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Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier - Exacting Recreation of Original LA-2A Hardware Unit

Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A

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By today's standards, the Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier from Universal Audio appears to be a rather primitive compression device. It has only two rotary controls, one for "Gain" and one for "Peak Reduction." However, behind this plain facade lies a unique electro-optical attenuator system that allows for instantaneous gain reduction with no increase in harmonic distortion.

A tube-based compressor, the original LA-2A featured hand-wired components and an electro-luminescent optical gain reduction device that provided the fast attack necessary for broadcast applications. Additionally, the cadmium-sulfide photo-cells provided a very natural "two-stage" release which resulted in a compression characteristic more transparent than the other compressors of its day. To this day, the LA-2A delivers a trademark sound treasured by engineers worldwide.

Painstaking care has been taken to ensure that every new Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier provides the performance and characteristics of the original. Each unit is hand built and each component carefully evaluated for authenticity.

True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
Lag free, distortion free optical attenuator system
0 to 40dB gain limiting
Balanced stereo interconnection
Function Compressor
Number of Channels Single
Inputs 1 x XLR
Jones Barrier Terminal
Outputs 1 x XLR
Jones Barrier Terminal
Maximum Input Level +16dB
Compression Threshold Dependent on "Gain Reduction" control
Compression Ratio Dependent on "Gain Reduction" control
Attack Time 10 milliseconds
Release Time Approximately 0.06 seconds for 50% release, 0.5 to 5 seconds for complete release depending upon the amount of previous reduction
Gate Threshold Not applicable
Gate Rate Not applicable
Maximum Output Level +16dBm peaks
Make-up Gain Not specified by manufacturer
Frequency Response 30Hz to 15kHz, +0/-1dB
Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Noise 75dB below +10dBm output level
Dimensions (LxWxH) 19" x 7 1/4" x 5 1/4" (3U)
Specialties True to the original in design, manufacturing and performance
Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier - Exacting Recreation of Original LA-2A Hardware Unit
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  • One (1) Year Warranty

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    All it's cracked up to be

    By Mike

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Experienced

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    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful


      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A:

      I did a ton of research before throwing down the sizeable chunk of cash needed to get it. Everything they said was true. I use it primarily for bass and vocals, but I've thrown it on everything from drums to harmonica and it does the trick. The simple controls and ease of use are nice, making it easy to dial in the perfect setting. Kinda fun to crank it all the way up from time to time to see what it's capable of. 100% glad I got it and this is one of the cheapest places on the internet to get one. Additionally, customer service was fantastic. Thanks, B&H.

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