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With a lot of companies coming with an affordable Stereo Bus Compressor clone we decided it was time to step up our game and take it to the next level. While we were proud of the first SA-4000 units and still think they are great sounding machines we knew there was something missing and the best word to describe it was character. In 2018 we set out to build the best sounding bus compressor we could achieve and the only way to do that was to get closer to the original design. However, there was one problem, we had to bring back to life the DBX 202C VCA can, an obsolete, fully discrete and extremely time consuming piece of hardware that was the heart and soul of every early Oxford made desk, so we did. The SA-4000 Stereo Buss Compressor is the most authentic recreation of the bus compressor found in the center section of the legendary G Series Console. An overwhelming favorite among mix engineers, the G Comp has very likely shaped more hit records than any other over the past three decades. Strap it across your 2-bus and hear your mix get punchier, bigger, more powerful, and glued together with unmatched cohesiveness. The SA4000 Stereo Buss Compressor gives you the same famous character, compression behavior and frequency response as the original. And it does it at a fraction of the price. The SA-202C is an identical discrete reproduction of the original VCA used on every single desk from the 80’s, it imparts a unique coloration and harmonic distortion which led these desks to be recognized for two things, glue and character. Each Stam Audio SA-202C is built in the same old fashion as the original with a complex system to hand match the very same transistors and values. We have also upgraded the capacitors on the audio path and incorporated Ohmite carbon resistors to add more character to the unit. We auditioned 16 brands of capacitors to find the best sounding ones and Elna Silmic were by far the winners; they present a wider frequency response than any other brand. The ohmite carbon resistors were the icing on the cake, known for adding distortion and imparting coloration they were present in the early SSL construction and should not be avoided.

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Stam Audio - SA4000 MK2

...time consuming piece of hardware that was the heart and soul of every early SSL desk, so we did. The SA-4000 MK2 Stereo Buss Compressor is the most authentic recreation of the bus compressor found in the center section of the legendary SSL G Series Console. An overwhelming favorite among mix engineers, the SSL...

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Stam Audio - SA4000 MK2

...non transformer unit in October 2018 and haven't gotten it. I don't think anybody has gotten any form of the SA4000 mkII, and I think that review is bogus. I called Josh out (I think on this thread) when he linked to that review. I think he said something along the lines of maybe...

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Stam Audio - SA4000 MK2

I think you're right.

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