Teletronix® LA-3A Audio Leveler

Teletronix® LA-3A Audio Leveler

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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 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

F. M

October 18, 2021

a thing of beauty

So many compressors, but this one is so smooth (and simple to use), and it doesn't alter the tone as much as some others do.

B. Sirijamonkul

October 6, 2021

Great Classic

Level Very nice

B. Sirijamonkul

October 6, 2021

Great Classic

Level Very nice

V. Basyul

September 7, 2021

Good stuff

Качество не передать словами!

M. Bilderbach

September 6, 2021

Super Great All Round Comp!

This was a recent add for me and its been really great. It's super musical just like an la2a is concerned but seems to be a bit more subtle. I am a huge fan!

L. Rocha

August 3, 2021

Muito bom

Fantástico compressor, bastante útil

s. donat

July 29, 2021

get update to a classic

love it on synth guitars and drums bus.. and great feature on the update

B. Tarco

July 10, 2021

shine shine

nice top end right in vocals I put this in the mostt important tracks

c. An

July 3, 2021



D. Murphy

July 1, 2021

A classic.

It's a classic!

h. kim

June 16, 2021



L. Tian Siung

May 29, 2021

Must Have

Applied to many of my tracks!

M. Řehák

May 24, 2021

The Teletronix LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler is indispensable

Above all, the drums add Dymnamics and purity

o. martinez lopez

May 15, 2021

Acoustic guitars


J. Wolff

April 26, 2021

Go to for bass DI

I use this on every bass (even vst bass sounds). It helps just smooth things out when you go light on it or you can even get tones from it when squashing just like the hardware. This is not like other software compressors that when you go hard it sucks the life out of your source. On the contrary it helps breathe life into a lot of my tracks and helps give them a liveliness that is often missed in the digital world.

L. Martella

April 17, 2021

Great plug in

Great plug in
I use it everywhere.
Delicate and powerful at the same time!

F. Furtade

March 1, 2021




February 23, 2021



R. Harris

February 16, 2021

My go to vocal compressor

Nothing sounds like this leveler to me, just an incredible warmth and punch. I have other fine sounding compressors from UAD including the LA 2A, and 1176, themselves fine sounding plugs, however this is the one I prefer on my vocal tracks.

R. Pressman

February 6, 2021

Great punchy compressor

Has the simplicity of the LA-2A's interface with the punch of the 1176. Can't beat that combo.