The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor is one made of pure unobtanium. The original Class A limited edition was only ever produced in a 50-units run. There are two versions of it, Red and Green. The Red version is said to be punchier, faster and more versatile compared to the more old-school Green variant.
Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor
Anyway, the reason we are talking about Shadow Hills’ gargantuan knobby comp is developer brainworx’s delivery of a true-to-life emulation of this rare beast. Endorsed by the hardware’s creators, the plug-in models the Class A limited edition Red version with some added bells and whistles. Improving on the hardware, the emulation brings M/S Processing, Mono, Stereo Width, Parallel Mix adjustments; a Sidechain filter and external sidechain input, and a scalable user interface.
As for the compressor itself, it features separate optical and discrete sections for two-stage compression; switchable output transformers with three modes – Nickel, Iron, and Steel. Nickel sharpens the top end, Iron adds midrange character, and Steel generates harmonic distortion. The discrete compression section utilize Lundahl input transformers, hand-wired Mogami cables, and other kinds of royal-blood components arranged into a mean mastering comp.
Price and release
The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor is on sale for USD 200, down from a regular USD 329. It’s available in all the usual plug-in formats for Windows and Mac computers.