"It definitely has that classic character, it sounds great! You really can't beat this for the price."
~ Recording Studio Tips & Reviews
True to its inspiration; the WA-2A boasts an all tube, completely discrete signal path with through-hole component topology. It also features custom, large-core Cinemag input and output transformers, four premium vacuum tubes, and the legendary Kenetek opto-cell, considered by many to be the world’s finest.
No plug-in or other compressor type quite compares to the warm, forgiving, fluid qualities of this classic optical tube compressor. For decades, the renowned ‘2A type 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 strived 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.
Welcome to the future of vintage!
Utilizes premium grade input and output
Utilizes USA made Kenetek opto attenuator.'2A Style, Transformer balanced, high voltage, opto tube compressor
Premium Tung-Sol and Electro-Harmonix tubes. 2x 12ax7, 1x 12bh7, 1x 6aq5
Fully discrete signal path
Socketed to allow for retro-fitting with other opto-cells
Variable Pre-emphasis, allows for compression hipass filtering
XLR and TRS balanced line level inputs - 600 ohms impedance
XLR and TRS balanced line level outputs - 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 shows 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"
Weight - 12 lbs