Warm Audio WA2A 2A Style Optical Compressor
Though digital technology and software have made great strides in recent years; Warm Audio still believes that nothing compares to the level of articulation, depth, realism, and responsiveness of a well-built piece of analogue gear. When you hear the bottom-end presence and top-end detail of quality analogue gear, the difference is astounding. The cost of most boutique analogue equipment is financially out of reach for many recording artists. Their mission is to change this and introduce as many people as they 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 Warm Audio couldn’t make it affordable. Since the start of Warm Audio, they 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 they do, and every product they 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.
A Four Tube Operation
The WA-2A operates on four tubes: two 12AX7’s, one 12BH7, and one 6aq5 (or 6P1J). Warm Audio proudly uses 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.