The Stam Audio SA-9000 is a faithful four-channel replica of the preamp section found on the iconic British made 9000 series consoles. Having made consoles for decades that became legendary not only for their sound but for their improved workflow, the 9000 series exhibited a marked difference in terms of internal topology. Whereas other eras had their go-to consoles, the 90’s had the 9000 series. The upshot of this was that the preamp section became known for its incredible clean sound. Whereas sometimes the intention can be to obtain some mojo in a preamp, many sources require a level of clarity that the 9000 could impart. It is a fast, clean and ultra linear preamp that captures the source with incredible transparency that never sounds dull at the source. This meant that the 9000 series not only performed well in a popular music context, but also became a standard for film scoring and capturing orchestral performances. It also became synonymous with R&B and hip hop, thanks in part to its solid low end. The Stam Audio SA-9000 incorporates four of these ultra-detailed discrete preamps into a single 1U rack enclosure. They are built with a transformer-less design, incorporating Elma Silmic capacitors, widely considered to be the finest capacitors in the world. The applications for this unit are limitless, but they shine especially well on wind instruments and percussion, as well as with acoustic guitar and even drum overheads, where the detail, crispness and intimacy is captured beautifully. As the first stage in your signal path for making great recordings, the SA-9000 will ensure that, no matter how much processing comes afterwards, the source sound remains fantastic. Each channel has a dedicated gain and trim control, as well as switches for 48V phantom power, polarity switching and a hi-impedance switch. Their front of the unit features a direct input.
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