Please share any comparisons you've done between the UA LA-2A and Warm Audio WA-2A seen below.
Looking at the guts of the WA-2A, it looks pretty clean, not exactly the same as the originals but it appears to all be there.
I wonder how it sounds? Compares?
With the advent of classic gain reduction units in software/ plugin form, I thought I would start a series of threads explaining how these original classic units worked - kind of a "what makes them tick" series of threads, for those who are using emulations from companies like
I thought this mix I did might serve as an interesting analog mastering comparison using a few compressors with tubes and trannies.
Even though the LA-2A and 1176 is best suited for tracking and mixing, who cares right, I'm more interested in the colour on this one. The beauty of hybrid is ability to master something clean or add colour in many ways. Lets see what these gems sound like paired up and put to the test on the master chain.
3 versions of the same song.
My Original Mix:
Was there a difference?
I used a Neumann M 149 into an SPL Premium mic preamp (which conveniently has two outputs per channel, (a cool parallel setup).
Trying to get the same sound after vocals are printed doesn't compare.
What a glorious sound you get tracking into an LA-2A. It makes me wonder how the Apollo and the LA-2A plugin would stack up to the hardware. My guess is no contest to the real deal but if you have an Apollo, please chime in and let us know what you think.
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It's in the title really. I always come here for the sensible grounded advice that other forum's can lack at times. That's a compliment in case you're wondering. :biggrin:
How well can a Distressor's Opto mode carry off an LA-2A sound?
The reason I ask is because I'll be buying one of them at the end of this month. So far this year, I have already picked up a Mohog Audio MoFet76 and an API 2500, both of which I am delighted with.
I will be getting a UAD pack in about a month. But untill then I need a plugin that has the Lushness and Creamyness of the UAD's LA-2A .
Which plugin compressor have you used that comes the closest. Thanks
Help is appreciated.
And which PAK to you recommend?