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Universal Audio Announces Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, K-Stereo Ambience Recovery Plug-Ins

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in

Universal Audio (UA) announces the impending release of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in ($299) and the Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery plug-in ($199) for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interface, available as part of the upcoming UAD Software Version 6.3.2 release, scheduled for early November.

Created by UAD Direct Development partner brainworx and Shadow Hills Industries founder Peter Reardon, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in emulation is designed to expertly temper dynamics and tame transients.

As the go-to compressor on recordings by Muse, Gnarls Barkley, Coldplay, John Mayer, Regina Spektor, and more, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor features a world-class signal path, controlling music dynamics in two stages: first with an Optical section, then with a Discrete (VCA) section. Both sections can be bypassed, providing a variety of compression sounds (Optical, Discrete, and combined). Like the hardware version, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor plug-in offers selection of three distinct output transformers (Nickel, Iron, and Steel)—taking the signal from “clean” to “colored” and “dirty”—as if selecting from the output stages of three distinct classic analog consoles. It also offers 90Hz sidechain filtering for musical compression of low-frequency program material; large, accurate VU meters providing Optical, Discrete, or Output gain views; and custom presets created by Shadow Hills founder and designer Peter Reardon.

Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery plug-in

Universal Audio created the Precision K-Stereo Ambience Recovery plug-in in collaboration with mastering engineer Bob Katz to extract ambient cues from source recordings, allowing users to precisely enhance the stereo depth and imaging of mixes without unnatural artifacts.

Designed for critical 2-track mastering or post-production applications, the K-Stereo plug-in adds depth and width to busy or narrow-sounding mixes. Using elements of the Haas effect and other psychoacoustic principles, the plug-in transparently enhances existing ambience and early reflections without adding artificial reverb or changing the ratio of center elements to side elements. It has a 3-band Ambience Filter EQ for further shaping the effect; Mid/Side gain controls available to adjust the center-to-side balance; Left/Right Gain controls for final stereo image balancing and leveling; and includes custom user presets created by Bob Katz.

Both new plug-ins will be available from UA’s Online Store.

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