Bit by bit, I try to collect analogue outboard gear for my project studio that might evolve into a bigger studio over time. I love to work in-the-box with plugins and appreciate the flexibility and comfort that come with it. Nevertheless, I love analogue gear and its unbeatable character and the often slightly different behaviour, especially with extreme settings. I like to combine both worlds, the digital and the analogue one, and set up a hybrid studio environment. This time, we have a look at my brand-new SA-76ADG, an 1176 compressor manufactured by Stam Audio in Chile, that combines the revisions A, D and G in one single unit. A great concept and a real game changer!
Stam Audio SA-76AD
The SA-76ADG FET compressor is a replica of the classic compressor from 1966 that provides you with three detailed models of three of the most appraised revisions. Three completely independent 1176 compressors known for their energy, presence and ultra-fast attack time in one unit at the touch of a switch. You get the aggressive revision A "Bluestripe" initially designed by Bill Putnam, the magical revision D (low-noise circuitry) and the super clean revision G. Back in the days, the input transformer of the revision G was replaced with a differential amplifier.
It is essential to note that all three revisions are three independently running 1176 compressors with their PCB and circuit - that way the original schematics and sound can be obtained. The massive benefit of the product is that it all fits in one unit and saves you a noticeable amount of rack space compared to three separate 1176 units with own chassis. The entire unit only consists of premium components such as Sowter input transformer, Cinemag output transformers, Vishay capacitors and NOS carbon resistors and is assembled by hand in Chile.
The unit comes with ultra-fast attack time (20 microseconds to 800 microseconds) and an adjustable release time of 50 microseconds to 1,1 seconds. It has XLR and TRS inputs and outputs. The unit also supports the legendary "all-button" or "British" mode for that the 1176s are famous for - heard on hard rock drum kits in the early 1970s.
I am quite happy with the build and sound quality of my SA-76ADG. For sure, it will be an often-used tool in my daily routine in the studio. It is an affordable replica of the Universal Audio (originally UREI) 1176 compressor. You get three revisions for a fraction of the price of one original revision without missing build and sound quality. What are you waiting for? ;)
Stam Audio SA-76ADG
Stock price: $890
Pre-order price: $790 (you need to deposit $200 per unit to reserve one)
You will find the expected next batches and time estimates on the Stam Audio website. Go to the SA-76AGD's product page here.