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Universal Audio 2-LA-2 Compressor/Limiter #0109 (Used) – No Longer Available

Dual-mono/stereo tube opto compressor/limiter

Product Description

The Universal Audio 2-LA-2 is not an exact component clone of the classic LA-2A, but a feature-enhanced stereo evolution of its ancestor that elegantly combines two channels of silky, tube-amplified, stereo matched optical gain reduction in one unit. Designed by original UREI engineer Dennis Fink, the 2-LA-2 retains the original all-discrete Class A circuitry and core "sonic signature" components that made the LA-2A the studio standard compressor in recording studios around the world.

With ten tubes and four T4 gain reduction modules, the 2-LA-2 is a breakthrough in optical compression. Featuring two socketed T4 modules on each channel, the 2-LA-2 has switchable slow and fast recovery times. The slow recovery setting delivers the same program dependent, artifact-free gain reduction made famous in the original Teletronix unit used on countless recordings. The new fast recovery option offers more versatility over the original, making the 2-LA-2 an amazing choice for demanding studio tasks such as stereo bus compression or reigning in the fast transients on drum groups.

The 2-LA-2 also retains the original (and very simple) control set of the original LA-2A-the Peak Reduction and Gain controls, Output or Gain Reduction Metering switch, the power switch, plus the front panel Limit/Compress switch that allows a subtle variation of the compressor knee. Rear connections could not be simpler: line in and line out for the two channels, plus IEC socketed power.

The 2-LA-2 uses only the finest audiophile quality parts, from metal film resistors and WIMA capacitors to custom UA input and output transformers. In addition, the 2-LA-2 has a much lower noise floor than its ancestor, allowing it to be used on low-output sources with less risk of introducing undesirable hiss into your recordings. From drum bus to master bus, vocals to vibraphones, the 2-LA-2 delivers the same authentic, smooth as silk gain reduction you’ve come to know and trust with the LA-2A, conveniently re-designed into a 2U two-channel package.

Product Specifications

Condition Used / Vintage
Tube or Solid State Tube
Rack Spaces 2u
Input Connectors Analog XLR

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