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Stam Audio SA4000 MK2
4.95 4.95 out of 5, based on 8 Reviews

Introducing the new stam audio SA 4000 MK2 Analogue VCA stereo buss compressor featuring Treshhold, Ratio, Attak, Release, Makeup, HPF and mix blend with optional API or NEVE modifications.


21st November 2019

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by roots

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

In a world of so many SSL 4000 clones its not an easy task to choose wich one to invest in. I chose to go with the stam audio SA 4000 MK2 VCA stereo buss compressor
I purchased the mk1 in 2017 and was very happy with it but always felt it could have been even better fitted with a HPF, Low and behold they did just that and what’s more they added a mix blend knob.

This is a very versatile VCA compressor with smooth characteristics, it can be used in all studio applications, to sweeten vocals or sit on your 2 buss and add glue on your mix wich is where the HPF kicks in to hold the high without pumping the low end. The mix blend feature serves to feed just the right amount of effect you need between wet and dry (parallel compression), it’s a good candidate to feature in any mastering chain.

This unit can be purchased with or without API or neve transformer mods, I purchased mine without but will certainly be upgrading very soon. After doing several test I conclude that this compressor is a work of art and excellent value at $790 preorder and $890 stock price $200 dollars for the mod version. Stam, your on to a winner here.

Last edited by roots; 21st November 2019 at 12:26 PM..

  • 5
25th November 2019

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by nuendo222

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

Josh and his team were awesome. I ordered my unit on Wednesday and it shipped the following Tuesday. They were also very kind and informative when I had questions. My SA4000 arrived and it took me a couple days before I had time to get it in my rack. But Holy Crap I used it tracking a drum room pair with it, i now see why people love these units.. Cant wait to strap it on my mix bus!!!
Great People, Great Product!!
RC

12th January 2020

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by Vasily111

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

As a person, who mixes ITB all the time, I've always been concerned about how to deliver that magic hardware vibe of a good console and outboard gear in my records. The plugins in 2020 are very good, but something is still lacking when it comes to a good master buss compressor (I am a big fan of SSL-style comps). In the end, I came to an idea to buy a nice hardware compressor ...and in the end, it appeared to be working exactly as I hoped!

I decided to go with Stam Audio SA4000 MK2. Stam Audio is a nice company, which recreates vintage gear with a "no-compromises" approach, and at the same time maintains reasonable prices due to the fact, that the hand-made production is based in Chile. That sounded like a nice deal, and I pulled a trigger to pre-order my unit in April 2019. The production took a quite significant amount of time, over a year, till I received my unit. It's worth to mention, that they are getting much better with the build speed now, and through out the build process, they were constantly in touch regarding the status of my order.

I had some good expectations, but in reality, it appeared to be even better than I expected... what an awesome piece of gear it is! Glue and punch are two words, which would describe it the best. It also smoothes out that slightly harsh digital top end, which I always find annoying, but maintains the mix open and with great clarity. If you have a good mix, it gives you that lacking part to make it sound like a studio-produced record.

I've tried a bunch of software compressors, and the one I use quite often is bx_townhouse, which is an emulation of SSL-style master comp. While it worked okay, my Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 is of absolutely another level. Whatever plugin developers tell you on how accurate the soft is... it is simply not there yet.

Probably, close alternatives would be Smart Research C1 ($2.3), Smart Research C2 ($2.9K), and original SSL XLogic G ($3.5K). With the price below $1K, that fantastic build quality and authenticity of an original old SSL G, you can't go wrong with Stam Audio SA4000 MK2, it is simply an unbeatable option.

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5th May 2020

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by Mike Avenaim

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

I’ve been using this compressor for a couple of months now and I must say, I think it’s fantastic. It does exactly what I want from an SSL compressor. Super squashy or transparent is very easy to achieve and the added HPF frequencies are wonderful. I’ve mostly been using it on the drum bus and it really makes the drums snack and Jump out of the mix. It also sounds great on the 2 Bus or acoustic guitar bus. I highly recommend this to anyone trying to achieve the SSL compression in their mixes.

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13th July 2020

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by leshiy999

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

I got this device after waiting, like everyone else. I can say that this device sounds great on classical music. Very musical character. if you know how to use it correctly, then success will be 100 percent. Compared to any plug-ins and duende ssl, the SA4000 mk2 sounds expensive and convincing. Wait and you will be happy to work with this device. Thanks to Josh and his team.

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26th October 2020

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by evoltap

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

I finally got my SA-4000mkII with the Carnhill transformer mod after 2 years of waiting. I'm happy I have it now, but I don't think I'll be doing any more Stam pre-orders, but would happily buy stuff that's in stock. It just doesn't suit my style of purchasing and budgeting to wait that long.

For about 5 years leading up to receiving this unit, I was using a Chameleon 7720 that was modded by Revive Audio on my 2 bus. It was great, and very hifi and transparent. The Stam has way more mojo and fatness, even without the tranny engaged. I immediately ran some tones through it and looked at the FFT....you can see the harmonics that the DBX 202 VCA recreation add in, so that's definitely part of it. All other SSL style comps use THAT VCA's, so that's really what sets this comp apart from anything else on the market right now.

Build quality and knob/button feel are top notch. Visually it's great, as with all Stam's products (since they are mostly recreations of classic gear).

My only complaint and the reason I gave 4 stars on features, is the Mix Blend knob. It is additive and not gain compensated, so any amount of blend is always louder than 0% or 100%. This makes it impossible to A/B any blending. Also, the compressor engage button does not bypass the VCA, so any of the harmonics from the VCA will still be there....only if you take the mix blend knob to 0 do you get a true bypass (confirmed by test I mentioned above). However, this is a minor issue to me, and the sound of this thing makes up for that, especially at this price point.

17th March 2021

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by Fili_Filizzola

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

After 2 years waiting I finally got my Stam SA-4000 MK2 mod.

It sounds amazing. The low end harmonic coloring that's added with the neve mod is great. I really lie that it has a HPF and love the mix blend knob.

Amazing build and quality.

Haven't used it too much have really enjoyed it the times I've used it so far.

1 week ago

Stam Audio SA4000 MK2 by Dave57

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Stam Audio SA4000 MK2

I did order the STAM SA4000 MKII with the API mode a few weeks ago and received it very fast! I must of ordered the right gear at the right time
The compressor is just amazing! I compared it with the SSL 4000 Universal Audio PlugIn (not the legacy one, witch never sounded good). The compression is kind of comparable but the sound of the Stam compressor is clean and round and makes the music beautiful!

I have ordered more gear from Stam Audio. The price and quality is just amazing!! Joshua and the team at Stam Audio, please keep up the humanistic business philosophy and great work.

Dave Doran
Drums4Life Studio