Shadow Hills Optograph This Single channel discrete optical compressor, in the API 500 series form factor, takes its cues and much of its design from the optical stage of its behemoth Big Brother, the Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor. The Optograph's front end is balanced by an original Jensen input transformer. The output utilizes our specially recreated Nickel transformer. The essence of the compressor's character comes from our custom electroluminescent cell and discrete op-amp combination. The high quality circuit is pristine enough for bus compression, and yet has a unique character reminiscent of an antique world class compressor, that has just now been discovered. It's also perfect for squeezing drum busses and massaging vocals. It's the perfect glue for tracking and mixing anything that needs to sound more finished, more like a record.