Teletronix® LA-3A Audio Leveler

Teletronix® LA-3A Audio Leveler

$199.00

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$199.00

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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.

Now You Can:

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 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

H. Choi

September 13, 2020

Good LA-3A

GOODDDDDDD

h. kim

September 11, 2020

리뉴얼되고나서 더 좋아진 컴프

드디어 하이프리퀀시 노브가 추가되어 구매. 정말로 만족하고 드럼소스나 보컬 기타 등 올라운더처럼 사용하고있음

UAD User

September 5, 2020

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler - Great Compressor

I have used it with guitars thus far mainly. It is becoming a common go to choice. I am just starting to learn how to mix my tracks and it's ease of use has helped me.

L. Flores

August 18, 2020

LA-3A

The LA-3A , is a my go to for adding a Comp/limiter to bring clarity And a boost to my mix buss or individual busses without mudding the which ever buss I place it on. And on a side note, recording with Luna, working oh so well! Apollo 8P & Luna , well done UA Audio.

m. Steimer

August 17, 2020

Thanx for this update UAD !

Glad that UAD finally updates this dirty little face of comp ;)
The 2 very nice additions open the door for some new applications and the "emphasis control" is notably very welcomed <3
UAD didn't wait the MKII's upgrade to boost this LA3A : who will have any complains about that fact ???

D. Warren

August 14, 2020

La3a

A must have for leveling synths and acoustic instruments

J. Manness

August 5, 2020

More subtle than an 1176

I've used it on bass and trumpet so far and it's easy and forgiving to abuse. If I don't like the aggressiveness of the 1176, the LA-3A seems to be the solution.

b. koh

July 22, 2020

LA-3A

I tried this with Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Stem buss, etc, frankly speaking, i didn't like it at all. I prefer either LA-2A series (LA-2, LA-2A Grey and LA-2A Silver) or 1176 series (1176 AE, 1176 Rev A, 1176 Rev E) which kind of much easier to achieve exactly what i need for specific purpose.
If you already own the LA-2A and 1176 series, spend worthy time experimenting the variation of these series applying to different tracks and buss. You'll see the MAGIC!
You don't really need the LA-3A to do anything that the other two can't perform. I'm saying that LA-3A sounds bad but if the other two can perform the same, especially with much more ease of control, why bother about LA-3A which has limited control?
Well it's just my personal view, no offend.

J. ALMANZA

July 18, 2020

Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler

Very nice and musical leveler. I find it faster than the LA-2A. Very useful for some parts in the song.

Very good quality.

O. Gonzalo Mallén

July 14, 2020

Good but...

I’m happy with the plugin, does the job really well, but is too small. I hardly see it from my sweet spot, please update the size for big screens.

M. Röhm

July 11, 2020

LA-3A - classic for electric guitars

The LA-3A is my favourite compressors for clean to crunchy electric guitars, sometimes I also prefer it on vocals to tube compressors à la LA-2A.
My only wish would be that the GUI was a little bigger or resizable - on a Macbook Pro with retina display it is comparatively small.

R. McKinley

July 7, 2020

Does the trick

Easy to use, sounds good

S. Gasparyan

July 2, 2020

Best for Drums. but interface is too small)))

Like for all quick attack instruments..

N. Pinto

July 1, 2020

LA-3A in your arsenal!

Sometimes overlooked wrt LA-2A, the LA-3A has properties that you are for sure looking for. Only downside: UI too small.

C. Gabbianelli

July 1, 2020

Corrupts Delay Compensation in PT

Consistently corrupts the delay compensation in my PT sessions. Pretty disappointed in UAD's lack of resolution to this issue after all of the money I've invested into using their hardware and software.

A. Paulino

June 27, 2020

Gui too small

the GUI is too small, please update the GUI, the sound is pretty good, but is too small, I can hardly see it on my screen and I have a 32 inches screen

n. kauffmann

June 24, 2020

Easy plug-in for guitar

Use it on guitar and it gels together multitracked guitar nicely.
Needs a little work on the graphic side though.

J. Davis

June 19, 2020

Pro Sound in a plugin

The LA3A makes your mixes sound huge and powerful. The only complaint I have is the small size of the GUI, but that doesn’t affect the amazing sound.

Š. Kominko

June 13, 2020

As always, the excellent work of Universal Audio.

Excellent compressor.

E. Van Wonterghem

June 3, 2020

needs graphic upgrade . " ua should makeplugins with resizable GUI "

Does UA ever upgrade a plugin in time? . ordered but forgot the GUI is way too tiny in 2020 ..i cant find it on my 5 k screen ..next to a distressor, the LA3 have the same size as one knob on distressor .,soundwise i think the dbx is better sounding and more flexible.. at same price level.