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Stam Audio StamChild SA-670

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670

5 5 out of 5, based on 6 Reviews


27th August 2019

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670 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 StamChild SA-670

I am a huge supporter for plugins, I have won the Slate competition for best mix with their tools and overall have been moving to an in the box setup with just having my Pultecs on the mixbus for that low end and sparkle. I don’t believe hardware is necessary these days as you can make great music and mixes with any tool and plugins are just much easier to use, recall and allows me to work faster.

I was one of the first engineers to use the StamChild as I live in Chile and have access to early prototypes and I can say that just passing my mixes through this beast without adding any compression made everything sound better. The amount of tubes and transformers brought so much excitement, harmonic distortion and overall subtle color that made things sound more elegant in a way I have heard many times from classic records.

The stereo width goes a little bit further also.

The build quality is phenomenal, knobs, VU meters, chassis, transformers and tubes, everything looks and sounds high end.

I have so far used the unit with very light compression as this texture is amazing but it is capable of more than 20dB of attitude.

  • 12
30th August 2019

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670 by audio911

  • 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 StamChild SA-670

In today’s world of instant gratification of buying something on the internet today and having it at your doorstep tomorrow morning, ordering a piece of audio gear made by Stam must seem crazy to 99.9% of people on Earth. When a new Stam product is announced, it’s usually a computer mock up and a circuit that's being designed by Joshua van der Stam in Chile, but if you’re one of the first to pre-order one, you’ll get a discount! Here’s where the big leap of faith and patience comes in. I took that leap a few years ago with the Stam Audio SA4000 compressor. I put down my $100USD via Paypal and rolled the dice on an unknown company on another continent with not much of a track record. If I never saw my money again, it was no big deal. I’ve purchased plugins for my DAW for five times as much, and to this day, I still never use them and now are not compatible with newer DAWs. Stam Audio was in its infancy, and a business model of getting down payments to source the parts and get them built was unheard of in the industry. Any problems, and there would be a lot of angry customers. The SA4000 took about 2 months to arrive, but when it did, I was very impressed by the build quality. After putting it into service, the sound was equally impressive. I purchased the SA4000 because I’ve only owned Neve consoles, loved the SSL master buss sound, but I didn’t want to dish out the big money for an SSL FX384 or a used SSL 4000 console.

Since I purchased the SA4000, Stam Audio has really ramped up the product line of classic design preamps, EQs, and compressors as well as microphones. I was pretty well stocked up in those departments at my facility, so I didn’t need to make another purchase until the BIG announcement came in 2018. The Holy Grail of compressors was being brought back to life. The Stamchild 670 stereo tube compressor was announced!!! I had the opportunity to purchase a Fairchild 670 in 1990 for whopping $10,000USD, but I thought a Lexicon 480L would be a better investment for my studio because I could rent the unit out to other facilities in the area and make some extra money when it wasn’t in use. Well, the 670 kept going up up up in resale value and the 480L kept going down down down. I guess a Fairchild 670 would never be in my budget in this lifetime, so I resorted to using plugins to get “that Fairchild sound”.

I took the leap of faith again after the BIG Stamchild 670 announcement and put down $500 on a pre-order. The Stam website listed a delivery time of 3 months which was not to too bad considering the SA4000 took two months to deliver. Following Stam Audio on social media became very difficult after putting down my deposit. Angry posts kept showing up about lack of delivery of products ordered months earlier and the Stamchild 670 release dates kept being delayed because of numerous things that were out of the control of Stam like sourced parts and custom transformers. With new products being announced just about every month, I started to rethink if the Stamchild 670 would ever become a reality. I reminded myself of the “Good, Fast, Cheap, pick any two” rule, so I subtracted “Fast” from the equation. Stam Audio gear it’s not going to be ordered online today and show up tomorrow like a 1-800-Sweet-Gear store, but it will be Good and Cheap (inexpensive). In fact, I know a guy that has been trying to make his own Fairchild clone for years at the cost of almost $10,000USD and it’s still not finished!

