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A refresh for a legendary solid-state electro‑optical compressor.

If you took the gentle optical compression of the Teletronix LA‑2A, and fused it with the solid‑state clarity and punch of the UA 1176, you would have the Teletronix LA-3A — a "secret weapon" compressor with a unique character capable of moving sounds right to the front of your speakers.

Now featuring improved user interface graphics and sonic appointments, the refreshed Teletronix LA‑3A Audio Leveler for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces takes its rightful place alongside the pillars of classic compression hardware.

Easily shape signals with the definitive solid‑state optical compressor

Add energy and harmonics to vocals and acoustic guitars

Make snare drums pop out of the mix

Add grit and texture to bass guitar and soft synths

Sculpt your sounds further with new HF Emphasis sidechain filter and parallel Dry/Wet Mix

Mix with artist presets from Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac), Damian Taylor (Björk, The Prodigy), and Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, Odesza) and more

LA-3A History

LA-3A History

The Teletronix LA‑3A Audio Leveler made its debut at the 1969 NY AES show, and marked the departure from the tube design of the Teletronix LA‑2A. The LA‑3A incorporated components and design concepts from UA's solid-state driven 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, while also harnessing the LA‑2A's optical compression design, giving the LA‑3A its own distinctive sound and expanded versatility.

Faithfully Capturing a Classic

Faithfully Capturing a Classic

Immediately embraced as a studio workhorse, the LA‑3A is still widely used today. Engineers and producers the world over favor the LA‑3A for its unique compression characteristics and sonic signature. Modeled from a unit in UA’s vintage collection, the Teletronix LA‑3A Audio Leveler plug-in faithfully captures the rare hardware, working magic on vocals, guitars, and even drums.

New Modern Features

New Modern Features

By adding the hardware’s original HF Emphasis sidechain filter, you can now easily use the Teletronix LA‑3A plug-in to punch up your drum bus without triggering the threshold of the compressor with the kick drum. Plus, a new Dry/Wet Mix control lets you easily add parallel compression on an instrument bus, allowing you to season your productions with legendary Teletronix LA‑3A attitude.

Key Features

Definitive solid-state optical compressor combining LA-2A gain reduction and 1176 clarity and punch

LA-3A Audio Leveler plug-in modeled from a unit in UA’s vintage studio gear collection

Easy to use and unique autoformer T4 gain reduction useful on a wide variety of sources

Featuring simple Gain and Peak Reduction controls with Compression or Limiting

Expanded features include original High Frequency Emphasis filter and digital-only Dry/Wet Mix parallel processing

Includes artist presets from Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac), Damian Taylor (Björk, The Prodigy), and Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, Odesza) and more

Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or UA Audio Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide

Customer Reviews

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler

Overall Rating

J. Tornay

January 21, 2023

Secret weapon

I always insert LA-3A in my bass tracks. Makes it sit in the mix perfectly.

J. Zapata

January 17, 2023

very very good

i like this olugin

M. Willert

January 9, 2023

Instant magic...

... on drums and guitar - love it!

A. Sanchez

January 6, 2023

Great on acoustic guitars and lead vocals

Smooth on acoustic guitars and brings lead vocal to the front of your mix.

A. Sanchez

January 4, 2023

Love this compressor

Love this compressor

Z. Abresch

December 28, 2022

Smooth, clean, & accurate

From what I know of the original hardware unit, this plugin is pretty dang true to form. Gets that classic LA compression & limiting with a clean and clear, FET sound. Great for leveling out vocals or limiting a bass track to sit in the mix and is capable of everything from crushing compression to subtle peak reduction.

c. toop

December 18, 2022


Only thing better then the uad plugin is the real thing.

P. Ribeiro

December 15, 2022


estou usando muito e plenamente satisfeito com essa aquisição!

P. Sviyazov

December 11, 2022

Special one!

I don't use this plugin all the time, but there are often sources that I know I just need LA-3A - and there it is. This is kind a workhorse, but with character. Before this plugin I could get the same result but I had to dig into some of my compressors, and this one is just make my work faster and esier!

L. Ferroni

December 6, 2022

Great transparent compressor

This is awesome, very useful for controlling peaks without any pumping or other effects, top for transparent compression and very easy to use, love It!

J. Seabrook

November 4, 2022

Everything I Want in Compression

To start, I like compression to be simple. I'm not interested in complex envelopes. I want to make adjustments quickly and intuitively, and if something's not right, change the comp or change the instrument/performance. This one is just that. Quick. Easy. It usually works, but if it doesn't dial in quickly, then I swap in something else. And for that reason, it's my go-to-default.
Also, for my money, it's close enough to the real thing that I'll never need to buy another "Real" unit... until G.A.S. kicks in, but that's a different problem to solve. ;)

M. Park

September 1, 2022

Use it all the time

I really like LA 3A

T. Basso

September 1, 2022

Nice plugin

Top plugin on my kick drums

J. Song

July 21, 2022

Awesome Plugin

LA-3A is REALLY nice
Using it on my drums
BUT I kind of prefer the LA-2A a bit more

C. Preston

July 15, 2022

As it says on the tin!

Amazing tool for levelling out peaks and troffs. Another excellent emulation and a key tool for tracking and mixing.

T. Cerniglia

July 4, 2022

Just like the pro’s told me!

The pros said the LA-3A works great on electric guitars. They were absolutely right. Not sure why I took so long to purchase this unit. Don’t waste your time with other compressors for electric or acoustic guitars. Get yourself one today!

E. Shacham

May 16, 2022

very transparent and usefull -

a lot of times I want to use copm/limiter and regret due to the additional characteristics that influence the sound 2 much. the L3A is like looking in a mirror. WYSIWYG with additional soft warmth.

A. ikuma

April 16, 2022

The advantage is that there is no color.

"Compression without color" can be easily used for various tracks while having a sense of saturation. The advantage is that there is no color.
LA-3A has a natural compression and does not change the balance of each instrument or the mutual groove relationship.
Compared to that, the LA-2A has an impressive sound of the tube, so the track used is conspicuous. We both want to have.

Y. Zolberg

January 19, 2022

Crystal clear!

I use it toglue a guitars grp. But I'm sure it would be great for snare as well and other things.

C. Jones

January 16, 2022

Hi quality

Smooth those curves! Superb at pushing sounds through the mix.