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Warm Audio WA-1B All-Tube Transformer-Balanced Optical Compressor

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Dynamic and Powerful - The Warm Audio WA-1B All-Tube Transformer-Balanced Optical Compressor

Delivering that revered “forgiving” musical compression with the added speed and control functionality, the WA-1B excels on highly dynamic sources that demand analog warmth.


  • Supports a variable threshold giving maximum control to the user regarding how much compression is applied to any signal at various input levels
  • Ratio is variable and has infinite controls between 2:1 and 10:1. From soft musical dynamic control all the way to hard-smashing compression
  • Attack/Release controls on the WA-1B are unique in that the attack/release operations can be switched from a fixed setting, manual (variable) setting, or a combined setting
  • Meter switch has three settings: input, compression, and output levels. Set to “input”, the VU meter is reading the level at the input connector
  • Bypass switch on the WA-1B activates or bypasses the compressor. This is a hard bypass, meaning no signal passes through the circuitry in bypass mode


SPECIFICATIONS

  • 12AX7 Tung-Sol & JJ 12AU7 tubes Frequency response @ -3 dB: 5 Hz to 25 kHz
  • Self-Noise: < -75 dBU @ 30 dB gain
  • CMRR: > 60 dB @ 10 kHz
  • Ratio: from 2:1 to 10:1
  • Variable Threshold: Off to -40 dBU
  • Continuously variable, fixed, or fixed/manual attack and release times
    • Fixed - Attack: 1 millisecond | Release: 50 milliseconds
    • Manual - Attack: .5 - 300 milliseconds | Release: .05 seconds - 10 seconds
    • Fixed/Man mode blends the release times of fixed and manual mode
  • Output Gain: Off to +30 dBU
  • Input Impedance: 600 Ω

Manufacturer: Warm Audio
Model: WA-1B
SKU: I756141-N-3-WHXA
UPC: 850031640238


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