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Product Description The COMP-2A is a one channel vintage style Compressor / Leveler using vacuum tubes in the signal and side-chain path. The input and output is transformer balanced, using two different transformers, each one optimized for its purpose. This is the way audio components were built before transistors and integrated circuits became available. Integrated circuits are small and cheap and widely used in most modern designs. The drawback is that audio components built with modern technology doesn't always provide the best perceived sound quality or the type of character that the modern user desires. The subjective sound quality delivered by vintage equipment is often preferred over the one delivered by modern units, a situation that is even more obvious now when music is recorded with clean-sounding digital audio equipment. This is the reason why so many vintage audio components are cloned and produced again and also why the vintage originals are often very expensive on the second hand market. The circuit used in the COMP-2A is based on a classic design that was originally produced in the early 1960s and it was initially intended for broadcast applications. It uses an electro-luminescent panel and a photoelectric cell to control gain. This gives it a unique, program dependent compression characteristic. In addition, the all tube signal path and the transformers adds a wonderful and musical character to the sound. The ease of use with only two main controls makes it very simple to achieve the desired sound. These attributes has made the original units a favorite of engineers and musicians worldwide. This classic sound is now available at a very affordable price point with the COMP-2A.

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GAP COMP-2A and COMP-3A?!

I fiddled with the COMP-3A at AES at the Alto Music booth. (They did not have the COMP-2A.) Build quality seemed great. It felt just like a real la-3a except it employs a wall wart. Wasn't plugged in so I didn't hear it though. gooof

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Are any plug-ins comparable to real tube distortion?

If there were only one 'ideal' guitar sound, it would be easy to evaluate plug-ins versus hardware. For SOME folks, a digital amp sim box or plugin might nail the sound in their heads (especially if that sound is one that has been derived from a stack of effects, is associated with a big hit, and...

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Are any plug-ins comparable to real tube distortion?

no there are none Like with guitar tube amps there are good and tube comps and bad tube comps. Just because something has tubes doesn't mean it is going to sound good. No not at all. There are old solid state analog amplifiers and compressors that have wonderful distortion. For most peeps it comes down to price...

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