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Warm Audio WA-2A Optical Compressor



Though digital technology and software have made great strides in recent years; we still believe that nothing compares to the level of articulation, depth, realism, and responsiveness of a well-built piece of analog gear. When you hear the bottom-end presence and top-end detail of quality analog gear, the difference is astounding. The cost of most boutique analog equipment is financially out of reach for many recording artists. Warm Audio's mission is to change this and introduce people to recording and mixing with real, dedicated hardware.

No plug-in or other compressor type quite compares to the warm, forgiving, fluid qualities of the classic 2A optical compressor. For decades, the renowned 2A style 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.

The WA-2A is a high-voltage, Class-A opto-compressor, utilizing large-core CineMag USA Transformers, four premium vacuum tubes, and the legendary Kenetek opto-cell--considered by many to be the world’s finest.

The WA-2A operates on four tubes: two 12AX7s, one 12BH7, and one 6AQ5 (or 6P1J). Warm proudly uses Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix brand tubes in the signal path, which sound very open and LARGE. All 4 tubes are socketed for easy swapping and replacement.

  • Type: Tube/Optical
  • Number of Channels: 1
  • Controls: Limit/Compress, Output Gain, Peak Reduction, Gain Reduction
  • Frequency Response: 15Hz to 20kHz
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
  • Rack Spaces: 2U
  • Height: 3.5"
  • Depth: 7"
  • Width: 19"
  • Weight: 12 lbs

Model: WA2A
Manufacturer: Warm Audio
Warm Audio WA-2A Optical Compressor
Price: $899.00