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Universal Audio LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler  

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This reissue Universal Audio LA-3A Audio Leveler meticulously retains all the internal and external qualities of the original: the same simple contro...Read More

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A faithful reissue of the classic LA-3A with modern enhancements.

This reissue Universal Audio LA-3A Audio Leveler meticulously retains all the internal and external qualities of the original: the same simple control set and the T4 electro-optical attenuator--the source of the unit's program-dependent compression. It also retains the 2RU half-rack design, and comes complete with a single-unit rack assembly--no additional kit is necessary. All the original rear panel connections and controls are also maintained, while the commonly performed LA-3A gain mod is added as an additional switch for maximum studio versatility.

The original LA-3A Leveling Amplifier made its debut at the 1969 NY AES show and marked a departure from the tube design of its predecessors. The LA-3A incorporated components and design concepts from the Putnam-designed 1176LN Limiting Amplifier. Immediately embraced as a studio workhorse and still widely used today, the LA-3A remains a favorite of engineers and producers worldwide for its unique compression characteristics and sonic signature.

FEATURES
  • Classic solid state opto-compressor
  • Custom transformers and T4 cell
  • Discrete amplifier — up to 50dB gain
  • Rear panel Gain Mod switch for gain control

All the sonic perfection of the orignal LA-3A can be yours with a few clicks!

SPECIFICATIONS

LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler

  • External Connections: Jones Barrier terminals and XLR connectors
  • Gain Reduction: up to 40dB
  • Distortion: Less than 0.33% at +24dBm
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz—20kHz +/- 0.5 dB
  • Noise Floor: -80 dB below program at threshold of limiting
  • Gain: 30 +/- 1dB, 50 +/- 1dB
  • Output Level: +20 dBm nominal
  • Input Level: 0dBm @ 50dB gain; +20dBm @ 30dB gain
  • Attack: 1.5ms or less
  • Release: 0.06s for 50% release
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