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by F. Torres (8/12/2015):

I use mostly for voices and drums love it ! sound very similar to the CLA 3 A but way… Read more

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Overview

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler Plug-In

Signature Solid State Electro-Optical Compressor In Powered Plug-In Format

The LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler made its debut at the 1969 NY AES show, and marked the departure from the tube design of the Teletronix LA-2A. The LA-3A incorporated components and design concepts from the Putnam-designed 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, giving the LA-3A its own distinctive sound. This plug-in provides the same unique compression character and solid mid-range — capable of moving sounds right to the front of your speakers — that make its analog counterpart a favorite among audio professionals everywhere.

Immediately embraced as a studio workhorse, the LA-3A is still widely used today. Engineers and producers the world over favor the LA-3A for its unique compression characteristics and sonic signature. Modeled from a unit in UA’s vintage collection, our digital emulation of the LA-3A faithfully captures the hardware’s sound, working magic on vocals, guitars and drums.

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  • The Glitch Mob

    “The UAD LA-3A plug-in is one of our favorite sound design tools and we frequently use it to destroy reverb tails for interesting atmospheric effects.”

    Eli Crews

    (Electronic Musician)

    "If you don’t already own a UAD system, UA is definitely making it harder to resist with each top-notch plug."

    Computer Music

    (Computer Music UK)

    "With plug-ins like this [the LA-3A], the UAD platform is looking tastier all the time."

    Geoff Sanoff

    (Pro Sound News)

    “The LA-3A [plug-in] pumps well, gives the drums a nice, propulsive energy, maintains sonic detail & more low-mid weight."

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    Great COMP
    by F. Torres(Wednesday 12 August, 2015)

    I use mostly for voices and drums love it ! sound very similar to the CLA 3 A but way more solid than waves plugin ! Read More

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    by R. Hartley(Friday 7 August, 2015)

    I already have the L2 and 1176 collections plus the Fairchilds; I really thought the LA3 couldn't keep up...until I tried it. This little compressor brings a sweetness to everything; try it on the output of your 224 or EMT140... Awesome. Read More

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    Great Plugin, Easy to use sounds great
    by . (Thursday 6 August, 2015)

    If you're liking for a good compressor that's quick and doesn't hog DSP this is it. Doesn't slow you down and once you learn it dialing things in becomes second nature. Great for sound design and the production stage. Read More

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    Great Compressor, but new version please!
    by M. Galletti(Wednesday 29 July, 2015)

    Man- this thing has it all. The La-3a is simple, practical and for some drum mixing, it is all it really needs to go through to get the job done. Really enjoy working with this! The only complaint is that the GUI is so dang small! My eyes are bad, but even with glasses, I find it hard to… Read More

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    Surprisingly good! But dated GUI.
    by H. Petersson(Saturday 16 May, 2015)

    This is really a good and clean sounding compressor plugin considering that it was released 8 years ago. I have never worked with the hardware unit so I can't say what's missing in this one, but it does a great job. I especially like it in series with another compressor on something like… Read More

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Artists
  • Valente Bertelli

    Valente Bertelli is a recording artist and producer based in Los Angeles. Here, he breaks down the track "It Don't Matter" from his latest album, Music For Rooftops. 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

    Mixing Bronze Radio Return’s “Melting in My Icebo

    Engineer F. Reid Shippen breaks down how he employed UAD plug-ins to mix the Bronze Radio Return track, “Melting in My Icebox.”… Read More

  • Diplo on crafting mega-hits with UAD plug-ins.

    One of the most in-demand producers in music, Diplo has crafted hits for M.I.A., Snoop Lion, and Beyoncé. Read More

    Paul Blakemore, Grammy-Winning Mastering Engineer

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

    The Glitch Mob

    UA sits down with edIT, Boreta, and Ooah of The Glitch Mob to hear about their latest release, their life on the road. and their studio workflow with UAD Plug-Ins. Read More

  • Fab Dupont

    Fab Dupont, aka FabulousFab, has been playing, writing, producing, and mixing music on stages and in studios all over the world. Read More

    Ed Cherney

    GRAMMY® and TEC award-winning producer/engineer Ed Cherney is one of funniest people you could ever meet. He’s also one of the most talented. Read More

    Vance Powell

    Vance Powell accepted the GRAMMY® award for The Raconteurs album, Consolers of the Lonely. Read More

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Features & Specs

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler Plug-In

Features:

See the UAD Instance Chart here

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Docs

Apollo Software Manual (Thunderbolt)

Apollo Software Manual (FireWire)

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

UA Product Catalog

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