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True to the original design, UA’s famed tube-amplified T4 electro-optical compressor.

For over 50 years the Teletronix LA-2A has been revered for its smooth, natural, musical compression. WIth its unique tube-driven electro-optical attenuator system that allows instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion, the LA-2A massages signals like no other compressor ever made.

Dial-in legendary optical tube compression textures for vocals, bass, drums, and more

Record your tracks through vintage UA, "handmade in the USA," circuits

Easily add iconic warmth and tube limiting with simple, easy-to-use controls

Track and mix with a piece of audio recording history

The Teletronix Story

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.

The Real Deal

Universal Audio’s Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier reissue provides the performance characteristics of the iconic original. With painstaking care, every new LA-2A unit is point-to-point handwired at Universal Audio's Custom Shop in Santa Cruz, California, with every component carefully evaluated for authenticity. As a result, today’s LA-2A will bring the same legendary compression characteristics of the original to all of your recordings. Demand the original. Accept no copy.

Key Features

True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
Lag free, distortion free optical attenuator system
Distortion less than 0.5% THD
0 to 40 dB gain limiting
Balanced stereo interconnection
Frequency response 1 dB, 30 to 15,000 cps
Output level of 10 dBm and 40 dB gain
Low noise – less than 70 dB below ±10 dBm output

Technical Specifications

Input Impedance
50, 150, 250, 600 ohms

Output Load Impedance
50, 150, 250, 600 ohms

External Connections
Jones Barrier terminals and XLR connectors

Frequency Response
+0/-1 dB 30 Hz to 15kHz

Gain
40 dB ±1dB

Input Level
+16 dB maximum

Output Level
+10 dB nominal, +16 dB maximum

Distortion
Less than 0.5% THD (0.25% typical) at ±10 dBm

Noise
70 dB below +10 dBm output level

Attack Time
10 microseconds

Release Time
0.06 seconds for 50% release; 0.5 to 5 seconds for complete release

Meter
dB gain reduction and dB output

Power Requirements
35 watts, 120/240 volts, 50/60 Hz

Environmental

Maximum operating temperature 160°F

Dimensions
19" Rackmount chassis, 3U

Weight
13 lbs.

Customer Reviews

Teletronix® LA-2A

Overall Rating

5/5
(28)

k. hoon

June 18, 2024

amazing gear

i wait to buy 6month to earn money for buy this
;) !̆̈ !̆̈ !!

P. ALEXANDRE SANTINHO

April 21, 2024

48888

Saint germAIN
ZEVEN

K. Szabolcs

October 21, 2023

awsome

awsome still

b. camargo

October 18, 2023

otimo

otimo para os vocais e demais trabalhos ,,,

D. Salen

October 12, 2023

Da

Bueno

V. caicedo

October 10, 2023

buen plugin

me gustaa

L. Lozada

October 10, 2023

Genial

Perfect

A. Thomas

October 1, 2023

Butter Smooth sound

Any voice any range all, sounds fantastic after using this unique interface.

J. Linley

December 2, 2021

I’ve never used the real Analog version

How is this plugin free with the Apollo units? Well I’m glad it is . This plugin alone is well worth the price of all Apollo interfaces. Buttery smooth sound on my voice over recordings.

H. Verma

September 19, 2020

Beast

An amazing emulation which sounds extremely identical to the hardware like nothing else!!

M. Malinski

August 23, 2020

Complement to the studio

Great on bass, great on vocals, just great on everything you can imagine.
I own the real thing and I must say that it sound very close to the real thing.
How? A much better than the products of other leading companies.
Thank you

.

April 8, 2020

The best

One of the most applicable compression plugins there are.

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April 8, 2020

The best

One of the most applicable compression plugins there are.

Y. Vergara

January 12, 2020

Simply the best!

It is hard to make things so bad with the LA-2A. The tone and level control of this unit is just superb.

J. Minimal

September 5, 2019

Teletronics LA-2A

When only the best will do.

M. Draeger

July 11, 2019

LA-2A for EU-Market?

How can a unit, any kind of unit, turn a good sound into a better sound? To me it is not logic, but I have to admit, the LA-2A d o e s a marvellous job, even at spoken text.
I use Neumann U67, Telefunken V72, then LA-2A - no questions left, no drive to search for any other solution.

Big question: Why isn't the LA-2A available in Europe?
Why not offer a 220 Volt version, straight forward to the EU-Market?

Regards from Luebeck/ Germany, Matthias Draeger

A. Mořkovský

May 11, 2019

Teletronics LA-2A

This compressor is one of the Best things I use every time when I record Vocals. Also this piece comes handy for Bass or Guitar while mixing them up. Yeah it’s easy to understand how it works. I also tested this particular one with Waves emulation and I have to say that UAD version has some kind of analog flavour on it, so for me this is the Best weapon out there ;-)

r. avni

October 4, 2018

TANKS

TANK YOU

J. Cummins

March 14, 2018

Wow !

The magic sauce has landed ! Perfect in so many ways...........

R. Woitowitsch

February 26, 2018

Awesome!

Transparently Awesome! Just get it!