LA-2A compressor by Chepman Audio is perhaps the most iconic compressor/limiter that has ever existed. You've heard it on countless hits. Pass your signal through it, and magic will happen. First introduced in the early 1960s, the LA-2A quickly became a staple in the racks of large and small recording and broadcast studios. Today, LA-2A is manufactured in accordance with the original specifications, manually soldered from point to point (point-to-point), while each component is carefully selected. Smooth, natural and supremely musical, the LA-2A tube electro-optical attenuator circuit provides instant gain reduction with zero increase in harmonic distortion like no other compressor you've ever used. Every serious studio needs at least one.

  • Compressor/limiter on a photocell with tube amplification.
  • Designed according to the original specifications
  • Simple and convenient controls
  • Optical level control system without distortion and delays
  • Distortion: less than 0.5% THD
  • Gain from 0 dB to 40 dB
  • Balanced XLR input and output
  • Input and output transformers Sowter
  • Output level: 10 dBm
  • Low noise level: 70 dB below the output level +10 dBm
  • Handmade, point-to-point (without printed circuit boards), NOS lamps, carefully selected components.

  • Frequency response
30-15000 Hz +/- 1dB
  • Input impedance
600 ohms, balanced
  • Output impedance
600 ohms
  • Noise level
-70 dBm in the band from 20Hz to 20kHz at +10 dBm
  • Gain
  • Output signal level
+10 dB (nominal), +16 dB (maximum)
  • The level of nonlinear distortion
is 0.25%
  • Attack time
10 µs
  • Recovery time
from 0.5s to 5s
  • Supply voltage
  • 19” rec, 3U
  • Weight
5.8 kg

  • LA-2A - rack, 3U, 1 chennel - € 3400,00
Hight Quality
All our devices are assembled manually and undergo multi-level quality control.
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System solutions
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Individual Approach
Many years of experience allows us to develop various devices according to the requests of our customers.
The best artists, engineers and producers appreciate LA-2A for its delicacy and lamp warmth. This compressor can be as transparent as it needs to be for vocals, but you can also blast a sizzling overdrive, pump up a skinny guitar and/or a dim tube stack. In combination with another compressor (the 1176 is a popular choice), the LA-2A provides silky-smooth vocals. “Put the arrow down” to smooth out the biggest peaks, then pass the signal through 1176 to put it in order. Experiment by flipping the chain. It's impossible to make LA-2A sound bad. There may never be a more iconic dynamic processor.
One can attest to the fact that there is no shortage of LA-2A plug—ins - evidence of the enduring relevance of the hardware unit, sound appeal and mastery of dynamics control. LA-2A, the main studio instrument for more than half a century, continues to fascinate new generations of retro sound lovers with its uncanny ability to work wonders with synthesizer bass and TR-909. Long-term dominance as a compressor for vocals, bass, drums, guitars and everything else you may need. The wide 3D sound and depth of the scene combined with the ease of use of two handles made the LA-2A an integral part of professional audio.
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