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Project Comp-3A Compressor

This reboot of a classic Teletronix solid-state compressor from 1969 has John Pickford basking in its vintage warmth…


We seem to be living in a golden age for high-quality, inexpensive hardware. Never before have there been so many classic designs delivering professional performance at prices that would have once bought you only mediocre, home-studio kit. Bo Medin, head honcho at Golden Age Project, is not only passionate about classic audio designs, but also committed to making those designs affordable for pro studios and home recordists alike.

We were most impressed with his Neve-styled microphone preamplifiers, having worked with both the PREQ-73, a mic-pre with high- and low-shelving EQ based on the legendary 1073 design, and its more basic brother, the PRE-73 Jr. Now, Bo has turned his attention to another classic vintage design, the LA-3A Classic Audio Leveler. Originally launched in 1969 by Teletronix, the solid-state LA-3A was a replacement for the valve-driven LA-2A, which some consider to be the greatest compressor of all time. Golden Age Project told us it will soon be offering its own version of that highly revered valve unit – we eagerly await the opportunity to hear it.

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