CLA2 replacement

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levm38
KVRist
57 posts since 11 Feb, 2019

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:25 am

Hello

I am trying to follow this tutorial for vocal mixing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIcuVlOQ3SQ&t=2s

Arounnd 1.50 KSHMR starts usign a compressor, that I dont have, which one would you recommend me to replace that one, arent ableton compressors worth to do what he does with CLA2?

Thx

Local Man
KVRian
680 posts since 31 May, 2017

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:41 am

The CLA2A is a model of a famous optical compressor.
In Ableton look for a compressor with Optical or Opto in the name. There may also be an Opto or optical mode within a general purpose compressor or even a preset that gets you a little closer.
I don't use Ableton, maybe someone who does can give you better advice.

jochicago
KVRian
750 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:19 am

The only free LA2A I know of is SLAX. There are quite a few LA2As out there but paid ones.

Local Man
KVRian
680 posts since 31 May, 2017

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:27 am

I think the free Klanghelm stuff can you get you close even though they are not LA2A emulations. They can do a similar one knob thickening/smoothing kind of thing. Try MJUC Jr for example and see if it gets you the results you're after.

levm38
KVRist
57 posts since 11 Feb, 2019

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:49 am

Local Man wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:41 am
The CLA2A is a model of a famous optical compressor.
In Ableton look for a compressor with Optical or Opto in the name. There may also be an Opto or optical mode within a general purpose compressor or even a preset that gets you a little closer.
I don't use Ableton, maybe someone who does can give you better advice.

What does la2a actually means?

Passing Bye
KVRian
902 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:55 am

Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

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Boone777
KVRian
793 posts since 8 Aug, 2011

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:28 am

Win 7, 64Bit, 16 Gig RAM, Intel i7 Quad 3.9, Reaper 5.965, Steinberg MR816x

jochicago
KVRian
750 posts since 26 Feb, 2018

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:15 pm

levm38 wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:49 am
What does la2a actually means?
It's a particular unit from the 1960s that has stood the test of time because it sounds great and is very easy to dial in. It does a great job of leveling things in a smooth and transparent way. These days we can level things using tons of tools, but the LA2A remains an elegant and simple solution to level mid-speed things like vocals. Many plugin makers have created emulations.

If you are researching vocal compressors, here are other names that might come up
https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/best- ... rs-vocals/

heavymetalmixer
KVRist
491 posts since 8 Jan, 2017

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:57 pm

Another vote for S.L.A.X., Leveling tool and both Klanghelm free compressors. Also, there's TDR Kotelnikov, it's a clean compressor but it's "RMS half" can work like an Opto compressor.

jens
KVRAF
19710 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:37 pm


ENV1
KVRAF
2587 posts since 31 Aug, 2011

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:35 am

levm38 wrote: What does la2a actually means?
Some details about the original device, the Teletronix LA-1/LA-2 and its various revisions and re-issues.

(As you will see there wasnt just one, there were many different variants.)

https://vintageking.com/teletronix-la-2 ... or-limiter

mtelesha
KVRist
219 posts since 21 May, 2018

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:40 am

Going to suggest picking up Waves LA2 for $29. I find the waves compressors to be worth its space on drive and money. I hate music production protection schemes but for some reason Waves has not given me an issue.
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KVRian
902 posts since 5 Nov, 2014

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:59 am

Nvmnd
Googly Smythe wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:39 am
Somedays it seems like we're not allowed to dislike anything.

abi
KVRian
664 posts since 11 May, 2004 from cologne,germany

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:30 pm

i can recommend the ultimate channel strip from mcdsp, it‘s on sale at everyplugin.com. the plugin offers about 10 different compressors, two opto style ones among them, + eqs and distortion effects. if you only want some compressor options and save some cash, go with the ultimate compressor, which is also on sale at everyplugin.com. cheers!

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Mister Natural
KVRAF
2417 posts since 28 Oct, 2007 from michigan

Re: CLA2 replacement

Post Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:54 am

I'm still using CA-2A from Cakewalk - not sure if it's still avail ... https://www.kvraudio.com/product/ca-2a- ... lk/details
Also have this one : https://www.kvraudio.com/product/leveli ... udio-tools
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https://soundcloud.com/mrnatural-1/tracks

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