If you loved the Stamchild 670 MK1 you will love The StamChild SA-670 MK2 even more.
Our take on the most iconic and finest sounding tube compressor in history, the Fairchild 670.
Recreating the finest sounding stereo tube compressor in history
While developing this project we had two main objectives: first and foremost, the audio path had to remain as close as possible to the original units and secondly the compression curve had to be identical to the original. With this in mind we developed a few upgrades and carefully tested each component and its interaction with the circuit.
After many months of research and test we determined there was a way, and so the StamChild SA-670 MK2 was born.
With the aid of 8 premium transformer reproductions made by AMI in the US and Brian Sowter in the UK and the use of 18 Tubes we have managed to make this unit virtually indistinguishable to the original.
The StamChild SA-670 MK2 also uses a German made chassis and faceplate, as well as the historically correct VU meter, Knobs, and Neutrik XLR connectors.
To reduce the cost of manufacturing these units we have made some modern implementations which do not affect the audio path. We have changed the tube-based power supply to a solid state one, which has no bearing on the sound.
We also changed the control amp to a hybrid setup, while maintaining the Tube character, Control Amp Input Transformers and 2 extra Tubes to not only match the amplifier but also the compression curves and add DC Threshold Control.
With these measures we are able to bring the cost down while preserving the original tone, without touching the audio path, and without removing the character produced by the transformers and tube on the control amp.
100% satisfaction guarantee – if you don’t love your StamChild SA-670 MK2, we’ll refund you
If you’ve used an original Fairchild before, we’re extremely confident the StamChild SA-670 MK2 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 for you, is to put it through its paces. That’s why the StamChild SA-670 MK2 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.
Fully Stepped Mastering Version is available per request.
Alejandro Sanchez –
Alta máquina, una verdadera bestia! En mi opinión no hay mejor manera de describirla. Es una máquina viva, en el buen sentido de la palabra, te exige que escuches atentamente, que sientas como interactúa con tu música, tienen un tremendo sonido, es dificil encontrar la palabra justa, porque no es HiFi, mucho menos LowFi, la distorsión no es como la de un equipo barato que mas que excitar, rompe toda la vibra, el SA-670 agranda, controla, tiene personalidad pero puede tratar al audio con cariño y suavidad. Stam la va a romper con este equipo!
Antony Mosley –
English Translation of First Review:
High machine, a true beast! In my opinion there is no better way to describe it. It is a living machine, in the good sense of the word, it demands that you listen carefully, that you feel how it interacts with your music, they have a tremendous sound, it is difficult to find the right word, because it is not HiFi, much less LowFi, the distortion It is not like that of a cheap equipment that more than excite, it breaks all the vibe, the SA-670 enlarges, controls, has personality but can treat the audio with affection and softness. Stam is going to break it with this team!
Audio 911 –
In today’s world of instant gratification of buying something on the internet today and having it at your doorstep tomorrow morning, ordering a piece of audio gear made by Stam must seem crazy to 99.9% of people on Earth. When a new Stam product is announced, it’s usually a computer mock up and a circuit that being designed by Joshua van der Stam in Chile, but if you’re one of the first to pre order one, you’ll get a discount! Here’s where the big leap of faith and patience comes in. I took that leap a few years ago with the Stam Audio SA4000 compressor. I put down my $100USD via Paypal and rolled the dice on an unknown company on another continent with not much of a track record. If I never saw my money again, it was no big deal. I’ve purchased plugins for my DAW for five times as much, and to this day, I still never use them and now are not compatible with newer DAWs. Stam Audio was in its infancy, and a business model of getting down payments to source the parts and get them built was unheard of in the industry. Any problems, and there would be a lot of angry customers. The SA4000 took about 2 months to arrive, but when it did, I was very impressed by the build quality. After putting it into service, the sound was equally impressive. I purchased the SA4000 because I’ve only owned Neve consoles, loved the SSL master buss sound, but I didn’t want to dish out the big money for an SSL FX384 or a used SSL 4000 console.
Since I purchased the SA4000, Stam Audio has really ramped up the product line of classic design preamps, EQs, and compressors as well as microphones. I was pretty well stocked up in those departments at my facility, so I didn’t need to make another purchase until the BIG announcement came in 2018. The Holy Grail of compressors was being brought back to life. The Stamchild 670 stereo tube compressor was announced!!! I had the opportunity to purchase a Fairchild 670 in 1990 for whopping $10,000USD, but I thought a Lexicon 480L would be a better investment for my studio because I could rent the unit out to other facilities in the area and make some extra money when it wasn’t in use. Well, the 670 kept going up up up in resale value and the 480L kept going down down down. I guess a Fairchild 670 would never be in my budget in this lifetime, so I resorted to using plugins to get “that Fairchild sound”.
I took the leap of faith again after the BIG Stamchild 670 announcement and put down $500 on a pre-order. The Stam website listed a delivery time of 3 months which was not to too bad considering the SA4000 took two months to deliver. Following Stam Audio on social media became very difficult after putting down my deposit. Angry posts kept showing up about lack of delivery of products ordered months earlier and the Stamchild 670 release dates kept being delayed because of numerous things that were out of the control of Stam like sourced parts and custom transformers. With new products being announced just about every month, I started to rethink if the Stamchild 670 would ever become a reality. I reminded myself of the “Good, Fast, Cheap, pick any two” rule, so I subtracted “Fast” from the equation. Stam Audio gear it’s not going to be ordered online today and show up tomorrow like a 1-800-Sweet-Gear store, but it will be Good and Cheap (inexpensive). In fact, I know a guy that has been trying to make his own Fairchild clone for years at the cost of almost $10,000USD and it’s still not finished!
