Summit TLA-50
Summit TLA-50
moosers 11/01/2009

Summit TLA-50 : moosers's user review


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The Summit TLA-50 is a single channel compressor that is semi-modeled after the classic LA-2A.  It has XLR and 1/4 inch connections for input and output as well as a 1/4 inch output for a side chain.  It is an analog piece of gear and is also rackable as it will take up two rack spaces.


The configuration of the Summit TLA-50 isn't hard to follow at all as this is just about as basic as a compressor as you can get.  It has knobs for gain and gain reduction and it has switches for attack, release, and for setting the meter.  This is all that there is to the TLA-50 and even those without any experience with compressors shouldn't have too much trouble understanding how to use this as long as you understand what a compressor does.  A manual definitely isn't necessary as this is easy enough to use on its own.


The sound of the Summit TLA-50 is quite good but of course isn't as great sounding as a LA-2A, but at the same time it will only cost you a fraction of the price.  I've had success using this with all sorts of instruments and voices, but vocals are probably the main thing that I run through this.  It has a wide sound that for whatever reason seems to work best with vocals.  Having the same amount of parameters that it does makes it easy enough to dial in a great sounding tone within a few minutes every time...


Overall, the Summit Audio TLA-50 is When comparing this to the LA-2A this obviously isn't going to sound as good, but when comparing it with other compressors in this price range, this is a great deal that is definitely worth trying out.  The price is quite reasonable for a great sounding compressor like this, but at the same time if I have access to an LA-2A I am always going to use that over this.  Whether you are a professional or a home studio owner, the Summit TLA-50 is a compressor that is a great deal for your dollar.