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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Universal Audio LA-3A Dual Classic Audio Leveler  

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    A brilliant piece of engineering that has never lost its edge.

    The original LA-3A Leveling Amplifier made its debut at the 1969 NY AES show and marked the departure from the tube design of the Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier. 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.

    The Universal Audio Classics reissue of the LA-3A meticulously retains all the internal and external qualities of the original. It sports the same simple control set and the T4 electro-optical attenuator, which is the source of the LA-3A'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 enhanced by LA-3A gain mod switch for maximum studio versatility.

    • Classic solid-state opto-compressor
    • Custom UA transformers & T4 cell
    • Discrete amplifier — up to 50dB gain
    • Rear panel gain mod switch for gain control

    The Universal Audio LA-3A is the genuine classic. Order today and put its revered ssound to work for you.


    LA-3A Dual Classic Audio Leveler Specifications:

    • External Connections: Jones Barrier terminals and XLR connectors
    • Gain Reduction: up to 40 dB
    • 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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