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. Our mission is to change this, and introduce as many people as we can 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.
Releasing the WA-2A would be for nothing if we couldn’t make it affordable. Since the start of Warm Audio we have striven 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.
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.
'2A STYLE, TRANSFORMER BALANCED, HIGH VOLTAGE, OPTO TUBE COMPRESSOR
UTILIZES PREMIUM GRADE INPUT AND OUTPUT CINEMAG USA TRANSFORMERS
USA MADE KENETEK OPTO-CELL ATTENUATOR T4' STYLE MODULE. SOCKETED TO ALLOW RETRO-FITTING WITH OTHER OPTO-CELLS.
PREMIUM TUBES. 2X 12AX7, 1X 12BH7, 1X 6AQ5 OR 6P1
FULLY DISCRETE SIGNAL PATH
VARIABLE PRE-EMPHASIS, ALLOWS FOR COMPRESSION HIPASS FILTERING (TONE CONTROL)
STEREO-LINK CAPABLE VIA TRS CONNECTOR
INPUT IMPEDANCE - 600 OHMS, BRIDGES-T CONTROL (FLOATING)
XLR AND TRS BALANCED LINE LEVEL OUTPUTS - 600 OHMS IMPEDANCE
XLR AND TRS BALANCED LINE LEVEL INPUTS - 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 DISPLAYS 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"
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