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Summit TLA-50

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Twood, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. Twood

    Twood Active Member

    Has anybody had any experience with the Summit TLA-50? I`m in the marked for a compressor in that pricerange (500-600 USD)... Anything you can recommend that will top the summit?

  2. Twood

    Twood Active Member


  3. myfipie

    myfipie Guest

    I have been asking the same question for 2 years. Looks like a cool unit, but just can't find any reviews or anything on it.

  4. ericbarthel

    ericbarthel Guest

    I have a pair of them and I like them for electric guitars and other loud stuff. IMHO you'll get a lot more use out of the RNC by FMR. 2 channels for less than $200. With the $ you saved you can get a dbx 160a which will turn your bass guitars and kick drum into Godzilla.
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hey Guys!

    I just can't say enough positive stuff about Summit's gear. The TLA 50 is a GREAT piece of gear. It does what it says - it is a Tube Limiting Amplifier.

    If you are looking for a compressor - this is not the piece for you. It doesn't have variable knee, variable threshold, etc.

    What it does do is allow you to drive a signal in and musically limit or squash the hell out of it. It does both of these things VERY well (as well as EVERYTHING in between.)

    In other words, if you're looking for an inexpensive mastering tool for limiting - a pair of these will do GREAT. If you're looking at tracking with them, look elsewhere.

    Their higher end compressor (DCL 200) is an amazing piece of gear, but nowhere near your desired price point.

    Don't laugh, but if you're looking for a good tube compressor that will also limit, check out the ART Pro VLA. It is not your ordinary ART gear and it's used in a LOT of mastering and high-end facilities. (Most of them put some black electrical tape over the label :lol: )

    If you don't want tube, try the FMR. Their RNLA is supposed to be a little more colored than the RNC.


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