True to its inspiration; the WA-2A boasts an all tube, completely discrete signal path with through-hole component topology. It also features custom, large-core Cinemag input and output transformers, four premium vacuum tubes, and the legendary Kenetek opto-cell, considered by many to be the world’s finest.
No plug-in or other compressor type quite compares to the warm, forgiving, fluid qualities of this classic optical tube compressor. For decades, the renowned ‘2A type circuit has become the go-to device for seamlessly handling vocals, bass, and a wide variety of other instruments and program material in an effortlessly smooth way.
Releasing the WA-2A would be for nothing if we couldn’t make it affordable. Since the start of Warm Audio we have strived to give an unprecedented value to our customers, by putting high end audio within the reach of more people than ever before. This philosophy drives everything we do, and every product we offer. That’s why the WA-2A’s street price will be just $899 USD.
Welcome to the future of vintage!
-'2A Style, Transformer balanced, high voltage, opto tube compressor.
-Utilizes premium grade input and output CineMag USA -Transformers.
-Utilizes USA made Kenetek opto attenuator.
-Premium Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix tubes. 2x 12ax7, 1x 12bh7, 1x 6aq5
-Fully discrete signal path.
-Socketed to allow for retro-fitting with other opto-cells.
-Variable Pre-emphasis, allows for compression hipass filtering.
-XLR and TRS balanced line level inputs - 600 ohms impedance.
-XLR and TRS balanced line level outputs - 600 ohms impedance.
-Frequency Response +/- 1 dB, 15 Hz to 20kHz.
-Gain 40 dB ±1dB.
-Input Level +16 dB maximum.
-Output Level +10 dB nominal, +16 dB maximum.
-Distortion Less than 0.1% THD at ±10 dBm.
-Noise = -74dB.
-Attack Time - 10 milliseconds.
-Release Time - 0.06 seconds for 50% release.
0.5 to 5 seconds for complete release.
-Meter shows both dB gain reduction and dB output.
-Power - 115/230 volts (switchable), 50/60 Hz.
-Dimensions - 19" Rackmount chassis, 2U. 19" x 7" x 3.5".
-Weight - 12 lbs.
...better off sticking with my Neumann TLM 103 & getting myself a NEVE 1073N with an outboard compressor like the Warm Audio LA-2A or am I better off sticking with the unison plug in technology & just getting myself a better microphone like the Neumann u87. I record bright male vocals with the genre...
I now own a UA LA-2a, a WA-2a and a pair of KT-2a. They don't sound the same at all. The UA LA-2a is a favorite of mine channel patched on a bass guitar track at mix down, it sounds huge and deep, it adds girth to bass-rich tracks. I'd never use this compressor...
...of BB Plus -->Tumnus Deluxe-> both channels of Steel String Supreme-->Z-Tone-->Capi 312-->Avedis e27-->Anamod 660-->Eli Lil Freq-->Warm EQP-WA-->Warm WA76 -->Warm WA-2A -->Burl B2-->SoftTube Focusing EQ-->Amplitude 5-->SpeakerMix. The 76 and la2a are essentially just used for a little tranny & tube saturation and are doing little to no actual compression. Besides,...
I've owned my WA-2A compressors (2 of them) for just under a year now, and have used them on every source I can think of, including those that one would t usually go to an LA-2A for like drum busses and loops. I have now split them up from a stereo pair and have a dedicated "tracking" and "mixing"...