I put aside the idea that the Stamchild was going to show up by the end of 2018, and watched pictures of the test units on the bench over the next few months on the Stam Facebook page, and then I got an unexpected email from Stam with the subject line: Stamchild Invoice. I almost panicked! I was lulled into waiting so long that now I have to come up with the rest of the payment in order for it to ship. I made the payment and received an email from Stam with the DHL tracking number. I checked the DHL website every four hours to watch the progress from Chile to the United States and eventually got a text message from DHL alerting me that the unit was on the truck and would be delivered by the end of the day! The Stamchild 670 was delivered with a personal thank you for my patience for waiting so long. I opened up the double boxed unit, and there it was. Forty pounds of tube compression heaven! I couldn’t get it plugged in fast enough and hooked up to a sound source. Once I plugged it in and let it warm up (literally), the sound coming out of the Stamchild was better than the sound going in. Magical, yet almost transparent. It was doing it’s thing! I quickly played around with some of the input and gain reduction settings as well as the ratio presets and filters. Wow! I really loved the sound of the WET/DRY setting in the 7-8 position where you get a nice blend of the original signal and make up the wet signal by the front panel input gain. The final make up gain is set by the output knob, which never needed to go beyond half way. The unit offers the perfect amount of much wanted musical Total Harmonic Distortion to bring the sound to life. With eighteen vintage tubes, six custom transformers, and the retro vintage knobs, the Stamchild 670 is now the centerpiece of our outboard gear at Dirt Floor Recording and Production in the United States and it will be in daily use for years to come.
Joshua van der Stam is very ambitious, very detail oriented when it comes to his designs, and his passion for sound quality is a bit off the charts. In fact, he may be too ambitious. To say the wait time to get a unit delivered is long is an understatement, but when it arrives, you’ll know the sound quality is going to be outstanding. Stam products are a work of art and are not mass produced by robots. When your unit arrives, open up the lid (with the unit unplugged!!) and take a look inside and you’ll see what I mean. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to making high quality audio equipment and making the Stamchild 670 available to us Josh!
Dirt Floor Recording and Production
I was first approached by Stam Audio late January 2019 with an offer of a “30% discount to an item of your choice from our catalogue”
Well that got my attention so I scootered around the site and landed on the StamChild SA-670 page. It looked so good and authentic.
I thought, if it sounded as good as it looked then it will be a great addition to my studio. Then I saw the price and to be honest, was a little skeptical as to how good it could be at such a reasonable price, however with the full refund (including shipping) satisfaction guarantee, I went for it. I paid the $500 deposit and was informed it will be around a 10 week delivery time.
Six months later(!) the unit finally arrived (serial number 16). My first impression was wow! This is a quality build, no corners cut. The workmanship inside the unit is equally impressive. I haven’t seen work like this since Pete Cornish hand built my pedal board in the late 80’s. Anyway, the real test was how it sounded and its usability. I tested it on vocals, instruments, 2 bus and mastering chain. I was blown away with how good it sounded. It did everything that was expected of it and more. The added mix/parallel control is a genius move. As an earlier user stated, between 7 & 8 seems to be a sweet spot for the blend. My next move was to compare it to some of the Fairchild plugins, and although the convenience of a plugin is a factor, there is just nothing that compares to an analogue sound going through 18 tubes.
In conclusion, Joshua Stam does top shelf work and stands by his gear. Yes the delivery delays were frustrating but a few hours into using the Stamchild the frustration just melted away. I, for one am going to order more of his products before word catches on and the price goes up 🙂
Congrats Joshua on an outstanding build & I look forward to checking out more of your products.
Owner Moscozzi Studio
Elias Assunção –
it is one of the best equipment I had the opportunity to use, test.
It has a very pleasant sound, with a texture that works in all musical styles.
It is very easy to move, and with toothed knobs, super resistant.
Anyway, it is a compressor that can change the life of any studio.
@playco.studio – Brazil
Ola Göransson –
I received my Stamchild 2 days ago and have now tried it as a drum bus, 2bus and vocal compressor. First up I ran some drums hrough it and compared it to the same drums going through my Stam Sa4000. There’s a depth and clarity that is amazing. And the sa4000 is not bad. Same with the 2 bus. So i hooked up my U67 to an La610 and then to the Stamchild and recorded a few vocal takes on a song I am currently tracking. Then comparing it to the same chain, but with a Teletronics La2a instead of the Stamchild. Not even close! I had to re-track the vocals today. There’s a 3D quality and depth to this compressor that is just fantastic. The La2a may be up for sale….
Henry Lai –
Yes it was a long wait, but when I first plugged it in, I knew all the wait was worthy. It improves my mix by giving it more presence, depth and width. I tried to reproduce this with many plugins but have been able to achieve the same feel. But hey, if I can do it with a hardware, why bother wasting my time going through all the software world? This is magical. And handymand in Chile , not China, already a big plus. So if you can afford to wait, or invest your time, this is the best you can get for your studio.
Jamie Sitar –
This is the rhythm section sound that I’ve been trying to get forever! My Stamchild lives on my drum/bass buss when mixing. The Wet/Dry control allows me to do some very heavy compression in parallel and fatten things right up without losing any detail. The bass is thick and the treble is euphnic without being harsh. The stepped controls (all except for the output -which stays on full anyway) make recalls a breeze.