Cart Summary View cart

  • Total: $0.00
  • Items: 0
Checkout

Customer Reviews 512 Reviews

4.86 out of 5 stars

by M. Vaz (1/14/2014):

Just loved the new LA-2A Collection. Lots of different flavours of the Classic LA-2A. Used the ... Read more

464 Reviews
37 Reviews
5 Reviews
1 Reviews
5 Reviews
Overview
Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection.
The ultimate collection of the most
revered optical compressor ever.

With its gentle, program dependent optical compression, and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world. In 2001, Universal Audio set the standard in analog emulation with the original UAD LA-2A plug-in.

Today, UA’s engineers have redesigned the LA-2A plug-in with more obsessive detail. The LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces features immaculate models of three highly sought-after LA-2A units, giving you the most authentic emulations ever of this iconic compressor.


Now You Can:
  • Track and mix with three historic versions of revered Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifiers, each with its own distinctive sonic attributes
  • Record through a Teletronix LA-2A/LA-2 in real time with Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, or Apollo QUAD
  • Dial-in ideal optical compression textures for vocals, bass, drums, and more
  • Harness presets from LA-2A users Ross Hogarth, Darrell Thorp, and Vance Powell

The Teletronix® Story

Teletronix founder Jim Lawrence first used photocells for controlling audio gain in the early 1960s. His ingenious optical compression design was a technological breakthrough, far surpassing the stability and transparency of earlier circuits. Universal Audio founder M.T. ”Bill” Putnam later purchased this patented technology, continuing to manufacture the LA-2A for years to come.

Three Historical Units

The Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection puts three of the most coveted incarnations of the iconic Teletronix processor at your fingertips. Like the hardware, the LA-2A Silver, LA-2A Gray, and LA-2 models offer distinct variations in time constants, compression knee, headroom, distortion, program and frequency dependence, and more.



LA-2A Silver & Gray
With a brushed aluminum panel and original T4B gain reduction module, this cherished late-1960s “Silver” version of the LA-2A, manufactured by Bill Putnam, is perhaps the most flexible of the three plug-ins in the collection. Its fast time constant makes it suitable for the widest variety of program material, including transient-rich sources like drums and percussion. Jim Lawrence’s original mid-1960s “Gray” version the LA-2A maintains a more average time constant, providing a range of “medium-speed” compression.
The Original LA-2
The exceptionally rare, early 1960s LA-2 unit preceded the LA-2A by several years. It provides the slowest response and a unique “mellowed” sound due to 50 years of luminescent panel aging inside the T4 module. Use the LA-2 with legato tempos and vocal sources for a transparency and sublime mood unlike any other compressor.


$299.00

Listen
$299.00

FAQ
Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection.
Basics and FAQ.
How different are the Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection plug-ins from the original UAD LA-2A plug-in that came before?

The plug-ins in the Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection benefit from the additional processing power afforded by the UAD-2, plus more than 10 years of UA’s evolving sophistication designing plug-ins. While our original LA-2A plug-ins compression behaviors remain an excellent rendition of the hardware, the new Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection plug-ins add tube amplifier modeling, improvements to the T4 gain reduction nonlinearities, and superior time constant behaviors. Hands down, these are the most musical and authentic Teletronix plug-in emulations ever created.

How are the three units you've modeled different from each other, sonically?

The Teletronix Levelers have seen different revisions, reissues and product variants in their 50+ year history. As with the hardware, the LA-2A Silver, LA-2A Gray and LA-2 models in the Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection offer distinct variations in T4 time constants, compression knee, headroom, distortion onset, distortion structure, program dependence, frequency dependence, and more. This provides an expanded palette within the LA-2A sound, just like a professional studio might have with various Teletronix hardware units on hand.

Does the Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection replace the "old" LA-2A plug-in?

No, the original LA-2A plug-in will continue to be included in the “Analog Classics” bundle, which is provided with the purchase of any UAD DSP product. The LA-2A remains useful, in that it consumes less DSP, and is less sonically “colored” — which may be desirable in some instances.

Can I still purchase the “old” LA-2A plug-in?

For the few UAD customers who do not already own the legacy LA-2A plug-in, they will get it as a fourth plug-in title with the purchase of the new Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection.

