to the Fairchild 670, the Teletronix LA-2A is argueably the most popular
compressor ever made. A case could also be made for the Urei 1176LN, as
well. The LA-2A is famous for adding silky smooth warmth to any audio signal.
It can take a harsh vocal or saxaphone signal and make it very musical.
It is also an excellent compressor for bass and many other instruments.
Many engineers and producers will even run a signal through it without using
any compression at all. In fact, a popular technique is to run an electric
guitar signal through the LA-2A and then through an 1176LN using very little
compression. The LA-2A adds warmth and smoothness, while the 1176LN adds
some sparkle and edge to the signal, and its pure Class A, 100% discrete
output amplifier provides a very wide and open sound. The LA-2A is extremely
easy to use. You have to be brain dead to not get a great sound out of it.
It's that user friendly !!