Warm Audio

Warm Audio WA-2A Single-Channel Tube Optical Compressor 323653 638142859097

$ 949.00

Warm Audio WA-2A Single-Channel Tube Optical Compressor 323653 638142859097

$ 949.00
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  • SKU: WA2A323653
  • Brand: Warm Audio
  • Type: Compressor
  • Availability: In Stock

Key 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

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 "Pre-Emphasis" serves as a tone control for the sidechain; use this control to make the compressor's detector circuit less sensitive to either high or low frequencies, or keep it flat at the noon position. 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). If you decide to link two units in stereo, you can make use of the rear-panel Stereo Link Adjust control. This feature helps you fine-tune any differences in how either unit responds to the threshold of compression, thereby achieving a more stable stereo match while avoiding unwanted shifts in the stereo field.

  • Transformed-balanced, high-voltage, optical tube compressor built in the classic "2A" style
  • Up to 40 dB of gain reduction
  • Up to 40 dB of make-up gain
  • CineMag USA input and output transformers
  • USA-made Kenetek opto-cell attenuator T4-style module
  • Socketed construction to allow retrofitting of other opto-cells and tubes
  • Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix tubes including two 12AX7s, one 12BH7, and one 6P1
  • Fully discrete signal path
  • Variable pre-emphasis allows for reducing high frequencies in the sidechain
  • Supports stereo linking via 1/4" TRS
  • Balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS I/O
  • VU meter with selectable display of gain reduction or output at +4 dB / +10 dB above the meter reading
  • Rear-panel meter adjust function for easy VU calibration
  • Occupies 2 RU of rack space


        • Function: Compressor/Limiter (Leveling Amplifier)
        • Number of Channels: 1
        • Inputs: 1 x XLR 3-Pin Female (Balanced). 1 x 1/4" TRS Female (Balanced)
        • Outputs: 1 x XLR 3-Pin Male (Balanced). 1 x 1/4" TRS Female (Balanced)
        • Link Connector: 1 x 1/4" TRS Female
        • Input Impedance: 600 Ohms
        • Output Impedance: 600 Ohms
        • Maximum Input Level: +16 dB
        • Compression Threshold: Fixed
        • Compression Ratio: Compress Mode: Fixed and Source-Dependent. Limit Mode:
        • Approximately Infinity:1
        • Attack Time: 10 ms
        • Release Time: 50% Release: 60 ms. Complete Release: 500 ms to 5 sec
        • Maximum Output Level: +16 dB (+10 dB Nomimal)
        • Make-up Gain: Up to 40 dB (±1 dB)
        • Gain Reduction: Up to -40 dB (±3 dB)
        • Frequency Response: 15 Hz to 20 kHz (±1 dB)
        • Distortion (THD): < 0.1% at ±10 dBm
        • Noise: -74 dB
        • Fuse: 250 V, 1 A Fast-Blow Fuse
        • Power Requirement: 115/230 VAC, 50/60 Hz
        • Dimensions: 19 x 3.5 x 7" / 48.3 x 8.9 x 17.8 cm
        • Weight: 12 lb / 5.4 kg
        • Package Weight: 11.445 lb
        • Box Dimensions (LxWxH): 23 x 10.3 x 5.6"

        In the Box

        • Warm Audio WA-2A Single-Channel Tube Optical Compressor
        • IEC Power Cable
        • Limited 1-Year Warranty

        MPN: 323653

        UPC: 638142859097

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