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Compression with attitude for guitars, vocals, and drums.

The Teletronix LA‑3A compressor is an iconic "secret weapon" limiter, famous for pushing sounds right to the front of your speakers with a unique, aggressive character.

Modeled from a unit in UA’s vintage collection, the Teletronix LA‑3A Audio Leveler plug-in gives you all the tone and pugnacious dynamics control of the rare hardware.

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.

  • Get the unique tone of the definitive solid-state optical compressor
  • Add energy and harmonics to vocals and acoustic guitars
  • Inject grit and texture to bass guitar and soft synths
  • Punch up your drums using the HF Emphasis sidechain filter and parallel Dry/Wet Mix

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Get In-Your-Face Optical Compression Tones

Get In-Your-Face Optical Compression Tones

By giving you faster limiting than the tube-driven smooth operator Teletronix LA‑2A with the clarity of the iconic solid‑state 1176, the Teletronix LA‑3A plug-in offers bold, mid‑forward compression, guaranteed to make your sounds pop.

Easily Get Pro Limiting on Drums

Easily Get Pro Limiting on Drums

Use the HF Emphasis sidechain filter to punch up your drum bus with legendary LA‑3A tone, without triggering the threshold of the compressor with the kick drum. Plus, the Dry/Wet Mix control gives you quick parallel compression on a synth or piano track, seasoning your productions with legendary Teletronix LA‑3A attitude.

Key Features

Use any audio interface, with both UAD Native and Apollo Realtime/UAD-2 versions included

Get the unique tone of the definitive solid-state optical compressor

Add energy and harmonics to vocals and acoustic guitars

Inject grit and texture to bass guitar and soft synths

Punch up your drums using the HF Emphasis sidechain filter and parallel Dry/Wet Mix

Customer Reviews

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler

Overall Rating


E. Yeung

September 29, 2023

Must-have for acoustic guitars

Let me tell a little story. One day, I found myself looking for a compressor for acoustic guitars. I needed something that was smooth-sounding, but with a fast-enough attack to capture my strumming. I heard that the LA-3A had been described as somewhere between an 1176 and an LA-2A, so I tried the LA-3A, and it was exactly what I needed. I bought the native license for it immediately after trying for the first time. You just have to try it on acoustic guitars for yourself too.

C. Kohl

September 29, 2023

Great for electric guitar buss squeeze

I use this on my rhythm guitar buss to lock in the left and right guitars to be more level. This is the best compressor for the job. Works great!

M. Verblakt

September 28, 2023


This is my new goto compressor on vocals. Adds character

P. Tejedor

September 18, 2023

a Must Have!

it`s great! so clean a very easy to use, for me as simple as efective,

P. Diaz

September 12, 2023

Great comp!

Straight forward comp, effective and transparent!

B. Warsaw

August 5, 2023

My New Go-To

This has easily become one of my most-used compressors for non-percussive instruments and vocals. The attack sounds much quicker to me when compared with hardware units I’ve used in the past, but it’s faster onset is part of why I love it so much (the simple interface is huge for me). It’s very musical and easy to find the sweet spot, and you can push it without having things fall apart. It’s also fairly DSP efficient. Would totally recommend to anyone in any genre.

F. Torrieri

July 13, 2023

Un sonido emocionante

Le da identidad y presencia a casi cualquier fuente sonora.

G. Merino

July 12, 2023

Simple and effective!

This compressor is amazing. It does perfectly what you should expect. Simple and effective, quick to set. Ideal for rhythmic guitars, but useful for other applications too.

O. Cuellar

July 8, 2023

My vibes

best of the best thanks UAD

F. Campa

July 7, 2023


Fantastic taming acoustic guitars or placing vocals upfront, also on the drum bus, recommended!

D. Arango

June 28, 2023


Muy buen producto para voces

D. Groulx

June 26, 2023

Does exactly what it says to perfection!

Want to level you track while keeping it clean. This will do the job perfectly!

A. Cano

June 22, 2023

Love it

I love this thing on vocals and almost evrthng

M. Oehmke

June 21, 2023


Exceptional for lows (bass). Classic !!!!

D. Hogan

June 21, 2023

A great replacement for waves audio

A great replacement for waves audio

g. parenti

June 15, 2023


Es perfecto para bajos, guitarra y voces, en segundos tienen el carácter qué se requiere

H. Rios

June 14, 2023

The Underdog

Man this plug in right here is a beast on drums, guitars,
When I first got into mixing and diving into plug ins,
I always heard first about the LA-2A and the 1176 witch are great plug ins no doubt about that,
but when I came across this badboy right here,
U could slap it on any track you have got, and just on default alone, it’s sound super dope.
Anyone who hasn’t tried the LA-3A , trust me do NOT sleep on it.
Great plug in UAD fam.

N. Doutt

June 13, 2023

put it on your guitar bus and thank me later

Best la-3a out there, get it and use it.

S. Bennett

June 10, 2023

Sounds Great

It just, sounds great

M. van Dongen

June 10, 2023

Works like expected!

It has a nice attitude and sound. Does what it should it be, it does very well!