Enhance Your Music with the Iconic Tube Compressor
It's perhaps the most iconic piece of outboard gear ever. You've heard it on countless hit records — the legendary LA-2A. Patch your signal through it, and magic happens. First introduced in the early 1960s, the Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier fast became a staple in the racks of recording and broadcast studios large and small. Today, the Universal Audio LA-2A is crafted to original specifications in Scotts Valley, California, handwired point-to-point, with every component carefully selected for authenticity. Smooth, natural, and eminently musical, the legendary LA-2A's tube-driven electro-optical attenuation circuit delivers instant gain reduction with zero increase in harmonic distortion, massaging audio like no other compressor you've ever used. Every serious studio needs at least one.
An audio legend at work
A studio staple for over a half century, the LA-2A continues to captivate new generations of retro-seeking audio pros with its uncanny ability to work its magic on synth bass and 909 kick samples, in addition to its decades-long dominance as the non plus ultra compressor for vocals, bass, drums, guitars, and anything else you might care to feed it. Its this program-dependent quality, combined with its 2-knob ease of use, that has made the '2A an intrinsic part of the very fabric of pro audio.
You can't make it sound bad
Top artists, engineers, and producers prize the LA-2A for its subtle, alluring warming qualities. This compressor can be as transparent as needed on vocals, but you can also hit it hard for sizzling overdrive that will pump up a lackluster guitar like a dimed tube stack. It's brilliant as a permanent fixture in your vocal compression chain. In series with another compressor (the 1176 is a popular choice), the LA-2A helps deliver silky-smooth vocals. Hit the '2A hard to smooth out the largest peaks, then run the signal through the 1176 to tidy up. Experiment by reversing the chain. It's impossible to make the LA-2A sound bad.
Dial in legendary optical tube compression on vocals, bass, drums, and more
Record your tracks through legendary vintage-spec tube circuitry
Enhance your music with iconic warmth and tube limiting/compression
Simple, easy-to-use controls: gain and peak reduction knobs, limit/compress switch
Track and mix with a piece of audio recording history
Faithful to the original in design, manufacturing, and performance
Distortion- and lag-free optical attenuation system
Distortion: under 0.5% THD
0dB to 40dB gain limiting
Balanced XLR input and output
Frequency response 30Hz-15kHz (+0/-1dB)
Output level: 10dBm; Gain: 40dB
Low noise: 70dB below +10dBm output level
Handcrafted in UA's Scotts Valley, California labs
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