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newRetro Instruments Retro Instruments Sta-Level

High end compressor reissue.
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The Retro Instruments Sta-Level is a single channel valve compressor from high end audio manufacturers Retro Instruments.

The Retro Instruments Sta-Level is a faithful reproduction of the famous Gates model from the 1950s. The original dominated the sound of radio in the 60s, and is a much sought after compressor for the modern discerning audio engineer. With the Retro Instruments Sta-Level this legendary musical compressor is being featured on modern hits as well as the classics of the 60s. Inside the Retro Instruments Sta-Level is the much revered 6386 valve, making the unit faithful to the musical original Gates model.

The Retro Instruments Sta-Level incorporates the same program-controlled release circuit as the original, which was a novel invention at the time. The implementation in the Retro Instruments Sta-Level makes consistency and density, while at the same time reducing typical unwanted side effects of compression at up to 40db of gain reduction. The path of the progra…

The Retro Instruments Sta-Level is a single channel valve compressor from high end audio manufacturers Retro Instruments.

The Retro Instruments Sta-Level is a faithful reproduction of the famous Gates model from the 1950s. The original dominated the sound of radio in the 60s, and is a much sought after compressor for the modern discerning audio engineer. With the Retro Instruments Sta-Level this legendary musical compressor is being featured on modern hits as well as the classics of the 60s. Inside the Retro Instruments Sta-Level is the much revered 6386 valve, making the unit faithful to the musical original Gates model.

The Retro Instruments Sta-Level incorporates the same program-controlled release circuit as the original, which was a novel invention at the time. The implementation in the Retro Instruments Sta-Level makes consistency and density, while at the same time reducing typical unwanted side effects of compression at up to 40db of gain reduction. The path of the program is completely transformer-balanced, which cancels distortion. There is a 6V6 output stage and push pull circuitry, which delivers a wide voltage swing, for both line output and gain control. This all combines to deliver stunning warmth and air to a recording, making the Retro Instruments Sta-Level a truly beautiful sounding compressor.

There are a few improvements to the original Gates design on the Retro Instruments Sta-Level, including the ability to align valve balance without the need for test equipment. For stereo applications two units can be coupled together. The ins and outs are transformer balanced XLRs. The coupling capacitors are hand matched for the audiophiles among us, and the transformers are extremely high quality custom wound transformers across the board.

A truly faithful reproduction of a legendary classic with a modern twist, the Retro Instruments Sta-Level is a superb compressor.

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Gear Status

New Gear

Brand

Retro Instruments

Frequency Response

± .25dB from 20-20,000 Hz

External Connections

XLR input and output connections

Tube Complement

2-6BJ6), 1-12AT7, 2-6V6GT, 1-6AL5, 1-OB2, 1-5Y3

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