AudioDeluxe offers the LA-2A Tube Compressor plugin by Universal Audio as a free download for a limited time.
You thought you were escaping from the LA-2A, didn’t you? Universal Audio is fairly adamant that you need this dynamics processor in your life, and they won’t take no for an answer.
All jokes aside, the UAD LA-2A Tube Compressor is free yet again on AudioDeluxe. If you’ve somehow missed the initial offer that was announced everywhere back in October or haven’t purchased anything from Plugin Boutique this month, then you’re in luck.
We covered the LA-2A Tube Compressor last month, but it is definitely worth a look if you’re on the hunt for a very colored compressor. It was enough to convince me to dive into the ecosystem head-first, as I now have the full LA-2A collection, the 1176 collection, and the API 2500.
The compressor itself is fairly no-frills in terms of overall controls. You’ve got a gain knob and a peak reduction knob. You can choose to place the processor itself into light compression or go towards limiting if you so desire.
I’ve found it to be a wonderful tool for vocals, kicks, keys, guitars, and basses. I certainly liked it enough to just purchase the whole kit and kaboodle so I could have the myriad of colors on offer from UAD out of the LA-2A.
This isn’t a light or cut-down version by any means. It lacks the headroom and mix controls you might see on some UAD compressors, but it works wonders as a character processor.
I’ve found myself reaching for this one over the paid versions time and time again. It is a little too grabby for bus work, but on individual channels, it works quite well.
It also makes a great entry point into the ecosystem as a whole since UAD has been known for years for the strength of its EQs and compressors. Depending on what you’re after, you can even use this as a sidegrade or crossgrade option for the full LA-2A collection, the UAD Essentials bundle, or the UAD Mix Bundle.
This promotion is running for a limited time, or so they say. You might grab it since it plays nicely on Windows and Mac. It runs like an absolute champ on Apple Silicon as well.
For more discounts and freebies, check out our Black Friday deals page.
Download: LA-2A Tube Compressor (FREE)