Hazelrigg Industries


Single-Channel Compression Amplifier 
Hand-Built in the USA
Transparent Dynamics Control
Designed by D.W. Fearn
Joining the Hazelrigg Industries Solutions Series, the VNE is a handcrafted, single channel compressor designed to elegantly control dynamics without negatively affecting the tonal qualities of the source material. 
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Dynamics Control for an Immersive World


Ideal for tracking and mixing, the Hazelrigg Industries VNE features an all Class-A vacuum tube audio path, like all D.W. Fearn and Hazelrigg Industries products. As originally introduced in the D.W. Fearn VT-7 Stereo Tube Compression Amplifier, the gain reduction circuit utilizes readily available tubes to deliver classic tube compressor performance, while employing an innovative Pulse Width Modulation control circuit to drive the compression. The combination of this precision PWM control methodology and D.W. Fearn’s high fidelity compression amplifier design result in an audio tool that delivers comprehensive dynamics control, without imparting unwanted tonal artifacts on the source material. In use, the VNE can be applied as subtly or aggressively as desired while retaining a beautifully transparent sonic signature.  

As with all D.W. Fearn and Hazelrigg Industries offerings, each component has been hand selected for superior audio performance and rock-solid reliability and – most importantly – critical decisions in the development process were made during rigorous listening tests to ensure that the resulting device delivers superlative audio performance on any source, and on any session.     In addition, the front panel of the VNE has been designed for fast, easy and intuitive operation and includes controls for Threshold, Attack, Release and Gain as well as a three-way rotary switch allowing the user to bypass compression or to insert a High-Pass Filter (HPF) in the side-chain to reduce the gain-reduction sensitivity to low frequencies. This is a gentle roll-off, nominally at 100Hz, to avoid heavy low-frequency transients from overly modulating the audio level. 

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  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.5dB
  • -3dB at 5Hz and 65kHz
  • THD: less than 0.07%
  • Signal to Noise Radio: better than 80dB
  • Pulse Width Modulation Compression as employed in the D.W. Fearn VT-7
  • Transformer Coupled Input and Output
  • All-Tube Signal Path
  • Front Panel Output Level Indicator
  • Front Panel Gain Reduction Meter
  • Rear Panel Balanced Line Input (XLR)
  • Rear Panel Balanced Line Output (XLR)
  • 7 Year Warranty (90 days for vacuum tubes)
  • Hand Crafted in the USA


Brian Moncarz - Mixer/Producer“This is a tube compressor that sounds incredibly musical on any source. I’ve always loved the D.W. Fearn VT-7, and the VNE delivers the same kind of smooth and bold performance. Whether I was going for subtle compression or super-aggressive squashing, it handled everything I fed through it with huge sonics that really helped vocals and instruments gel in a complex production. It’s an absolute pleasure to use.” Brian Moncarz, Award-winning engineer/producer

“Those who don’t believe in magic have clearly never used a VLC and VNE in combination!” – Mat (Songsbury) Teofilo, Songwriter, Musician, Engineer, Producer

Wes "Wesonator" Maebe
“The VNE is one of those compressors that sounds great when nothing is happening and you can take it to the extremes without it sounding squashed or claustrophobic. If there was “another” aeronautical term for an audio processor it would be CAVU (Ceiling Audio Visibility Unlimited).Wes “Wesonator” Maebe, Engineer/Producer


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