CLASSIC COMPRESSION. BREAKTHROUGH PRICE.
The Stam Audio SA-23A fuses two faithful replicas of essential classic compressors into one hardware unit. For the first time, the unique compression characteristics of the famous 1968 Teletronix LA-2A and LA-3A can be obtained in a single unit.
We were highly praised for our exact individual replicas of both units, the SA-2A and SA-3A compressors. Customers around the world were finally able to access the renowned tone of the LA-2A, commonly used on bass and vocals, or the smooth mid-range of the LA-3A on guitars, or its unique transient response on drums. All at a price point that greatly opened up accessibility to these types of units.
At Stam Audio, part of what we believe in is moving our designs forward and producing the best possible product. However, if we measure success in being sonically identical to vintage units first produced in the 1960’s and 1970’s, how can we improve upon their designs?
Our answer was to retain the sound and function of the classic units, and to innovate the accessibility to both. We decided to make one unit that contained both compressors, selectable by a two-way switch. Each would retain its own independent circuit and the very same transformers used on the SA-2A and SA-3A. One unit, one price, two industry standard compressors.
Making this design into a reality was no easy task. We had two main challenges to overcome. Firstly, each compressor had to sound 100% identical to the original unit, respecting the original signal path and schematic. Whilst technology has moved on a long way since the 1960s, it is the unique characteristics of the components in the original units that produced the sound that we all now associate with professional music production.
Sourcing these components or identical alternatives is a big part of what makes Stam products superior to other replicas. Secondly, the unit had to have the distinctive appearance of an original Teletronix compressor. In order to achieve this whilst adding the switching functionality, we removed the +4 and +10 metering options, leaving the VU meter in standard Gain Reduction mode.
This allowed us to utilize the original switches to select between the SA-2A and SA-3A circuits. We also used several relays to ensure that when switching from one version to the other, the transition is seamless.
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