One of the best-sounding emulations and certainly the most legendary studio compressor of all time is available for free as a plug-in for a short time! Universal Audio LA-2A Tube Compressor is THE opto compressor to shape your bass and even out your vocals in the smoothest way possible.
Universal Audio LA-2A Tube Compressor – What’s the deal?
The 1176 for all things drums and catching peaks, the Universal Audio LA-2A for endless amounts of buttery smooth compression on vocals and jumpy basslines – for decades, this was the quasi-standard in a lot of big-name studios and on a lot of albums we know and love. As an opto-compressor, the LA-2A isn’t the quickest, most transient-catching machine.
But when it’s on, it has a SOUND. Yes, we wrote that in capital letters because few other dynamic effects have such a recognizable, but most importantly, musical sound to them – without being an instrument! Many plug-in makers tried replicating the Universal Audio LA-2A over the years, but few came as close as the Universal Audio. Which was no surprise, given they’d invented the thing.
LA-2A plug-in is free until October 31st
But for many years, this emulation of the Universal Audio LA-2A was only available when you used one of UAD’s Apollo interfaces with their dedicated DSP chips. Only last year did UAD open up their treasure chest of legendary emulations to the rest of us through their Spark subscription. But they also started offering individual VSTs.
And the Universal LA-2A Tube Compressor is one of them. And it’s free. Right now until October 31, 2023. On their website. You just need to sign up and create a free account and the plug-in is yours. Isn’t that a nice way to get into Rocktober? Oh, and while you’re at it, do check out these UAD deals over at Thomann! They’re all heavily discounted at the moment.