Warm Audio WA-2A Opto Compressor

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Warm Audio WA-2A Single-Channel Tube Optical Compressor

Overiew:

The Warm Audio WA-2A is a single-channel tube optical compressor that recreates a classic leveling amplifier originally released in the late 1950s. With Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix tubes, dual CineMag transformers, and a Kenetek opto-cell, the WA-2A offers smooth, warm compression ideal for vocals, bass, guitars, drums, and parallel submixes. Its discrete signal path is terminated with balanced XLR and 1/4″ TRS input and output connectors, and delivers a high output with minimal noise.

Use compress mode for moderate peak attenuation, or switch to limit mode for more aggressive gain reduction. Operation is simple and efficient, thanks to the adjustable gain and peak reduction controls. The rear-panel “Pre-Emphasis” serves as a tone control for the sidechain. A large VU meter allows easy viewing of gain reduction or output level, and can be calibrated via a dedicated potentiometer. The WA-2A supports stereo linking to a second WA-2A through a 1/4″ TRS cable (available separately).

Features:

  • Leveling Amp with Discrete Signal Path
  • Selectable Compress/Limit Mode
  • Adjustable Gain & Peak Reduction
  • Adjustable Sidechain Tone Control
  • Tung-Sol & Electro-Harmonix Tubes
  • Dual CineMag Transformers
  • Kenetek Opto-Cell
  • Balanced XLR & 1/4″ TRS I/O
  • Stereo Link via 1/4″ TRS
  • VU Meter with Selectable Display Mode

More Features:

Analog Tone

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

‘2A Style Optical Compressor

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.

Premium Components

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.

A Four Tube Operation

The WA-2A operates on four tubes: two 12AX7’s, one 12BH7, and one 6aq5 (or 6P1J). We proudly use 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.

Specs:

  • ‘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 TUNG-SOL AND ELECTRO-HARMONIX 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″.

Warm Audio WA-2A Single-Channel Tube Optical Compressor

Overiew:

The Warm Audio WA-2A is a single-channel tube optical compressor that recreates a classic leveling amplifier originally released in the late 1950s. With Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix tubes, dual CineMag transformers, and a Kenetek opto-cell, the WA-2A offers smooth, warm compression ideal for vocals, bass, guitars, drums, and parallel submixes. Its discrete signal path is terminated with balanced XLR and 1/4″ TRS input and output connectors, and delivers a high output with minimal noise.

Use compress mode for moderate peak attenuation, or switch to limit mode for more aggressive gain reduction. Operation is simple and efficient, thanks to the adjustable gain and peak reduction controls. The rear-panel “Pre-Emphasis” serves as a tone control for the sidechain. A large VU meter allows easy viewing of gain reduction or output level, and can be calibrated via a dedicated potentiometer. The WA-2A supports stereo linking to a second WA-2A through a 1/4″ TRS cable (available separately).

Features:

  • Leveling Amp with Discrete Signal Path
  • Selectable Compress/Limit Mode
  • Adjustable Gain & Peak Reduction
  • Adjustable Sidechain Tone Control
  • Tung-Sol & Electro-Harmonix Tubes
  • Dual CineMag Transformers
  • Kenetek Opto-Cell
  • Balanced XLR & 1/4″ TRS I/O
  • Stereo Link via 1/4″ TRS
  • VU Meter with Selectable Display Mode

More Features:

Analog Tone

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

‘2A Style Optical Compressor

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.

Premium Components

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.

A Four Tube Operation

The WA-2A operates on four tubes: two 12AX7’s, one 12BH7, and one 6aq5 (or 6P1J). We proudly use 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.

Specs:

  • ‘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 TUNG-SOL AND ELECTRO-HARMONIX 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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