Warm Audio have announced the latest addition to their growing lineup of products, the WA-2A optical compressor.
True to its inspiration, the Teletronix LA2A; the WA-2A boasts an all tube, completely discrete signal path with through-hole component topology. The WA-2A proudly 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.
Keeping it real…
From the first stages of development we felt it essential to stay true to the classic design. The WA-2A uses the same four-tube design, dual transformers, and optical photo-cell as the original circuit.
Warm Audio are using Cinemag Transformers in the WA-2A and truly believe they are of the finest quality available. CineMag provides premium transformers that we feel meet and exceed the specifications of anything found in the vintage units.
The heart of any optical compressor is the opto-cell; a delicately crafted enclosure packed with photo-resistors and a luminescent panel. Though technologically archaic, the making and fine-tuning of these esoteric modules is something that will ‘make or break’ an optical compressor. For this, they used Kenetek, who are considered by many to make the world’s finest opts-cell.
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