Universal Audio LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler  

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A faithful reissue of the classic LA-3A with modern enhancements.

This reissue Universal Audio LA-3A Audio Leveler meticulously retains all the internal and external qualities of the original: the same simple control set and the T4 electro-optical attenuator--the source of the unit's program-dependent compression. It also retains the 2RU half-rack design, and comes complete with a single-unit rack assembly--no additional kit is necessary. All the original rear panel connections and controls are also maintained, while the commonly performed LA-3A gain mod is added as an additional switch for maximum studio versatility.

The original LA-3A Leveling Amplifier made its debut at the 1969 NY AES show and marked a departure from the tube design of its predecessors. The LA-3A incorporated components and design concepts from the Putnam-designed 1176LN Limiting Amplifier. Immediately embraced as a studio workhorse and still widely used today, the LA-3A remains a favorite of engineers and producers worldwide for its unique compression characteristics and sonic signature.

Classic solid state opto-compressor
Custom transformers and T4 cell
Discrete amplifier ” up to 50dB gain
Rear panel Gain Mod switch for gain control
Designed by ex-UREI engineer Dennis Fink

All the sonic perfection of the orignal LA-3A can be yours with a few clicks!


LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler Specifications:

External Connections: Jones Barrier terminals and XLR connectors
Gain Reduction: up to 40dB
Distortion: Less than 0.33% at +24dBm
Frequency Response: 20Hz”20kHz +/- 0.5 dB
Noise Floor: -80 dB below program at threshold of limiting
Gain: 30 +/- 1dB, 50 +/- 1dB
Output Level: +20 dBm nominal
Input Level: 0dBm @ 50dB gain; +20dBm @ 30dB gain
Attack: 1.5ms or less
Release: 0.06s for 50% release
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