I put aside the idea that the Stamchild was going to show up by the end of 2018, and watched pictures of the test units on the bench over the next few months on the Stam Facebook page, and then I got an unexpected email from Stam with the subject line: Stamchild Invoice. I almost panicked! I was lulled into waiting so long that now I had to come up with the rest of the payment in order for it to ship. I made the payment and received an email from Stam with the DHL tracking number. I checked the DHL website every four hours to watch the progress from Chile to the United States and eventually got a text message from DHL alerting me that the unit was on the truck and would be delivered by the end of the day! The Stamchild 670 was delivered with a personal thank you for my patience for waiting so long. I opened up the double boxed unit, and there it was. Forty pounds of tube compression heaven! I couldn’t get it plugged in fast enough and hooked up to a sound source. Once I plugged it in and let it warm up (literally), the sound coming out of the Stamchild was better than the sound going in. Magical, yet almost transparent. It was doing it’s thing! I quickly played around with some of the input and gain reduction settings as well as the ratio presets and filters. Wow! I really loved the sound of the WET/DRY setting in the 7-8 position where you get a nice blend of the original signal and make up the wet signal by the front panel input gain. The final make up gain is set by the output knob, which never needed to go beyond half way. The unit offers the perfect amount of much wanted musical Total Harmonic Distortion to bring the sound to life. With eighteen vintage tubes, six custom transformers, and the retro vintage knobs, the Stamchild 670 is now the centerpiece of our outboard gear at Dirt Floor Recording and Production in the United States and it will be in daily use for years to come.

Joshua van der Stam is very ambitious, very detail oriented when it comes to his designs, and his passion for sound quality is a bit off the charts. In fact, he may be too ambitious. To say the wait time to get a unit delivered is long is an understatement, but when it arrives, you’ll know the sound quality is going to be outstanding. Stam products are a work of art and are not mass produced by robots. When your unit arrives, open up the lid (with the unit unplugged!) and take a look inside and you’ll see what I mean. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making high quality audio equipment and making the Stamchild 670 available to us Josh!

Steve Wytas

Chief Engineer

Dirt Floor Recording and Production

http://dirtfloorrecordingstudio.com/

  • 10
7th October 2019

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670 by FranciscoFrugoni

  • 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 StamChild SA-670

Fantastic piece of equipment!

I had the chance to use an original 670 Fairchild a couple of times and all I can say is that it captures its essence perfectly. The sound and compression are the same. What goes into the Stamchild, gets out sounding better, whether you are compressing or just passing the signal through.

Heavy as hell, as it’s supposed to be (20 tubes + 6 transformers), it shows the excellent construction quality of this unit. Knobs work wonderfully, the vintage looking Vumeters are great and respond as they should.

All I can say, one of the best investments in my studio!

5 stars!

  • 2
11th October 2019

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670 by moscozzi

  • 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 StamChild SA-670

I was first approached by Stam Audio late January 2019 with an offer of a “30% discount to an item of your choice from our catalogue”
Well that got my attention so I scootered around the site and landed on the StamChild SA-670 page. It looked so good and authentic.
I thought, if it sounded as good as it looked then it will be a great addition to my studio. Then I saw the price and to be honest, was a little skeptical as to how good it could be at such a reasonable price, however with the full refund (including shipping) satisfaction guarantee, I went for it. I paid the $500 deposit and was informed it will be around a 10 week delivery time.

Six months later(!) the unit finally arrived (serial number 16). My first impression was wow! This is a quality build, no corners cut. The workmanship inside the unit is equally impressive. I haven’t seen work like this since Pete Cornish hand built my pedal board in the late 80’s. Anyway, the real test was how it sounded and its usability. I tested it on vocals, instruments, 2 bus and mastering chain. I was blown away with how good it sounded. It did everything that was expected of it and more. The added mix/parallel control is a genius move. As an earlier user stated, between 7 & 8 seems to be a sweet spot for the blend. My next move was to compare it to some of the Fairchild plugins, and although the convenience of a plugin is a factor, there is just nothing that compares to an analogue sound going through 18 tubes.

