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Customer Reviews 141 Reviews

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by D. Hinton (1/2/2015):

This by far is one of the best compressors on the planet in real life and in the software world ... Read more

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Overview

Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier Plug-In

Enjoy the Warm, Smooth Compression of this Classic Opto-Electrical Attenuator in a Plug-In

The Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier is practically the definition of tube-based vintage audio gear. The original LA-2A is responsible for the incredibly rich, warm compression found in countless classic recordings over the last 40 years. Universal Audio studied not just the LA-2A hardware’s sound, but how each component interacted and behaved under a full range of studio conditions — giving you that smooth, ultra-musical sound. In fact, the word “emulation” hardly does this plug-in justice. It is, more accurately, a “digital copy” of the Teletronix LA-2A, and upholds all the classic, analog characteristics of the original with unprecedented clarity and sound quality.

Audio professionals revere the LA-2A. The original was immediately acknowledged for its smooth, natural compression characteristics. A unique tube-driven electro-optical attenuator system allows instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion — an accomplishment at the time, still appreciated today.

 


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  • Hector Delgado

    (Jay-Z, Ledisi)

    "On Vocals, I always use an LA-2A to a SSL E Series Channel Strip to an 1176LN to a Precision De-Esser. They're amazing."

    Ivan Barias

    (Mary J. Blige)

    "The UAD LA2A is the first thing in my vocal chain. It brings unmatched attitude to lead vocals & sets the tone for songs."

    Ross Hogarth

    (R.E.M, Keb' Mo, Ziggy Marley)

    "The LA-2A plug-in is the closest thing to my analog version that I have found.”

    Gareth Jones

    (Erasure, Mogwai)

    "I use the LA-2A plug-in a lot. I love it on pianos. Obviously it hasn't got noise, it's got color and that's what's so great about it."

    Gary Paczosa

    (Allison Krauss)

    "[The UAD-1] makes my job easier because I know exactly what I'm going to get when I pull up any of the plug-ins."

  • Ariel Borujow

    (P-Diddy, TI, Black Eyed Peas)

    "[The LA-2A plug-in] has become my go to compressor for lead vocals and acoustic guitars. This is the closest I've come to a hardware compressor."

    Gareth Jones

    (Grizzly Bear, Depeche Mode)

    "Mixing Grizzly Bear's Veckatimest, we used all UA gear we could get our hands on - 1176s & LA-2As of course."

    Charles Dye

    (Pro Sound News)

    "The Universal Audio UAD 1176LN and LA-2A compressors do a great job of capturing the character of the older gear."

    Mike Clute

    (Pro Sound News)

    "The emulations [of the 1176 and LA2A] are absolutely incredible."

    Mike Clute

    (Pro Sound News)

    "UA not only captured the sound of the LA-2A, they captured how it interacted and behaved under differenent conditions."

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    My trusted source for compression
    by D. Hinton (Friday 27 December, 2013)

    This by far is one of the best compressors on the planet in real life and in the software world. This is always in my signal chain on both vocals and drums and UA nailed it with this. … Read More

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    What a nice little Thing!!!
    by R. Diekmann (Wednesday 10 July, 2013)

    I read on the uad page that u can put the la2a after the 1176ln compr. for a really nice vocal chain...and yes....since than i dont do anything else....best setup so far.... even if this plugin is standart when purchasing the uad2 card i can say this is the sh** :-9 … Read More

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    The best vocal compressor. Period!
    by F. Gonzalez (Wednesday 5 September, 2012)

    What can I say about this awesome plugin that doesn't being said before?, just insert it in any vocal channel and it does its magic, always in a great way. I have also used it in classical music with great results. Will never look back on this! … Read More

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    by A. Theakston (Tuesday 7 August, 2012)

    I use this at work to smooth out speech on video interviews - it's such a lifesaver for that. Acts transparently (you don't get obvious pumping effects at moderate reduction levels) but still with a classy sounding body to the result. Obviously couldn't be any easier to apply, just adjust Peak R … Read More

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    by R. Rodriguez (Thursday 19 July, 2012)

    A very subtle compressor when compared to the 1176 in my opinion. Two knobs and a couple of switches, how much more minimalist can you get. Truly analog sound qualities. I Love this and all the UA plugins I own, I dont think im ever going to use a cracked plugin again. … Read More


Artists
  • Mixing The Pierces’ “Believe in Me” with UAD Plug-

    Christian "Leggy" Langdon is a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer. His credits include the Skins, UK singer/songwriter Charlotte OC, Swedish Grammy winner Laleh, and more. Read More

    Ben Lindell Mixes Amanda Brown's Debut Single With

    Ben Lindell details his mix with UAD plug-ins for Amanda Brown's debut single, "Fly Away," off of the EMW charity album, Shuffle. Read More

    Mick Guzauski On Mixing Daft Punk

    The Grammy-winner is one of the most skilled and accomplished mixing engineers the industry has ever seen. Read More

  • Paul Blakemore, Grammy-Winning Mastering Engineer

    Paul Blakemore's experienced ear for solving mastering "puzzles" has earned him multiple Grammys. Read More

    Noel Hogan's Production Renaissance

    Noel Hogan shares his Cranberries history and his current recording and production methods. Read More

    Ryan Hewitt

    In this UA Artist Tips & Tricks video, Ryan Hewitt demonstrates how he used UAD Powered Plug-In favorites on The Avett Brothers' latest album. Read More

  • R&B Engineer Tremaine Williams

    Tremaine reflects on how UAD Powered Plug-Ins have helped to further his quest for audio perfection. Read More

    Audio Legend Joe Chiccarelli

    The Grammy-winning producer, mixer, and engineer is responsible for capturing some of modern times’ most beloved sounds. Read More

    Tony Maserati

    Tony Maserati’s renowned chops has had him mixing everyone from Lady Gaga, Sting, and Mariah Carey, to The Notorious B.I.G. and Alicia Keys… Read More

  • Jason Schweitzer On Mixing With UA Gear for Snoop

    GRAMMY®-winning mixer and recording engineer Jason Schweitzer on developing artful ears. Read More

    Tucker Martine

    We talk to the GRAMMY®-nominee on how he incorporated UA gear into two new albums fromThe Decemberists and My Morning Jacket. Read More

    Josh One & Ian Boxill

    DJ/Producer Josh One and engineer Ian Boxill walk us through their grooving, slickly-produced new single, "After It," featuring Julie Walehwa. Read More


Features & Specs

Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier Plug-In

Features:

  • Lag-free, distortion-free optical attenuator model
  • Frequency-dependent compression behavior
  • Input Gain and Peak Reduction Adjustment Knobs
  • Identical look, controls, and operation of its analog cousin
  • +4, -10, or Gain Reduction metering
  • Limit/Compress function Switch
  • Full automation capabilities
  • Mono or Stereo Operation
  • Requires a UAD DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf