Hello Everyone,

We are very happy to introduce the SA4000 MK2 to the forum, the first SSL bus compressor replica in the world to utilize an exact recreation of the original and fully discrete DBX 202XC VCA gold cans.

With a lot of companies coming out with affordable SSL stereo bus compressors clones we decided it was time to step up our game and take it to the next level. While we were proud of the first SA4000 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 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 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 SSL 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.

We also took this opportunity to perform several upgrades to the original SA4000 and added features which I will list below

True stereo side chain
Mid Blend knob
HPF (5 selecting frequencies)
New ratio configuration (1.5 and 3.0 ratios added)
Transformers switch for eventual MOD

The “NEVE” and “API” mod

The “Neve” mod adds a BV283 card (the output section of the 1073 preamp) as a Class A output buffer with 2 Carnhill transformers to the signal making it the perfect way to add low end and effortlessly warm up a mix.

The “API” mod adds two SA-2520 opamps (an exact replica of the original 2520 op amp) with 2 Cinemag CM-3301 transformers to the signal making it the perfect way to add mid-range to your drum buss giving you the famous API sound.

Due to space constraints inside only one MOD can be selected

Each MOD is only 200 USD. Includes all parts and labor.

Stock price: $699.00
Pre order price: $599.00
Previous SA4000 owners and first 100 to reserve: $499.00