In conclusion, Joshua Stam does top shelf work and stands by his gear. Yes the delivery delays were frustrating but a few hours into using the Stamchild the frustration just melted away. I, for one am going to order more of his products before word catches on and the price goes up.

Congrats Joshua on an outstanding build & I look forward to checking out more of your products.

Michael Cozzi
Owner Moscozzi Studio
http://www.moscozzistudio.com

  • 3
11th October 2019

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670 by Unheard Vision

  • 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 StamChild SA-670

I was very lucky to be one of the first 10 people to receive a StamChild. Unfortunately, I also had some very bad luck with my unit. One of the VU meters was getting stuck…and then I was getting a crackling noise in the right channel. However, Stam Audio was extremely professional and even offered to send me a brand new unit at no cost. I decided to let their east coast tech in the United States take a look at it. The designer of the StamChild even did a live video chat with the tech to guide him through fixing the issues. They sent over a new VU meter and were able to get my unit to perfect working order in a relatively quick amount of time.

This unit is absolutely outstanding!!! It’s a piece of art. And Josh personally followed up with me via email multiple times to ensure my unit is working properly and to make sure I am happy with the unit. No one ever wants to deal with a piece of analog gear that has bad luck…but Stam made me feel like I had nothing to worry about and was willing to make it right no matter what. That goes a long way for me. I also have an SA-87 microphone and a 1073EQ preamp (with Sowter transformer and line input). Both of those work without any issues…so I knew the StamChild was just a case of bad luck.

Now…let me talk about the way this baby sounds. I’ve only tested it out so far on an entire stereo mix…and drums…but in both cases my mind was absolutely blown. The amount of depth and width this unit adds is amazing. The mix was instantly glued together and the transients were tamed in a truly special way. Lows sounded more defined and tight. Mids shined thru without being too pokey. And the highs were tamed and rounded off with an almost tape-like saturation. Drums sounded punchier than ever…and gained a very natural sounding reverb-like effect.

I plan on using this for vocals, guitars, piano, synths…pretty much anything and everything. Just running a signal thru the StamChild without any compression still adds something special. This unit will forever be the centerpiece of my studio…and I have some amazing pieces of gear (Neve Portico II Master Buss Processor, Louder than Liftoff Silver Bullet, Audioscape Buss Comp, etc).

Thank you, Josh…and the entire Stam Audio team for building such a special piece of gear and for making sure I was taken care of.

  • 5
2 weeks ago

Stam Audio StamChild SA-670 by mixo

  • 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 StamChild SA-670

Stam Audio is a company from Chile, that recreates classic audio gear and in my experience their gear is as close as you can get to the originals. I already own 2 SA 3A's and a SA47. I also own 2 recapped Urei La 3's and a Neumann U48. When I compare my classics to the Stam gear the Stam's hold up great! They are well made with good parts, sound amazing ,and you can't beat the price. Their business model is you send in a deposit and then wait for the unit to be built. ( more on that later)

I received my Stamchild 670 about a month ago and I absolutely love it! I've used it on mixes as a buss compressor as well as recording vocals, bass, guitars (acoustic and electric),mandolin, and piano so far. The more I use it the more I absolutely love it. I have a well appointed rack of outboard compressor/limiters and the Stamchild is my favorite. Joshua added a mid range filter and a dry/wet control which are both very useful. This thing rules and would be welcome in any studio.

The only negative about Stam is their constant problems with late deliveries. Whatever they tell you when you order add 6-12 months to it and you'll have a more realistic date as to when it will arrive at your door. It's a shame because I think Stam should be the toast of the audio world but the very late deliveries discourage people from ordering. For instance I ordered my Stamchild in June 2018 and was told it would be shipped in Oct 2018. It arrived at my door at the end of Sept 2019.

Despite the late deliveries I highly recommend Stam Audio products to anyone. If you are cool with waiting 12-18 months you will not be disappointed at all when you start recording with these babies! I now am waiting for 4 more Stam products.

Sound A++
Quality of build and parts used A++
Cost A++
Delivery F-

BUY STAM!

Don Sternecker
Mix-O-Lydian Recording Studio
Delaware Water Gap,PA
USA

  • 3
 
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