May 18, 2021

I really like this

I really like this

J. Richard

May 8, 2021

Digital Gravestone

Love it!!

G. Wolin

April 14, 2021

Money well spent.

To anyone mixing in the box, I highly recommend the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug in. It seams to glues everything together and gives the mix a nice polished sheen. Definitely money well spent.

G. Wolin

April 14, 2021

Money well spent.

To anyone mixing in the box, I highly recommend the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug in. It seams to glues everything together and gives the mix a nice polished sheen. Definitely money well spent.

A. Smirnov

April 11, 2021

The one

Makes the sound alive. Great pump. Love playing my elektron drum machines though it. Instant buy.