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Customer Reviews 153 Reviews

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by J. Johnson II (6/30/2016):

I love the LA-2A! It is great for vocals. My personal favorite way to record vocals is… Read more

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Teletronix® LA-2A Legacy Classic Leveling Amplifier

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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  • Ivan Barias

    (Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Estelle)

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

    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."

    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."

    Ross Hogarth

    (Van Halen, Ziggy Marley, Motley Crue)

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

  • 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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    Classic Compressor! Studio Champ!
    by J. Johnson II(Thursday 30 June, 2016)

    I love the LA-2A! It is great for vocals. My personal favorite way to record vocals is throught the API Vision Channel Strip going to the UA 1176LN then finally coming to an end through the LA - 2A. Killer Vocals! try it out if you have these plugins. Read More

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    Teletronix® LA-2A Legacy Classic Leveling Amplifier
    by m. ceko(Wednesday 9 December, 2015)

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    This Thing Is Killer!
    by M. Petrillo(Tuesday 8 December, 2015)

    This plugin is my go-to for mainly vocals and sounds incredible! Another beautiful color in the classic compressor palate! Read More

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    The BEST!
    by C. anton(Sunday 22 November, 2015)

    Make my life easier. I use it on almost everything. Great job UAD! Read More

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    LA2A - две ручки и больше ничего не нужно
    by A. Tomashenko(Tuesday 14 April, 2015)

    LA2A раньше я пробовал это компрессор на плагинах Waves но мне он не нравился своим непонятным поведением, Крутишь ручку - то много компрессии то мало и так пока не надоест. Когда я попробовал LA2A от UAD то понял как должен работать нормальный компрессор. Мне очень понравилась его работа на… Read More

  • 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


  • 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.

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