Shadow Hills Industries (to use their full name) is a company that produces and sells one of the finest compressors ever made, a true modern classic by any standard. The fact anyone knows about the Shadow Hills brand at all is amazing, given that their website is so out of date and inaccessible to most people, but despite that, this compressor has become legendary.
In the SPL PASSEQ they have revived the concept of the passive equalizer that was used in the 50’s and 60’s. The charming sound of this vintage technology combined with the modern 120V technology results in a very special equalizer.
Inspired by some of the most popular compressors in the world, the Dramastic Audio Obsidian is a stereo feed-forward VCA style compressor designed with the recording, mixing, and mastering engineer in mind.
The Empirical Labs Lil FreQ like most Empirical Labs products offers something unique among it’s peers, in this case 8 processor sections. As with ELI’s other signal processors, the Empirical Labs Big FreQ Equalizer takes a somewhat unique approach to its job.
This is the 1U rack mounting version of the SSL G Series console master bus compressor, utilising the classic SSL G Series centre compressor design elements within a SuperAnalogue design topology. This brings the dual benefits of spectacular audio performance with a universally acclaimed compressor characteristic.
The striking front panel, machined from 1/4″ aircraft aluminum, handcrafted solid aluminum knobs, LEDs mounted individually in machined stainless steel housings, custom VU meters with peak indicators, mark the dbx 162SL as a leader for decades to come. Or so it seemed…