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Golden Age Project Comp-2A Audio Levelar

Valve Optical Compressor
Published June 2017
By Matt Houghton

Golden Age Project Comp-2A Audio Levelar

Golden Age Project’s quest to bring classic designs within reach of the masses continues, with this affordable take on the LA-2A.

Announced at the same time as the Comp-3A solid-state optical compressor, which I reviewed back in SOS August 2016 (http://sosm.ag/ga-comp3a), Golden Age Project’s Comp-2A — which I’ve long been looking forward to trying out — has finally arrived. As the name implies, this is the company’s interpretation of the UREI Teletronix LA-2A, which remains one the of the most desirable vocal compressors around.

LA Story

As I explained in my Comp-3A review, the LA-3A (on which that model is based) and the LA-2A are very closely related. Their form factors differ: the LA-2A came in a chunky grey 3U chassis with a hinged front-panel, which opened to give service access, while the LA-3A was a more conventional half-rack 2U device. The other main difference is that the LA-2A, which was designed and released in the early 1960s by James F Lawrence II under the Teletronix brand, employed valve gain stages, whereas the LA-3A, which replaced it in 1969, used only solid-state electronics. The T4B optical cell — an electro-luminescent panel coupled with a pair...

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Published June 2017