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—Developed  by UAD Direct Development Partner Brainworx, Shadow Hills Plug-In  Offers Authentic Emulation of Highly Revered Hardware Mastering  Compressor —

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SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • October 26, 2012 Universal  Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of professional audio  recording hardware and software, is pleased to announce the impending  release of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In for the UAD  Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo  Audio Interface. Created by UAD Direct Development partner Brainworx® and Shadow Hills Industries founder Peter Reardon, this true-to-life plug-in emulation of the hallmark Mastering  Compressor expertly tempers dynamics and tames transients like no other  device on the market.

“The Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor hardware is capable  of delivering so much character and color, from subtle to very dramatic.  It was important to me that any plug-in emulation provided the same  sonic experience,” said Shadow Hills’ Peter Reardon.  “Thankfully, the team at Brainworx and Universal Audio have faithfully  brought this hardware product to life in the digital world.”

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) from a velvet touch to an iron fist.

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.

Whether employed on a vocal chain, drum buss, or on the  master fader, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor’s unique control and  character will inspire creativity.

Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor Plug-In Features:

  • Meticulous emulation of the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor, licensed and endorsed by Peter Reardon
  • Created by Brainworx, developed exclusively for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform
  • Separate Optical and Discrete (VCA) dynamics sections for two-stage serial dynamics control
  • Transformer matrix switches between Nickel, Iron, and  Steel output transformers — like selecting between 3 distinct vintage  console outputs
  • 90Hz sidechain filtering for musical compression of low-frequency program material
  • Large, accurate VU meters provide Optical, Discrete, or Output gain views
  • Custom presets created by Shadow Hills founder and designer Peter Reardon  

Available as part of the upcoming UAD Software v6.3.2 release, scheduled for early November, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor will be available for $299 US from UA’s  Online Store.

Learn more about the award-winning UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform here:

About UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator  hardware, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer the world’s most authentic analog  hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins on Mac and PC. UAD  plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality  that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording  systems.

About Universal Audio Inc.
Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and  refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for  its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal  Processing technology for recording, mixing,  and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is  focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital  technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, “Analog  Ears. Digital Minds.” www.uaudio.com

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