The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
 Search Reviews   Search Gear Database  Search Gear for sale  Search Gearslutz Go Advanced
Stam Audio SA-76

Stam Audio SA-76

4.9 4.9 out of 5, based on 6 Reviews

Stam Audio version of the UREI 1176 limiting amplifier


14th December 2017

Stam Audio SA-76 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 SA-76

I’ve tried this compressor today at my studio on acoustics and vocals and my first impression was it cut through the mix without any effort.

The transients are very clear and in your face sounding, especially on acoustic guitars, much more defined that it’s digital counterpart by Slate Digital.

Vocals sounded smooth and controlled, with that pleasing mid range vintage 1176s are famous for.

Also, construction is rock solid and I loved the knobs with the stepped pots.

I absolutely recommend this compressor. With its price tag it’s a no brainer.

  • 2
15th March 2018

Stam Audio SA-76 by [email protected]

  • 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 SA-76

Ok... i was going to wait until next week when i'd have used my new SA76 more to post about it... but actually i just wanted to post how great it sounds!

After recording one artist through it today, with and without the SA76 ,on her voice, the SA76 is very CLASSY sounding indeed ....I love this compressor - and worth the wait. Its just what i hoped it would be.

It has the 1176 compression thing going on for sure , clamping down this raw female vocal today in a really musical way, and the overalll sound is warm & smooth but still with the air....or sheen that 1176's are known for but the whole unit isn't as bright as the Rev D versions. And it adds that mid bump in the sound too, which we all know is like the original Blue stripe. (It also doesn't have the hiss i heard on the other Blue stripes.)

But to be clear, I don't have a real vintage 1176 blue stripe to compare it too here. But after hearing two vintage Blue Stripes at other studios over the years, i always wanted that 'sound' that they do. I am really chuffed to now have in my pallet of tone shapers / compressors , this Blue 1176 sound now here in my studio!

Also the build quality is sturdy and well made - looks great too!

So yes a wonderfully made box i'm really pleased.

Ian

Attached Thumbnails
Stam Audio SA-76-img_1774.jpg  
  • 2
3 weeks ago

Stam Audio SA-76 by RealHomeRecordn

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Stam Audio SA-76

Disclosure: Joshua from Stam Audio sent me the SA-76 for evaluation on my YouTube channel and allowed me to keep the unit. No currency or any other trade was given to write this review and I'm doing so voluntarily.

The UREI 1176 Revision A is one of the most coveted audio compressors in the world. Unfortunately a vintage unit will set you back at least $2,000 and possibly more than $10,000. That's IF you can find one on the used market.

I have zero experience with a real 1176 Rev. A (or any other revision, for that matter). so I will base this interview on the merits of the SA-76 alone.

First, the box is heavy. It's a mostly metal exterior with some weight on the inside. It does not feel or look cheap at all. It looks like a blue stripe 1176 except for the Stam Audio SA-76 badge underneath the meter.

On the back panel is 1/4" phone balanced ins/outs, an XLR-F input and an XLR-M output. Power-wise there's a 115V/230V switch and a fuse. A chassis ground is also provided for further protection.

The front has Input (which also acts as a threshold control), Output, Attack/Release, Ratio and Meter display buttons.

So, how does it sound? Excellent. It works very well on a variety of material.

I had read that old Revision A's had a lot of noise. The SA-76's noise floor is very low. I'm glad Stam didn't clone that "feature".

The SA-76 sounded excellent on vocals, drums, bass guitar and electric guitar. I wasn't a fan of it on piano/synths. It kept volume levels in check without making the track sound smaller like software compressors tend to do.

Here are videos of the SA-76 being put through its paces:









I also recorded an unboxing video, so you can see how the SA-76 is packaged from Chile:



Shipping was very fast from Stam's headquarters. I was not expecting it to arrive so quickly because the tracking information is on the slow side. Either way, it must have been sent via bullet train, LOL!

If you are used to 1176's you should know that the Attack/Release controls have been reversed. 7 is the slowest and 1 is the fastest on the SA76. Stam Audio says you can request to have them "the old incorrect way" before purchasing since after all everything is hand assembled.

Conclusion? If you want a compressor that sounds great on a lot of different instrument types, particularly vocals, drums, electric and bass guitar the SA-76 is a great choice. You have 30 days to try it out risk free so you'll only be out return shipping costs if you don't like it.

  • 1
3 weeks ago

Stam Audio SA-76 by Nu-tra

  • 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 SA-76

Over the years I’ve used many different 1176 compressors. From Rev A to D. I finally received a pair of Stam SA-76 and they sound wonderful. It has the color that is associated with the Rev A without the noise. I also feel that sound passing through it makes everything sound warm/ hairy and 3D in comparison to other Rev A and D’s I’ve used. It’s perfect for Rocknroll!!! The stepped pots are a nice touch! I wish there was a stereo link option but it’s not a big deal. I am very pleased!

Attached Thumbnails
Stam Audio SA-76-741ad447-cad8-4a86-aa13-d13ffd2568a1.jpg  
  • 1
1 week ago

Stam Audio SA-76 by Eberly

  • 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 SA-76

I agree with the reviews here & don't have much to add, I just felt compelled to say I'm really happy with the SA-76--it is a fantastic sounding unit that gives a top tier 1176 sound.

I'm not a huge fan of most FET compressors, but they do come in handy from time to time. As such, I have 6 "1176 style" compressors from various companies & price levels above & below the Stam. I am disappointed with a few of them as I feel they just suck the life out of most tracks. I saw Stam's price & decided to replace one of them--shall I say a well known, similarly priced unit.

Well, isn't that interesting. This SA-76 turned out to be my favorite at any price level. It really acts like an 1176 should--aggressive yet exciting and musical. Huge sound, mid heavy, and far better than the one I bought elsewhere for about the same price. I actually can't believe it costs what it costs. They could charge a lot more & people would still be happy.

1 week ago

Stam Audio SA-76 by Newk84

  • 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 SA-76

The SA-76 is the real deal! I've compared it to every UA 1176 plugin I own and it wins every time on every source. It has that mid forward aggressive sound that the Rev A is known and loved for. The knobs are solid and sturdy and feels like it will last forever. I especially love that input and output knobs are stepped for easy recall.

At this price point, the SA76 is a no brainer if you're in the market for an 1176.

 
  • Gear Database

  • By Gearbot
Loading mentioned products ... Stam Audio SA-76
Review Tools
Search this Review
Search this Review:

Advanced Search