After living with it, alongside my only surviving hardware version of it, I pulled my old friend from the rack it lived in and retired it, The plug in version sounds and behaves just like it.
I tested it by duplicating a track, inserted the 160 hardware into one, the software 160 into the other, got the sound I wanted in the hardware 160,
Without listening, replicated all the knob positions in the plug in, and started switching from one to the other. it was 99% the same, the hardware 160 was a little louder (about 2 dbs) once the levels were matched I demoed them to a client whom I know has good ears, he could not tell them apart, then I had him switch channels for me, I could not tell them apart. Enough said.
I've only used it on vocals and its GREAT on transients.. It just works man...Put a Fairchild on top of it and see what happens.. Well, I love what happens.
LA-3A its really a great piece of gear. It does exactly what it is supposed to do and from my point of view that is what great means and above that it is very easy to use. It's in all of my productions. Is true I did not made a comparison test with the LA-3A hardware because I don't own one, but I really don't think that is so important after all. Great job guys!
I had a real problem compressing a greek instrument called bouzouki.The character of Teletronix® LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler Plug-In helped me solve that.Thanks UA!!!
This is a great workhorse compressor that you can use on anything.
Although everyone talks about bass and drums, (Big giveaway) I'm partial to using them on rappers vocals....
I fell in love with the LA2A and am so stoked to have the LA3A in the tool box now.
They are both part of my "go to" team of compression. So simple, yet so radically effective, beautiful with unspoling character.
If you love the LA2A, then you need this one too. Before anything else.
I used this compressor on a side chain buss on my drums and the same on my bass on a side chain to make everything more punchy. This is the best compressor by far, it's giving me the sound that no other compressor can do
after years of regret for having sold my hardware version of this old box, i was excited to hear that it was being modeled by UAD... i use this thing all the time on bass and drums. takes me back every time i instantiate it! thanks, UAD, for being so faithful to the sound of the original!
I really like this plugin. Works really nicely on vocals. Dropped it on a vocal track and it smoothed out the vocals and helped the track sit nicely in the mic. Love this plugin.
This is the best software compressor of its type ever created ! The punch of this one is fantastic ! With this tool no more lack of punch ! Essential tool in our arsenal ! Universal Audio are the kings of processors for real punch !
i used to work my ears around two original dbx 160's and this plug surely brings back those memories. sounds so good!
I was fully ready to be disappointed.
But wait a minute . . .
Wow. It sounds just like I remember it.
This is the first time I've heard a plug-in sound this smooth and transparent (especially on vocals) ever.
I'd been meaning to buy the actual analog unit - but not really a need now.
I'll be using it all the time.
Great job UA.
Probably the most underated software compressor in the UAD range or native even. The most versital capable of the most extremes as well. I can't say enough good things about it.
Only 3 knobs but so powerful thats for sure. Great for creating new grooves from lifless phrases....
Original dbx-160 sound!
I have try the hardware and i say that plug have the same sound.
I often use the brauerizeâ„¢ technique and the dbx are perfect for my VCA-Bus.
I can only say buy buy buy buy.
The hardware LA-3 is my goto guitar tracking comp, and the software version does not disappoint!!! Excellent response and excellent quality. It goes on every guitar track I cut and then I freeze away. Guitars and snares grow in size and really stay put in the mix. A CLASSIC! Buy it now.
I was very excited to see that UA finally released the LA-3A for the UAD-1 when I puchased my first card. I had used the original hardware version and always wanted to own a few. I immediately purchased the UAD-1 version and was thrilled to find it dead on to the hardware and of course, plug-in quiet! It has that amazing transparency, smoothness, and adds a depth that you just don't find in other comps. It is the pinnacle of the Opto sound!
sound's a bit like LA-2A, but with faster attack (read "for vocals") and with bright middle range excitement.
good option for LA-2A users!
Having the UAD-1 since 2001 I know all the plug-ins pretty well, and I couldn´t live without them...
On first sight, I thought the LA3A is not much different than the LA2A - but then came the day I used it on Vocals and... WOW - this is for me THE best darn thing for compressing Vocals!
Engineer's and mixers want tools that will enhance& transform their audio to the next level. The Fairchild 670 offers vintage compression that brings new life to whatever signal it touches. It's a mainstay on my vocal channel, really makes them stand-out in a mix like no other. If you want to make it big & loud (and vintage) you need this. This is a desert island plug-in, the best of the best. Can't believe you don't have this yet.
The impact of this Plugin is immediately eveident when I compared it to my Waves Puigchild 670. The UA version has so much more "punch", "warmth" and "depth". Recently, I used it on a Drum Buss, and could not believe how much it added to the impact of the kit. I love the plug!!!!