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Sounds like it costs at least twice its price, and better than many plugins!
I needed a new compressor to use for my WASP and Pro~1 synth clones. I was using a Focusrite TwinTrak Pro, but it runs hot and has more features designed for microphones than line level sources. I was considering getting another 2xPreSous Studio Channels, but at half the price and after reading many positive reviews of the ART Pro VLA II, I decided to give it a try.
Wow! I am more than pleasantly surprised with the sound quality of the ART PRO VLA II. It provides compression from subtle and transparent to thick and saturated. It also has the best metering of any device in the studio– analog VU meters for switchable input or output metering, and digital LED meters for gain reduction and output level. I don't know how they produce a device with this quality at this price, but I'm glad I gave it a try. If you want a flexible dual channel/stereo hardware tube compressor, the ART PRO VLA II is absolutely worth your time.
It's decent stock. Good quality. Can't drive it so much. I dropped some "preferred" 12ax7's in there and wow! Butter. Great sound. I like it better than most of my plugins. Its slow compression, so good on vocals, acoustic guitar, strings, etc. This is a keeper. It has a home right in between the 1176's, Distressor's, LA2A's, DBX 160's etc. Great first compressor to learn with. Don't hesitate.