Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection
Teletronix® LA-2A Leveler Collection
Smoothest Compression Plug I Know
Back in the 90s I was interning at a studio in midtown Manhattan where an La-2A sat at the bottom of the rack. The young in house engineer never touched it but one day an older gentleman was mixing an album there and turned that lonely La-2A on. I had absolutely no idea what it did so I asked him and he just said, "Its butter." LOL
He ran some bass through it, getting 2-3dBs of compression. He told me to sit in the engineers seat and listen while he bypassed the unit on and off. The difference was subtle but noticeable and dearly missed when bypassed. A few days later we recorded vocals and ran all of them through the La-2A. The vocals were being compressed 5-10dB and it sounded magical. Now almost 30 years have passed and I own this plug but plan to purchase the UA re-issue in 2022.
This plug in is really close to the hardware in that it captures the warmth of the hardware but its not as smooth when you start to get into the 5dBs and more of compression range. Don't get me wrong, when I want the smoothest plug compression, this is the one I reach for. It captures that harmonic warmth I remember from that lonely hardware unit that sat at the bottom of the rack back in the day. I use this on vocals for every song. Its the last in the chain and most of the time its a mere 1-2 dBs of compression that I'm going for. Its a gentle hug or "butter" as that visiting engineer explained. The plug falls short once you get into that 5 dB compression territory where you can start to hear it. The hardware is transparent. Thats why I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars but honestly, for the price, this plug is amazing but I have to be honest, that hardware unit was truly magical and once I do get it in my studio, it will go to the top of the rack where it belongs.
I love it
Simple and powerful. Greetings from Czech Republic
Great on vocals!
I've never used the original analog LA-2A but now I understand the hype! Outstanding plugin! I use it very often in combination with UAD1176! Thank you!
I thought the legacy version would be enough for me and the difference wouldn't be that much, until I got curious and tried it.. I instantly went and purchased it.. Sounds great way better then the legacy version..
Also for this emulation I had worked with various interpretations of the LA-2A.
Universal Audio plugin is clearly superior.
All the LA-2A are really good!
J. de Jonge
LA2A sound like you cant imagine
Stunning sound that after a lot of testing just can't compare to other companies. It's on a whole other level.
Love it too much
LA-2A is my go to comp
I always use la-2a
The silver face on vocals always gets my vote with a tweak on the emphasis. Always an instant result when added on anything you throw at it
Maybe make in one?
Like the sound! ut what if it combined to one and quickley A/B?
The LA-2A silver is my favorite Comp!!
Eu utilizava o incluído no Legacy pack, vale muito o investimento, pois a versão completa não tem nada a ver
My favorite Comp
What not to use it on.
I'm loving these LA-2A'S, Finding it hard not to use them on everything. Great on guitars!
S. Rico Hernandez
Sin duda cambian toda la visión en una mezcla, los recomiendo sin duda alguna!
The LA-2A silver is an incredible version !
Classic collection you have to have.
H. Hartmann von Ahrentschildt
Unbelievable sound -quality and easy to handle