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Stam Audio SA4000+

Stam Audio SA4000+

4.5 4.5 out of 5, based on 11 Reviews

SSL-type bus compressor by Stam Audio


15th August 2017

Stam Audio SA4000+ by IzzyRock

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000+

Last week I had the chance to test the SA400+ at my studio. I have own the SA4000 for almost 2 years and was quite interested in hearing what differences it could bring to the table. The mod which is quite popular in other units adds 2 Carnhill output transformers to the signal chain with a class AB output buffer.

I passed some drums through the unit with the mod engaged and all though it was subtle it was obvious what it did to the mix (in a good way), it added deepness, sub harmonics and low end, this is probably all coming from the transformers which is like the low end you can find on the 1073 units and these frequencies are hard to emulate with EQ. I also tested the mod with a full pop mix and the results were the same as with Drums, I really appreciate what it brings to the table and although I was already happy with the standard SA4000 I would certainly choose to have both options, is not only nice to have at the ease of a toggle switch but it also gets me closer to the final mix.

I think I will leave the switch on all the time for future mixes.

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2nd December 2017

Stam Audio SA4000+ by Limit54

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Stam Audio SA4000+

Jesus Christ it's that damn good. I wish it had a frequency knob for sidechain filter but that's about it. I tried it against my favourite plugin The Glue and this thing beats it like 10-1, which I personally didn't want it to. I was expecting no big deal maybe a little better but holy ******* s hit its incredible.

13th March 2018

Stam Audio SA4000+ by jordanvoth

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000+

Have to give it a perfect score. Sounds exactly like what you'd expect, easy to use and priced very well. I have two of them. If you're using the plugin version of this all the time the hardware version will be just a little sweeter sounding. Very worth the price of admission if you're going to use it on entire mixes or groups. Yes there's a wait time, I think Josh has done everything one would expect in dealing with wait times. Just know there's a wait going in and it's no big deal.

14th March 2018

Stam Audio SA4000+ by JSchlomo

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000+

Bought it used as the offer was too good. This thing sounds really good. Never used a grey 384, but several new SSLs and the Stam stands tall and proud. I realized it had an issue with the detector circuit and got it repaired by the European tech in France with Joshua paying. Now it's running perfect. What sets this apart the most from software is the low end. It just gets solidified and glued together and is kept in place beautifully. The trannies are subtle, but definitely a "betterizer". A keeper for sure.

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7th January 2020

Stam Audio SA4000+ by jml designs

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000+

I will say while this is the best clone to the real SSL 4000 (which I've used extensively), the insanity I went through with Stam Audio was not worth the trouble. Took over a year to finally get it delivered and was threatened multiple times by his staff that they were going to cancel my order. What a nightmare. Buy one used if you're going to get one. However, if you want to know what they sound like just read the reviews of the SSL 4000, it's pretty much the same. The new MKII offers some added transformer features I wish I had but I still use my SA4000 on everything especially mix buss duties and drums. Great on synth and keys too! Clean and uncolored like an SSL should be!

 
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