Golden Age Project Comp-3A vs Waves Audio CLA-3A

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Submitted by pcrecord on Mon, 03/01/2021 - 12:34

Hi gang,

I've done those 2 videos primarly for fun.. Interesting to compare hardware and plugins..

Let me know what you think !

Part 1 :

Part 2 :

Great Video, Solid state design (discrete transistors) with input and output transformers. The plug in and hardware were pretty close, but I think I liked the hardware a bit more. I liked the Upper mid (5k ish) harmonic distortion on the golden age unit.

Link555, post: 467998, member: 31690 wrote:
Great Video, Solid state design (discrete transistors) with input and output transformers. The plug in and hardware were pretty close, but I think I liked the hardware a bit more. I liked the Upper mid (5k ish) harmonic distortion on the golden age unit.

that's what i thought too. the GAP added a little hair to the sound. it helped it define a bit better.

LA3 was Putnam's solid state version of the LA2a. my desert island comp / limiter.

Link555, post: 467998, member: 31690 wrote:
Great Video, Solid state design (discrete transistors) with input and output transformers. The plug in and hardware were pretty close, but I think I liked the hardware a bit more. I liked the Upper mid (5k ish) harmonic distortion on the golden age unit.

Yes I also like the Hardware better.. I feel that on vocals, the CLA version is a bit more nazal.. and the Comp-3a has a rounder lowend..
Very subtle but still .. ;)

I liked the gap better too, more smooth and balanced. But, on acoustic, i could see cases where i may opt for the cla since it seemed to let more pick attack thru. Of all the sources i feel like the gap did the best to the vocals.