Stam Audio SA76 ADF by BennyDigitale
Before I get into any of the technical stuff I’ll mention that this is not my first piece of Stam gear. I also own an SA-4000+ and have been incredibly happy with it. Next I’ll address the time it took to get the unit. I ordered the SA-76 ADF the day it was mentioned in May 2018. I was aware that it would be a bit of a wait but didn’t expect it to take 2 years. HOWEVER, I can tell you that it was worth the wait! The amount of detail that went into making this unit a true duplicate of the 1176 Rev A, D, and F really shows.
Aesthetically the unit is beautiful! Easy to read knobs, buttons, and meter. The ratios of 2, 4, 8, 20 have a big range of uses but the added 2 is a big plus. When looking at the attack, you get the standard range BUT if you pull the knob you get the added Super Slow Attack!
First test I ran was on male vocals. Using various settings on ratios and attack/release times this is what I found. Rev A was bit on the warm side. Rev D was a crisper sound while Rev F was a nice balance of both! After many different listens I favored the F with the D coming in second on these particular vocals.
Next I tested the unit on a drum bus. What I found here was that Rev A seems to tame the lows a bit a bit while letting the snare really snap! Nice warm sound to it. The Rev D was a brighter and fave you really crisp shots. Love the Rev D on this particular drum bus! Rev F was once again a very nice balance of warmth and brightness with a very clean sound. Different situations will call for different Revisions but it’s all there!!
Overall, I find that the ADF will get a wide variety of uses for me and look forward to lots of years to play with this amazing piece of equipment! Thanks Stam Audio!