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Universal Audio Announces Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Plug-In Collection For UAD Platform

Definitive software collection of the revered optical compressors

By PSW Staff February 11, 2013

The three distinct Teletronix hardware units in the new LA-2A Classic Leveler collection

Universal Audio (US) has announced the impending release of the Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler collection for the UAD powered plug-ins platform and Apollo high-resolution audio interface.

Picking up where UA’s legacy LA-2A plug-in left off, the new LA-2A plug-in collection provides emulations of three distinct Teletronix hardware units, right down to their transformers, amplifiers, and aged luminescent panels.

The original LA-2A hardware — still hand-built at UA headquarters in Scotts Valley, CA — brings smooth, warm compression to everything, especially vocals. With the new LA-2A collection, Universal Audio modeled the entire electronic path of three coveted hardware units — “Silver,” “Gray,” and the original LA-2 model.

“While our original LA-2A plug-in provided a breakthrough rendition of the original hardware, we’ve learned a lot about analog emulation over the past 10 years,” explains Bill Putnam Jr., founder and CEO of Universal Audio. “Our new Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler collection adds tube amplifier and transformer modeling, improvements in T4 gain reduction nonlinearities, and superior time constant behaviors. Put simply, these are the most musical and authentic LA-2A emulations ever created.”

The Bill Putnam-era LA-2A “Silver” model features a fast time constant, making it suitable on all sources, including drums and percussion. The Jim Lawrence-era LA-2A “Gray” model maintains an average time constant, providing a range of “medium-speed” compression. Finally, the LA-2 plug-in models the rarest of original Teletronix units, providing a super-slow compression response and a unique “mellowed” sound due to 50 years of luminescent panel aging.

Additionally, the LA-2A Classic Leveler collection plug-ins includes presets from famous LA-2A users, including Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, R.E.M., Ziggy Marley), Carl Glanville (U2, Billy Joel, Jason Mraz), Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg), Vance Powell (Jack White, Red Fang, The Dead Weather), and Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train).

Available as part of an upcoming UAD Software release scheduled for February 2013, the LA-2A Classic Leveler collection will be available for $299 US via UA’s Online Store, or for $149 US for current owners of the original LA-2A Leveling Amplifier plug-in.

Universal Audio 

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