ART VLA500 500 Series Vactrol Compressor

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ART VLA500 500 Series Vactrol Compressor

The VLA-500 brings the same VCA-less Vactrol based compression circuit used in ART's legendary Pro-VLA, putting to a convenient 500 Series format for the first time. Capable not only of delivering incredibly smooth compression and overall dynamic control, the VLA-500 also offers two user selectable tone shaping circuits making it one of the most versatile signal processors in your 500 Series rack. The 'Punch' circuit is a J-FET Harmonic Enhancer that adds even-order harmonic distortion for a fuller, "punchier" tone while taming nasty peaks that may escape the Vactrol. The Grit circuit adds frequency-dependent signal distortion to make any track truly stand out. This is a highly creative effect that can work especially well on drums and percussion, solo brasses and woodwinds and even vocals when added presence and position in a mix is required. Bypassing both 'Punch' and 'Grit' circuits delivers the purest Opto-compressor tone, perfect for critical solo instruments and clean vocals. 'Punch' and 'Grit' circuits can even be combined for additional tone shaping options.


  • 500 Series Form Factor Compressor Module
  • Based on Popular PRO-VLA Technology
  • VCA-less Vactrol Opto-Compressor Design
  • Two Additional Selectable Solid State Tone Shaping Circuits ('Punch' & 'Grit')
  • Variable Threshold, Ratio and Output Controls
  • Stereo / Multi-Channel Linkable LED Metering


  • Equivalent Input Noise: -102dBu ('A' weighted)
  • Input Impedance: 10K ?
  • Output Impedance: 100 ?
  • Inputs Level: +20dBu
  • Output Level: +20dBu
  • Output Gain: +20dB max Frequency Response: 20Hz to 100KHz (+/- 0.5dB) Dynamic Range: >120dB (20-20KHz) Attack Time: 0.25msec. to 50msec. variable Release Time: 150msec. to 3 sec, variable Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.003% (@1kHz, typical) Power Requirements: 80mA (75mA @+ 15V, 4mA@48V) Slope: Variable: 2:1 to 20:1Max Gain Reduction: 30dB Dimensions: 5.23" H x 1.49" W x 6.6" D Weight: 0.7 lbs (0.32kg)


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