KMR Audio has supplied Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios complex with two Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraphs.
A ‘direct descendant’ of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, the Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph stereo compressor features a fully discrete Class A audio path and custom Iron Transformers. The combination of the discrete gain cells of the Mastering Compressor and the Optograph’s flexible Sidechain Filter matrix is said to provide ‘great possibilities for new recording techniques and the dynamic control’. Controls are Ratio, Filter, Compression and Output Level.
Studio manager and senior engineer Charles Rees (pictured) – whose many studio credits include Weller’s most recent album, the award-winning Wake Up the Nation – commented: “I was looking for a solution to achieving the right sort of compression and KMR were kind enough to let us try the Shadowhills units. The compression is discernible but wonderfully transparent. You can hear the difference without it affecting the sound, which is what we liked.
“We chained two Dual Vandergraphs together which gives a very subtle effect. Not only that but operating the units is extremely quick, with no fiddling about.”