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 40 dB gain limiting
Balanced stereo interconnection