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Retro Instruments Sta-Level (Demo Deal) – No Longer Available

Gold Edition replica of the legendary 1956 Gates Sta-Level tube compression amplifier

Product Description

Few pieces of gear are this universally useful and this universally liked. It just doesn't seem to matter what you send through it, the Sta-Level makes everything sound great. What does it do? We've heard engineers refer to the Sta-Level's brand of vintage tube compression as being like a big, warm hug. It's gives that extra something that somehow sits a track right where you want it in the mix. A natural on vocals, amazing on bass, the Sta-Level has outpaced its vintage inspiration (the Gates Sta-Level) as an industry standard. Try it on your tracks and you'll hear why.

  • Great for anything but a standard on bass and vocals
  • Inspired by the Gates Sta-Level, updated for today

Great for anything but a standard on bass and vocals

Whether it's a thick rock bass sound or old-school type of R&B bass sound, or anywhere in between, the Sta-Level gives a nice bloom to it – really fat and full. Whatever you send its way, the Sta-Level is extraordinarily musical, giving you a natural, warm tone and the right amount of color and control no matter what source you're working with. From hi-hats to horns, acoustic guitars to drums, if you're after a versatile compressor with stacks of vintage warmth, this might be the best sonic investment you make.

Inspired by the Gates Sta-Level, updated for today

The legendary 1956 Gates Sta-Level dominated hit radio in the 1960s and now its magic sound is working its way back to the radio, through Retro's spot-on rendition. The Sta-Level was the first product Retro ever made and it perfectly captures the "Retro philosophy": take a classic, timeless design and seamlessly bring it into the modern world. To update the classic, Retro transformer-balanced the XLR I/O and uses hand-matched audiophile-grade coupling capacitors and high-quality custom-wound transformers throughout. Retro also uses 6BJ6 tubes, more reliable than the original 6386 tubes (though 6386 is a customer's option). All in all, the Retro Sta-Level brings a timeless classic to a new generation of engineers, with a build quality that readies it for generations to come.

Product Specifications

Condition Demo / B-Stock
Tube or Solid State Tube
Channels Single-Channel
Chassis 19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces 3u
Digital I/O No

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