Luscious leveling. Tube topology. Sonic smoothness.
For half a century, pro studios have depended on the unique characteristics of this electro-optical,tube-based compressor/limiter to work its magic on all kinds of sources—particularly vocals.This is a compressor with character: a warm, lush, tube-driven sound that gift-wraps your audio beforegiving it to your listeners. Cakewalk has modeled not just the original hardware, but a unit that was chosenfor being the best of the best—and now it can be part of your ProChannel.
The CA-2A’s “brain” is the painstakingly modeled, optical-based T4 circuitry.This combines an electro-luminescent panel and photocell to control the attack and decay,giving results unlike compressors based on VCAs, FETs, or transconductance amplifiers.By responding naturally and organically to incoming audio, the T4 circuitry adapts itself to thecompression process in a way no other compressor has duplicated. What’s more, the CA-2A also allowsfor sidechaining.
If the T4 circuitry is the brain, then the CA-2A’s four tubes are its heart. Not only does the CA-2A model that legendary tube warmth, it also models how the tube circuitry subtly changes a signal’s harmonic structure based on the incoming audio’s level. The result is a rich, warm character that simply isn’t found in typical solid-state compressors.
Because the compression is almost more “mechanical” than electronic, the CA-2A has an essentially flat frequency response with transparent sound, and program-dependent attack and release times. What’s more, the gain reduction varies at different frequencies—a “happy accident” which is why this compressor excels at vocals. When you need a compressor/limiter with character, this has the character you want.
Tweak your sound with a simple, effective set of controls.
Limit/Compress switch: Chooses the dynamics control mode
R37 trimpot: Determines the high-frequency compression amount
Gain: Adjusts the output level after compression
Peak reduction: Sets the amount of dynamics control
Meter control: Determines what the metering represents
- Windows 7 (SP1)/8/10 [32/64-bit]
- VST 3, VST 2.4 host or any SONAR version with the ProChannel modular channel strip.
- Intel Core 2 Duo or newer processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 1280x800 minimum resolution
- 100 MB hard disk space required