Warm Audio WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor

Warm Audio WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor

Warm Audio WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor

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Warm Audio WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor

Warm Audio WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor

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Product Highlights

  • 4 Tube Design
  • Dual Cinemag Transformers
  • Kenetek Opto-Cell
  • Discrete Signal Path
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Warm Audio WA-2A overview

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The WA-2A from Warm Audio recreates a classic optical tube compressor originally released in the late 1950's, a unit that is as desirable as ever, due to its ability to deliver smooth, "warm" compression for vocals and bass, among other instruments. True to the original design, the unit uses the classic four-tube design, with dual transformers and the optical photo-cell. The later item is responsible for the slow, gentle, and versatile multi-stage release time that has graced many a hit record. Additionally, the compressor features a completely discrete signal path and through-hole component topology.

UPC: 638142859097
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Warm Audio WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor
  • External Power Supply
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
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    Warm Audio WA-2A specs

    Dimensions 2U 19" Rack Mount
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.1 x 10.4 x 5.5"

    Warm Audio WA-2A reviews

    WA-2A - Tube Optical Compressor is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The tool you always wanted but couldn't afford I've been lusting after a physical LA2A for years. I actually first used one in the early 1970's in a radio station, their original market. I've tried a number of plugins, some of which aren't bad. But the weird mixture of tubes, transformers and a light bulb (panel in this case) is just hard to beat. Like all great audio gear, you may cease to notice it when it's there, but you'll truly miss it when it's not there. I have a number of wildly dynamic singers in the studio, and this just works the magic to make their vocals sit in the mix. And it makes those same vocals bigger sounding at the same time. Is it the best LA2A clone out there? I don't know since I can't test it against all the rest. But it's darn good. BTW, let me put to rest any fears about build quality, etc. This is my second (and won't be my last) piece of Warm Audio kit. Absolutely no issues with the way these beasts arrive and work. Possibly, outside of acoustic treatment, the best investment I've ever made in my studio.
    Date published: 2017-03-06
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