This classic compressor is all about gentle and natural sounding gain reduction. It effortlessly keeps your material's dynamics controlled without ever strangling the sound. Everything you put into the TLA-100A comes out the other end big and compact sounding.
The Summit Audio TL-100A works in a program dependent manner, meaning it does a lot of the thinking for you. It's tremendously easy to use and basically impossible to make it sound bad. It will however give you some soft and warm distortion if you drive it really hard. For ease of use, Softubes TLA-100A plug-in has a Saturation knob that the original unit lacks. This lets you blend in just the right amount of distortion to your signal.
The TLA-100A shows the same basic behavior on any type of material. Its transparency and strong but gentle grab of the sound source makes it a popular choice for placing vocals and bass just where they need to be in the mix. The TLA-100A is also well suited for tasks like softening a spiky acoustic guitar that demands too much attention, or providing some 'glue' on a drum buss or a full mix.
- Controls your audio dynamics with mild authority
- Easy to use
- Built-in parallel compression and detector filtering (Low Cut filter switchable to signal input)
- Each and every component carefully modeled
- Modeled output distortion, easily controlled with the Saturation knob
- Extremely analog behavior of frequencies, phase, distortion, attack, release, etc
- Softube makes the only Summit Audio plug-ins
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Summit Audio TLA-100A Sound Examples
All sound examples have been made with the factory presets.Summit Audio TLA-100A Sound ExamplesAll sound examples have been made with the factory presets.
The most important one for me is the "Parallel Inject" control. This allows me to set compression levels higher than I normally would with the hardware unit, and mix back in a little of the direct signal to allow some of the transients and air that give life to a lead vocal.
Mike Ging, Mixer/Engineer for Michael Jacksson, Jay-Z, Kanye West, P Diddy, etc.
Softube has outdone itself. The TLA-100A plug-in is a testament to what can be achieved in hardware modeling when attention is paid to the smallest details of design.
Zach McNees, Producer/Mixer/Engineer for Rob Thomas, Pixies, Liars, Alice Cooper, etc.
Overall I was extremely impressed with the Softube Summit Audio TLA-100A compressor; its flexibility and musicality are second to none. In a very short time it's become my first choice of compressors on vocals and acoustic guitars, and I loved the openness of the sound even when pushed harder than usual. Softube and Summit Audio have done an incredible job with this compressor, and its emulation, and I can only recommend it to anyone looking for a really great compressor that they can set and forget.
DV Magazine, Magazine
Softube has outdone itself. The TLA-100A plug-in is a testament to what can be achieved in hardware modeling when attention is paid to the smallest details of design. Simply put, if you'd reach for it in the rack, you can feel comfortable reaching for it in your plug-in list knowing that the rich and smooth TLA sound we've all come to love will deliver.
Sonic Scoop, Magazine
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