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 CLA Classic Compressors by Waves is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for Windows and Mac OS X. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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CLA Classic Compressors is a collaboration between Waves and Chris Lord-Alge that brings you models of four compressors considered true classics by audio engineers the world over: CLA-2A, CLA-3A, CLA-76 Blacky and CLA-76 Bluey.

Over the course of a career spanning almost three decades, Chris Lord-Alge has worked alongside artists including Green Day, U2, Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Brian Setzer, Peter Frampton, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, James Brown, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and many others.

CLA-2A - Compressor / Limiter
Modeled on the legendary electro-optical tube compressor, the CLA-2A emulates the original's smooth, frequency-dependent behaviors that have made it a favorite of engineers everywhere. Like the mid-'60s classic, the CLA-2A sounds great on guitars and bass, and really shines on vocals, according to Waves. It's topped off with Chris Lord-Alge's personal presets.

Features:

  • Compressor and Limiter modes.
  • Zero latency.
  • Sidechain frequency filter.
  • Up to 24-bit 192kHz resolution.
  • Mono and Stereo components.

Controls:

  • Gain 0 to 100.
  • Peak Reduction 0 to 100.
  • Compressor Mode Comp, Limiter.
  • HF Freq 0 to 100.
  • Analog Off, 50Hz, 60Hz.
  • VU Display Input, Gain Reduction, Output.

CLA-3A - Compressor / Limiter
Based on the early '70s solid-state unit known for its unique and highly transparent compression curve, the CLA-3A delivers the quick response and the subtle harmonic distortion for which the original is world-renowned. And just like the original, the CLA-3A is the bomb on bass, as well as on guitars and vocals, according to Waves.

Features:

  • Compressor and Limiter modes.
  • Zero latency.
  • Sidechain frequency filter.
  • Up to 24-bit 192kHz resolution.
  • Mono and Stereo components.

Controls:

  • Gain 0 to 10.
  • Peak Reduction 0 to 10.
  • Compressor Mode Comp, Limiter.
  • HF Freq 0 to 100.
  • Analog Off, 50Hz, 60Hz.
  • VU Display Input, Gain Reduction, Output.

CLA-76 Blacky & Bluey - Compressors / Limiters
Inspired by two highly-desirable revisions of the famed mid-60s Class A line level limiting amplifier, both versions of the CLA-76 ("Blacky" and "Bluey") offer the superfast attack (as quick as 50 microseconds) that made the originals studio legends. With an exclusive "ALL" control that recreates the original's explosive "All-Ratio-Buttons-In" mode, plus modeled pre-amp distortion for that extra edge, the CLA-76 delivers some of the most powerful drum sounds imaginable (according to Waves, natch).

Features:

  • Superfast attack.
  • Exclusive ALL control.
  • Pre-amp distortion modeling.
  • Zero latency.
  • Up to 24-bit 192kHz resolution.
  • Mono and Stereo components.

Controls:

  • Input Inf to 0.
  • Output Inf to 0.
  • Attack 1 to 7 (1 millisecond to 50 microseconds).
  • Release 1 to 7 (1 second to 50 milliseconds).
  • Ratio 4:1, 8:1, 12:1, 20:1, ALL.
  • Comp Off Comp On, Comp Off.
  • Analog Off, 50Hz, 60Hz.
  • VU Display Input, Gain Reduction, Output.

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CLA Classic Compressors

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9 April 2014 at 10:05pmposhook

Have you ever tried McDSP 6030 Compressor LA2A emulation? It is much smoother. By the way LA2A on master bus is too slow for most of situations in rock, pop mixes.

10 April 2014 at 1:27amMadAnthony81

No I haven't tried McDSP, but I have heard some of it. I don't like it's smoothness. Sounds more macintoshy. I like the Waves la2a, to me its everything I heard on the radio with the la3a prior to the mid 90's. Sounds radio and authenticly genuine. Chris Lord "LORD of the mix" uses them I believe. He the best! HE say's all the best of the best analog la2a's hes used have been combined to make one awesome VST. To me it was worth my 100 dollars to say the least. I feel I have a precious diamond. Like Jesus.

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