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The Real Sound of Vari-Mu Tube

Compression at Your Fingertips

Just like its popular vintage inspirations, the Gates Sta-Level, UA 175B, RCA BA-6A and Collins 26U, the results are a sound that cannot be replicated with any other method of gain reduction.

The Locomotive Audio 14B delivers!

TRANSFORMERS

Super premium 

MuMetal shielded 

input and interstage transformers

SPEED & TONE

Fast UA 175B attack meets smooth Gates Sta-Level Output

LOW CUT FILTER

Adjust & cut the low frequencies that trigger compression

STEREO LINK

Use the 14B aggressively on your stereo room mics and overheads or gently on your mix bus

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Select Your Build Type

The Locomotive Audio 14B Compressor is now available in two build options:

14B-HW

ORIGINAL HANDWIRED

Authentic to the design aesthetic of classic vintage vari-mu and optical compressors of the 1940s − 1960s, the Locomotive Audio 14B-HW (Handwired) is built with the same labor intensive care and attention to detail. Every wire and component is selected and soldered by hand, ensuring each unit is special. Adding this artistic centerpiece to your rack is truly inspiring.

$3,199

14B-PCB

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD

Smart layout design gives the Locomotive Audio 14B-PCB (Printed Circuit Board) version the same superior sonic result as the Handwired version, but instead, with a more efficient build process. Using the same components and audio path as the Handwired version, the resulting specifications and performance are identical. We are happy to finally offer this lower cost option.

$1,999

Currently out of stock and will be available in Mid-July

Units are built to order and typically ship within 7-10 business days of order.

For purchases outside of the United States, please see our International Dealer List or Contact us if you don't have a dealer in your country.

 

LIFETIME WARRANTY

As an audio engineer, we know you want to use the best tools to shape your sound. And if you are going to spend money on gear, you deserve hardware that's always in tip-top shape. You shouldn't have to worry about when something goes wrong. Rest assured, we guarantee the gear we build by backing it with a lifetime warranty.

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14B Tape Op Review

“The 14B had a silky smoothness that made us all start high-fiving one another. I can honestly say the 14B saved the album.”

14B Sound On Sound Review

“If I were granted a wish to improve the hardware design of the 14B I’d leave it exactly as it is!”

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