LALA is Analog Obsession’s first emulation of the LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier. The plugin delivers all the core features of the original hardware unit, along with some extras such as an external sidechain input, a 3-band sidechain filter, and a mix control knob for quick and easy parallel compression.
The original LA-2A hardware is based on a tube-driven electro-optical attenuator circuit. It is famous for delivering gentle and warm compression that works magically well on vocals. Analog Obsession’s freeware plugin isn’t a detailed circuit-level emulation of the original, but it is definitely inspired by the real LA-2A compressor.
As is the case with the original LA-2A unit, LALA’s main control parameters are the Gain and Peak Reduction knobs. These two controls are used to set the amount of dynamic range reduction that is applied to the signal. Additionally, the user can engage the sidechain input, which can be shaped using the built-in filter. Finally, the Mix knob will mix the clean and compressed audio signal on the output.
Some users wanted to see the famous optical limiter-compressor from me. And after some hard work, it’s finally ready to release!
LALA is available for free download from Analog Obsession’s recently-launched Patreon page. The software is compatible with VST, VST3, and AU plugin hosts. Keep in mind that only 64-bit digital audio workstations are supported. For more LA-2A style compression, check out the excellent AdHd Leveling Tool plugin by AudioTools.
Analog Obsession moved all of their plugins to Patreon a few months ago. All plugins (including those that weren’t freeware originally) can now be downloaded for free, with optional donations if you want to support the developer.
More info: LALA (4.59 MB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin format for Windows & macOS)