$299.00

Reviews

Reviews

1 of 5
  • Carl Glanville

    (U2, Billy Joel, Counting Crows)

    "The unique characteristics of each plug-in in the new [UAD] LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection opens up a wonderful sonic palette that is both rich and a pleasure to use."

    J.J. Blair

    (Rod Stewart, George Benson)

    “The new Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection includes aspects of the sound of the LA-2A hardware, that makes it extra buttery with the same, already dead-on gain reduction characteristics.”

    Future Music

    "If you want a software emulation of this hardware classic you won't find any better."

    Ryan Hewitt

    (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Avett Brothers)

    “I'm flipping out with the new [UAD LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection] plug-ins! Having the tonal and response variations between the different versions gives me more brushes to paint with, especially on bass guitar and vocals.”

    Vance Powell

    (Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)

    "This sounds exactly like I hoped it would — real, warm, and 100% fantastic."

  • Peter Katis

    (The National, Interpol, Tokyo Police Club)

    "To put it simply, the new [UAD] LA-2A plug-in emulations sound more like the physical box made of metal and plastic with tubes and transformers. [It’s] the real thing."

    Paul Hagar

    (Goo Goo Dolls, Jonas Brothers)

    “The [UAD LA-2A Collection] emulations are the best ones I have heard so far. It's about time someone noticed that the different versions of the LA-2A hardware do sound different, and made plug-ins based on those different models.”

    Darrell Thorp

    (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)

    “Turn up the input gain [on the new UAD LA-2 plug-in] and listen to the life it brings to your track. One word. Wow.”

    Jacknife Lee

    (R.E.M)

    “I love the new plugs. The [UAD] LA2A is f@*#n' awesome. API! Well done. This is great.”

    Jeff Juliano

    (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train)

    "The new UAD LA-2A Plug-In Collection has flat out the best models of the real hardware I've ever heard. It's like owning the real deal that will never require a tech guy."

  • Jeff Balding

    (LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill)

    “I love the variety in sonic choices with the [UAD LA-2A Collection.] The [UAD API 500 Series EQs] are the best API plug-ins I've heard.”

    Mark Needham

    (The Killers, Neon Trees, P!nk)

    “The [UAD] LA-2A and API Series plug-ins not only feel and sound like my real ones, they react the same when I push them hard, which is so cool.”

    Eli Janney

    (Jet, Ryan Adams, Wilco)

    “[The Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection] is hands down the best LA-2A plug-in collection on the planet. All the best versions of the iconic compressor are here in the most detailed renditions yet.”

    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."

  • 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

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

    "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)

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

    Mike Clute

    (Pro Sound News)

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

User Ratings

  • 1 Star
  • 2 Star
  • 3 Star
  • 4 Star
  • 5 Star
Average Rating (512 Reviews)
    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    LA-2A Collection
    by M. Vaz (Tuesday 14 January, 2014)

    Just loved the new LA-2A Collection. Lots of different flavours of the Classic LA-2A. Used the old one in every mix and now even the old mixes sound better! … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    LA2A collection flexibility and nice sound
    by G. Leo (Sunday 12 January, 2014)

    Teletronix LA-2A collection faithfully reproduces the classic analog compressor. The sound is really nice and works very well in the mix. Performs well on transients, gives character to the tracks. His algoritimo seems to me the best so far. The curve of comprehension is very well reproduced. T … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    Classic analog sound.
    by R. Edwards (Saturday 28 December, 2013)

    I love these compressors I put them on everything, it's like hot sauce and food...it just goes well with everything. With little work my vocals stand out clean and clear while preserving the low end and warmth. No digital sound even when cranked. I would recommend these to anyone that records and en … Read More

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    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

    • 1 Star
    • 2 Star
    • 3 Star
    • 4 Star
    • 5 Star
    Must Have
    by B. Callaway (Friday 27 December, 2013)

    Simply put, indispensable. While a go-to for vocals, there are just so many places you can use this LA-2A now thanks to the multiple "flavors" as long as you're open to it. No it won't work on everything, but it works with so much it is again, indispensable. Despite the fact that it's just a plu … Read More

$299.00

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

    Dave Tozer

    Grammy-winning producer, engineer and songwriter Dave Tozer has found chart-topping success with artists like Kanye West, Jay-Z, John Legend, and Justin Timberlake. Here, Tozer details how you can synthesize a powerful UAD/Logic Pro X production workflow. Read More

