Stam Audio has a very interesting offer for fans of the fabled UREI 1176 FET compressor. The new SA-76ADG packs the circuits of all three hardware revisions, respecting their tonal and component differences, in a single unit that’s priced as low as USD 700. That’s a fraction of the price of one original unit, and in practical terms, you get three.
To fit all the controls in a sensible arrangement, Stam Audio removed the +4 and +10 metering options, leaving the VU meter in Gain Reduction mode. The original switches on the right are now used for flipping between revisions, which is said to happen seamlessly. The ratio controls are still there, as expected.
The unit features a replica of the Sowter input transformer and a CineMag output transformer as well as Vishay capacitors, NOS carbon resistors, and the right output transistors as used in the D and A revisions. All machines are calibrated in Stam Audio’s Chile workshop, where they also get a 24-hour burn-in.
More information is available at the Stam Audio website. Recently, the brand released an affordable replica of the NEVE 1073 EQ as well. While you are at it, check out UK Sound’s 1176 clones. They are also priced rather modestly.