SA-2A+ – Analog Tube Optical Compressor

Tube-Driven Electro-Optical Compression & Limiting

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(1 customer review)

$1,190.00 $1,090.00

The SA-2A+ is identical to its predecessor but adds a second T4B option with a faster release, the pre-emphasis pot on the faceplate, the original VU meter and a 3U faceplate with the original knobs.

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Classic optical compression with an even faster release

The SA-2A earned its reputation of being the closest sounding replica in the market to an original 1960’s LA-2A. With many companies coming out with an affordable LA-2A clone we decided it was time to step up our game and take it to the next level. While we were proud of the first SA-2A and still think they are great sounding machines, we knew there was something missing aesthetically and that we could add functionality without changing our original replica. The SA-2A+ is identical to its predecessor but adds a second T4B option with a faster release, the pre-emphasis pot on the faceplate, the original VU meter and a 3U faceplate with the original knobs.

 

The SA-2A+ is built with premium components

We have gone to great length to faithfully reproduce the compression characteristics and tonality of the original. It features a Sowter input transformer (UTC A-10 replica) and a custom Altran output transformer that precisely match the ratios and frequency response of the original UTC transformers as well as an increased level handling capacity. The NOS 6AQ5 tube used in the SA-2A+ surpass the compression capability of any other replacement used by mass production manufacturers. We have made no compromise in parts which ensures you are getting the best sounding compression possible. All our units are hand made and calibrated in our workshop in Chile where they get a full health check twice and burn for 24 hours.

 

Cure Digititis

While plugins have come a long way and are incredibly useful, there’s a reason the top engineers still have analog gear in their racks.
To give your recordings the warmth, depth and power you hear in all your favorite recordings, you need hardware. The SA-2A+ gives you all these things in spades. Stunning on vocals. Amazing on bass. In fact, most things will sound better by just running them through the SA-2A+ circuitry without even compressing!

 

100% satisfaction guarantee – if you don’t love your SA-2A+, we’ll refund you

If you’ve used an original LA-2A before, we’re extremely confident the SA-2A+ will put a big smile on your face every time you use it.

However if you’ve never touched the original before, as gear lovers ourselves we understand that the only way to really know if this compressor is right for you, is to put it through it’s paces. That’s why the SA-2A+ comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. This allows you to get it into your rack and see how it impacts your recordings. If you love it (and we think you will!), great…keep the unit and create amazing music with it. If not, no problems.

Just send it back to us and we’ll fully refund your purchase. And don’t worry, either way you decide to go we will remain friends.

Technical Specs

  • True to the original LA-2A
  • 12AX7, 12BH7 and 6AQ5 tubes
  • Sowter input transformer
  • Altran output transformer
  • Two T4B optical attenuator (fast and slow)
  • Premium Ohmite NOS carbon resistors as original
  • Premium Vishay/Phillips capacitors as original
  • Less than 0.5% THD
  • XLR input
  • XLR output
  • Stereo Link
  • Voltage switch selector (115V or 230V)
  • Internal toroidal transformer
  • Final assembly by hand in Chile
  • 2-year warranty
  • 30-day money back guarantee

1 review for SA-2A+ – Analog Tube Optical Compressor

  1. Sean

    SA-2A

    The original SA-2A was my first Stam Audio purchase, I was looking to add some outboard to my recording chain in order to improve the signal going into the DAW whilst tracking, rather than using plug-ins after the A/D conversion.

    Being based in the UK, I was nervous ordering having only read a few reviews and comments on web forums, But I spoke with Joshua on the phone and was lucky enough to be able to order a rare ‘in-stock’ unit.

    It arrived promptly, and incredibly well packaged. I did have to pay UK customs charges on it which was a drag, but even so it was still a bargain, the build quality is exceptional.

    Without doubt no other single piece of equipment has had such a noticeable effect on my recordings. It was a night and day difference. I honestly couldn’t believe the improvement. Vocal tracks now sounded much smoother and thicker, bass tracks just locked in place and sounded richer and warmer. In fact I haven’t found a single instrument that doesn’t benefit from being run through the unit.

    And it is just so damn enjoyable to use.

    My only problem now is that I liked it so much that I also ordered the SA-76-Rev-A, so now I have to decide which one to use as they both sound exceptional, of course when appropriate my favourite setting is to use them both in sequence!

    I can only imagine that the SA-2A+ is going to please anyone who orders it. Having the extra options will be a great benefit, although I like the limitations of having just the two controls (plus the toggle) on the original model.

    If you are considering a purchase, I say just do it. may take a while to arrive but once you start using it you will be smiling every time.

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