Warm Audio WA-2A

1-Channel tube opto-compressor / limiter

  • 100% discrete signal path
  • CineMag input transformer
  • CineMag output transformer
  • 4 Premium TungSol and Electro-Harmonix tubes: 2x 12AX7, 1x 12BH7, 1x 6AQ5 (or the 6P1 - can be interchanged)
  • Kenetek opto attenuator
  • Integrated power adapter
  • Stereo-link capability
  • Balanced XLR and jack inputs - 600 ohm impedance
  • Balanced XLR and jack outputs - 600 ohm impedance
  • Frequency response: +/- 1 dB, 15 - 20,000 Hz
  • Gain: 40 dB +/-1 dB
  • Input level: +16 dB maximum
  • Output level: +10 dB nominal, +16 dB maximum
  • Distortion: less than 0.1% THD at +/-10 dBm
  • Attack time: 10 milliseconds
  • Release time: 0.06 seconds for 50% release, 0.5 up to 5 seconds for complete release
  • Meter for gain reduction and output
  • Dimensions 483 x 178 x 89 mm
  • Weight: 5.44 kg

Further Information

Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable No
19 Customer Ratings
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Warm Vocals
Carl Ahn, 28.03.2021
This is my first hardware compressor.. and I'm glad I decided on the Warm.
Using it mainly for vocals and even with very little compression applied I've noticed an incredible improvement in sound.
My ribbon microphone never sounded smoother or more warm. A welcome upgrade from any software compressor I've used.
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Clean and Nice build
Dylan Earl, 13.11.2020
Lovely Warm and Clean. Great for Vocals. Not a single bit of noise off it and great build quality too. Top clone.
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worth the money
Abdulla J., 28.10.2018
i don't know what the original thing sounds like.. but i bypass the Manley core comp and use the wa-2a instead since i got it!

p.s. use it as an insert to spice things up ITB.
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Tube warmth
Frednugent, 20.01.2018
This compressor is great. You can get some smooth opto compression easily and if you want some tube distortion just trun the Pre-emphasis knob on the back. I do with that knob was on the front but it's still a great piece of gear. Just sounds good. Built solid. I like it!
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