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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 features immaculate models of three highly sought-after LA-2A units, giving you the most authentic emulations ever of this iconic compressor.

Included Versions

UAD Native
Runs on your Mac or PC without UA hardware.

Apollo Realtime & UAD‑2
Runs accelerated on Apollo interfaces and UAD‑2 hardware.

UAD Native plug-ins run on both macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer and Windows 10 and 11. Go to our UA Support page for system requirements.

  • 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 interfaces
  • 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

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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.

Three Historical Units

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

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 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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Teletronix® LA-2A Leveler Collection

Overall Rating

4.9/5
(1308)

A. Pashka

June 15, 2024

The best emulation on market

Having used real LA-2As, I can confidently say this is the best LA2A plugin collection by far

B. Hjörleifsson

June 13, 2024

Perfection!

Vibe and shine

D. MALUL

May 29, 2024

It's not just a tool; it's a sonic time machine


This plugin is an absolute game-changer for any audio engineer or music producer seeking that classic, warm analog sound. The attention to detail in replicating the iconic Teletronix hardware is truly remarkable. From its lush, creamy compression to its subtle harmonic enhancement, this plugin breathes new life into digital audio, adding depth and character that's reminiscent of the golden age of recording.

Whether I'm working on vocals, drums, or guitars, the UAD Teletronix plugin consistently delivers that coveted vintage vibe, instantly elevating the quality of my mixes. Its intuitive interface makes it a breeze to dial in the perfect settings, allowing for effortless customization to suit any project.

Overall, the UAD Teletronix plugin is a must-have addition to any audio arsenal. It's not just a tool; it's a sonic time machine that transports your recordings to a bygone era of warmth and richness. Highly recommended!"

D. MALUL

May 29, 2024

It's not just a tool; it's a sonic time machine !

This plugin is an absolute game-changer for any audio engineer or music producer seeking that classic, warm analog sound. The attention to detail in replicating the iconic Teletronix hardware is truly remarkable. From its lush, creamy compression to its subtle harmonic enhancement, this plugin breathes new life into digital audio, adding depth and character that's reminiscent of the golden age of recording.

Whether I'm working on vocals, drums, or guitars, the UAD Teletronix plugin consistently delivers that coveted vintage vibe, instantly elevating the quality of my mixes. Its intuitive interface makes it a breeze to dial in the perfect settings, allowing for effortless customization to suit any project.

Overall, the UAD Teletronix plugin is a must-have addition to any audio arsenal. It's not just a tool; it's a sonic time machine that transports your recordings to a bygone era of warmth and richness. Highly recommended!"

A. Vaicenavicius

May 28, 2024

zero stars

terrible customer service, when you buy plugins they don't belong to you at all. If you buy multiple interfaces in particular, you cannot transfer any of the plugins with them unless you completely leave the uad system. the worst. the support is incredibly unfriendly too.

T. Teske

May 21, 2024

Exceptions can be made

I am a loyal SSL user. 99% of my workflow is SSL complete plugins and a UF8 console. However, there are two plugin bundles that will have a place in every mix for the rest of my days: Pultec EQs and the LA-2A compressor. I'm saving to buy analog modules of both.

L. Hanson

May 17, 2024

I wish I had this collection years ago.

The Teletronix LA-2A Collection has become my go-to for compression. They are super simple to use and they sound great.

It can be easy to go down the rabbit hole of trying to find the best software compressor - I've tried quite a few. And, while many of them are decent, I almost always end up using a Teletronix LA-2A. They just work.

A. G

May 14, 2024

Super

I recommend to

G. Prama

April 20, 2024

it's perfect

one of the best so far especially for vocal and guitar

E. Sedrick

March 9, 2024

Best ITB LA-2A

Unlike other plugins trying to emulate this hardware, the UAD version is very close. Very smooth. The 3 different revisions all have quite different attack times, meaning this collection is a lot more flexible than it seems with just the two knobs.

P. Wyer

February 15, 2024

Smooth and reliable tones

Excellent compressor, nice to have the set to mix and match for Vox and guitars,

M. Morrise

February 8, 2024

Great workhorse for vocal leveling

I purchased the LA-2A Leveler Collection in October 2023 through Plugin Boutique. License registration to my UA account was quick and easy. It's been lovely to have access to sweet, sweet optoelectrical compression. The LA-2A is considered a studio staple with good reason, and UA have delivered a fine set of emulations.

B. DAS

January 31, 2024

good plugis

i love this product

A. Grujic

January 14, 2024

Good sounding, trustful

Using it for a several years, very good choice for vocals

J. Janev

January 14, 2024

This compressor is a miracle!

I've tried all sorts of 20-knob compressors and finally the LA-2A sounds better again :-) It's been my favorite compressor for decades! The Gray version is my first choice for vocals and piano (usually after another quick compressor). The Silver one I use more for other instruments. And the LA-2 is very special! It's very slow, but if matched with some smoother instrument (synth or pad), the sound becomes amazing!

S. Davis

January 3, 2024

Great leveling amp.

Had a couple of mixes that sounded good but was just missing something. Ran mixes with the LA-2A leveling amp and boom problem solved.

R. Butler

December 23, 2023

Blows waves ver. out the water

Excellent comp a part of my vocal chain. A go to for pro results everytime.

Y. Kim

December 22, 2023

I bought it to use uadx.

I bought it to use uadx.
However, it could not be used as a symptom of blurring the screen. However, when I installed the updated drive, it worked perfectly fine. The UAD technology team built the new

D. Yowell

December 16, 2023

A classic!!

Universal Audio has recreated 3 classics to such granular detail, it’s like having the actual units in front of you!

R. Monev

December 14, 2023

RM

Perfect compressor!