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.
|Equivalent Input Noise||-102dBu ('A' weighted)|
|Input Impedance||10K Ω|
|Output Impedance||100 Ω|
|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 20:1|
|Max Gain Reduction||30dB|
|Dimensions||5.23" H x 1.49" W x 6.6" D|