    Joel Hamilton Mixes Pretty Lights with UAD-2 Power

    Joel Hamilton details how he used UAD plug-ins to craft Pretty Lights' Grammy-nominated album, A Color Map of the Sun. 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

$299.00

Features & Specs
Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection.
Features.
Key Features
  • Superior plug-in emulations of revered Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifiers.
  • Includes three historic versions — LA-2A Silver, LA-2A Gray, and original LA-2 — each with their own distinctive sonic attributes.
  • Models entire electronic path — including transformers, tube amplifiers, and T4 optical cell distortions — for unmistakable analog color and character.
  • Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls.
  • Offers the ideal optical compression sound for vocals, bass, drums and more.
  • Includes plug-in presets from famous LA-2A users Ross Hogarth, Jeff Juliano, Carl Glanville, Darrell Thorp, and Vance Powell.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide

See the UAD Instance Chart here

Parameters

LA-2A Silver and Gray
  • Peak Reduction: 0-100 for a total -40 dB in peak reduction.
  • Gain: 0-100 for a total +40 dB gain.
  • Compress/Limit Switch (frequency dependent): Sets compression knee between Compress (approximately 5:1 at 1 kHz) and Limit (approximately ∞:1 at 1 kHz).
  • Emphasis: Sets compressor HF pre-emphasis, full CW is flat (0.0) setting.
  • Meter Select: Allows meter switching from GR (Gain Reduction) and +4 dB or +10dB.
  • Power: Disables/enables all DSP processing.
LA-2
  • Peak Reduction: 0-100 for a total -40 dB in peak reduction.
  • Gain: 0-100 for a total +40 dB gain.
  • Emphasis: Sets compressor HF pre-emphasis, full CW is flat (0.0) setting.
  • Meter Select: Allows meter switching from GR (Gain Reduction) and +4 dB or +10dB.
  • Power: Disables/enables all DSP processing.
$299.00

Presets
Carl Glanville
(U2, Billy Joel, Counting Crows)
UAD Teletronix LA-2
  • Quite Brutal
  • Satisfying
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Gray
  • Hard but Thicker
  • Hard
  • Medium but Thicker
  • Medium
  • Soft but Thicker
  • Soft
  • Very Hard and Thicker
  • Very Hard
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Silver
  • Hard but Thicker
  • Hard
  • Medium but Thicker
  • Medium
  • Soft but Thicker
  • Soft
  • Very Hard and Thicker
  • Very Hard
Jeff Juliano
(John Mayer, Shinedown, Train)
UAD Teletronix LA-2
  • Bass Amp Leveler
  • Blues Guitar
  • Bright Piano Warmth
  • Drum Room
  • Husky Male Vocal
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Gray
  • Bass Amp Limiter
  • Electric Guitar Limiter
  • Lead Vocal Grit
  • Lead Vocal Limiter
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Silver
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Backing Vocals
  • Bass Dl
  • Drum Room Crush
  • Make My Singer Sound Manly
  • Snare Color
  • Snare Limiter
Ross Hogarth
(R.E.M, Keb' Mo, Ziggy Marley)
UAD Teletronix LA-2
  • Bass Crunch
  • Male Vocal
  • Vocal Less Smack
  • Vocal Smack
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Gray
  • Bass Crunch
  • Bass Limit
  • Soft Touch Bass
  • Vocal 1
  • Vocal 2
  • Vocal Limit
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Silver
  • Bass Limit
  • Bass
  • Light Comp
  • Vocal 1
  • Vocal 2
  • Vocal 3
  • Vocal 4
Darell Thorp
(Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg)
UAD Teletronix LA-2
  • Drum Overhead Destruction
  • Vocal Compression
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Gray
  • Guitar
UAD UA 1176 Rev E
  • Vocal Slam
Vance Powell
(Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs)
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Gray
  • Bass in Front
  • Bass Is the Place
  • Room Crush
UAD Teletronix LA-2A Silver
  • Roomy

$299.00

Docs

UAD Plug-Ins Manual

UAD System Manual

Apollo Software Manual

UA Product Catalog.pdf

$299.00