Stam Audio SA4000

Hi all!

I recently received my Stam Audio SA4000, a replica of the famous SSL Stereo Bus Compressor.

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In order to get a feeling for what this comp can do I took my recent mix of Jokers, Jacks & Kings song Sea of Leaves and used the SA4000 on the main bus instead of the Waves API2500 that I originally used in that mix. Furthermore I did a comparison with some plugin emulations of the SSL Bus Comp, namely the Acustica Audio Sandbus4 as well as the Waves G-Buss Comp. All settings have been carefully matched and I specifically ensured that there are no differences in volume across the different mixes.

You can clearly hear that the SA4000 does something to the mix that probably only hardware can, although, one has to admit that the Acustica Audio Sandbus4 comes quite close to the hardware. It just lacks a little bit of that additional 3D quality.

Stam Audio SA4000 (Ratio 4:1, Attack: 30 ms, Release: 0.1s, GR: 2-3dB)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qwbt95xoopqoiid/Sea_of_Leaves_SA4000_Release-01.mp3?dl=0

Acustica Audio Sandbus4 (Ratio 4:1, Attack: 30 ms, Release: 0.1s, GR: 2-3dB)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79766823/Sea_of_Leaves_SANDBUS4_Release-01.mp3

Waves G-Buss Comp (Ratio 4:1, Attack: 30 ms, Release: 0.1s, GR: 2-3dB)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79766823/Sea_of_Leaves_Waves_G-Comp_Release-01.mp3

Stam Audio SA4000 (Ratio 4:1, Attack: 30 ms, Release: Auto, GR: 2-3dB)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79766823/Sea_of_Leaves_SA4000_Release-Auto.mp3

Acustica Audio Sandbus4 (Ratio 4:1, Attack: 30 ms, Release: Auto, GR: 2-3dB)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79766823/Sea_of_Leaves_SANDBUS4_Release-Auto.mp3

Waves G-Buss Comp (Ratio 4:1, Attack: 30 ms, Release: Auto, GR: 2-3dB)
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/79766823/Sea_of_Leaves_Waves_G-Comp_Release-Auto.mp3

If you are interested in a more in-depth discussion with further examples (in german) you can head over to the recording.de thread.

Meanwhile I will do some more comparisons of the SA4000 on different sources and will post further examples in an upcoming blog post.

All the best,
Markus

P.S.: Here are the links to Stam Audio and the used plugins.

Stam Audio SA4000
Acustica Audio Sand
Waves G-Master Buss Compressor

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