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Warm Audio WA-2A Optical All-Tube Audio Compressor Limiter

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Unique capabilities, 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. True to its inspiration!

Warm Audio WA-2A Optical All-Tube Audio Compressor Limiter Features

  • '2A Style, Transformer balanced, high voltage, opto (Light controlled) tube compressor
  • Fully discrete signal path
  • Utilizes custom USA made CineMag input and output transformers
  • Utilizes boutique USA made Kenetek T4B opto attenuator. Socketed to allow for retro-fitting with vintage (or other) opto-cells
  • Premium Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix tubes. 2x 12ax7, 1x 12bh7, 1x 6aq5 (or 6p1 - interchangeable)
  • Variable Pre-emphasis knob (via the back-panel) allows for compression hipass filtering
  • Stereo-link capability via TRS connector and knob on back panel
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.

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Phone:  512-348-6585 Warranty:  1 Year

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Warm Audio WA-2A Optical All-Tube Audio Compressor Limiter Specifications
  • 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 0.5% 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
  • Power: 115/230 volts (switchable), 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions: 19" Rackmount chassis, 2U. 19 x 7 x 3.5"
  • Weight: 12 lbs.

Customer Reviews

Jeff R. Submitted: 11/27/2018
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Great compressor!
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What is your opinion of this product?
I use it predominently on bass, after my 1176. As with all Warm Audio compressors, I find it has a mid-frequency "bump". I had a WA76 and found the same "coloration". Although I got rid of my WA76 because of this, it isn't as pronounced on the WA2A, and I actually like it on bass! I have used it on acoustic guitars with great results, as well. Every bit as good as my UAD and Waves plug-in versions.
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Marco Pierre Submitted: 11/6/2018
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Best piece of outboard gear I own
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There is no plugin that compares to this piece of hardware I recommend it to anyone second guessing whether or not they should buy it.
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Sean W. Submitted: 9/12/2018
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Buy this!
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Literally makes any vocal or bass sound full and amazing. Even with out gain reduction, once the compression kicks in this thing takes off. Well worth 900 if you want your vocals to sound amazing
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Michael Babb, jamesmichaelbabb@gmail.com Submitted: 9/5/2018
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Game changer of a product
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This is something I was a little hesitant to purchase. I acquired what I thought was most necessary first, and then got the WA2A. It was my 5th comp in my rack after distressors and 76’s. This WA2A sounds great and should be your FIRST compressor when building a studio rack. Because it is easy to use, and the sound that goes through this unit becomes smooth, level and even squashed and nicely saturated when pushed. Applying the WA2A on vocals is better than any plugin, by far! The unit is built great and Warm audio service is awesome. Looking back, I now know this could have served as my first compressor. But now I know it holds its own in comparison to units costing much more. I see four of these in my future. When you experience the WA2A it’s apparent, for the price it’s a game changer.
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ariel e ramirez Submitted: 7/23/2018
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Don't Think About It
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This compressor/limiter does exactly what its supposed to do. I use this on my vocal chain and it delivers top quality while being super user friendly. you cannot go wrong with this WA-2A.
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mlwd@hotmail.com Submitted: 7/22/2018
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A great addition to my studio!
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I have been reading the reviews and comments on several websites about the WA2A Compressor, I have the WA76 but wanted a smoother, more transparent compressor for vocals. THIS IS IT! AND AT A GREAT PRICE! This added a professional touch to my recordings. Thanks AMS for many years of service to me and all of us out here trying to make it in the music world.
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