Now that’s a nice surprise! Plugin Alliance is releasing the Brainworx Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor as a native plug-in. Now you can enjoy the software emulation of the fabled 8000 dollar compressor natively in your DAW, without investing in UAD hardware.
The Brainworx Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor isn’t the first plug-in leaving the exclusive world of UAD, and our guess is that it won’t be the last. It’s probably too early to conjure up the end of UAD, but the more native alternatives become available, the fewer reasons there are for buying into the closed ecosystem. And with the BX Shadow Hill now available natively, you have an interesting alternative to Acustica Audio Aquamarine.
Dual optical and VCA compression
Just like the UAD version, the native Plugin Alliance / Brainworx Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor closely emulates the original. Which, at a price of almost 8000 bucks, is one of those units that only a few of us get to enjoy in real life. The plug-in comes with all the bits that make the Shadow Hills so special, including dual-stage optical and VCA compression. Like the original, the plug-in lets you choose from three different output transformers. The steel, nickel, and iron settings each have distinct sonic characteristics, according to Plugin Alliance.
Features available only in the plug-in include a parallel mix control and an external sidechain input. There’s also a sidechain filter, which you can use to prevent low frequencies from triggering the compression, for “ultra-tight mixes”.
Available July 15
The Plugin Alliance / Brainworx Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor will go on sale on July 15, 2019. Unfortunately, the price hasn’t been announced yet. A free 14-day demo version is available now at the Plugin Alliance website, so you can try the plug-in even before its official release date.
The native version of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor is available in VST2, VST3, AU, and AAX native formats. There are also AAX DSP and AAX AudioSuite versions. The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 or higher, and Windows 7 or higher.