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The Retro Sta-Level is a replica of the legendary 1956 Gates Sta-Level, and uses the coveted 6386 tube in a classic G.E. circuit design The Gates Sta-Level dominated the sound of hit radio in the 1960's. Now these super musical sounding compressors have found their way into today's hits.
The original 6386 compressor developed by G.E., utilized a novel program controlled release circuit. The Sta-Level implementation creates density and consistency while minimizing typical compressor side-effects at up to 40dB of gain reduction! The program path is transformer balanced throughout to cancel control-induced distortion. Push pull circuitry with 6V6 output stage provides wide voltage swing for gain control and line output. The result is that the Sta-Level brings a uniquely familiar intimacy, air and warmth to your tracks.
Revisions to the original design include:
Tube balance can be instantly aligned without test equipment
Uses 6386 tube or a pair of 6BJ6 tubes
Two or more Sta-Levels can be coupled together for stereo, surround or sidechain operation
XLR transformer balanced input and output
IEC Power Connector
Hand matched audiophile-grade coupling capacitors
High quality, custom wound transformers used throughout
Internal component safety cover.
Gain Reduction Threshold: Continuously adjustable from +24dBm to -20dBm
Available Gain Reduction: 40dB
Total System Gain: 35dB (with standard input and output pads)
Distortion: 1 percent or less from 0-30 dB gain reduction
Frequency Response: ± .25dB from 20-20,000 Hz
Noise: -70dB or better referenced to gain reduction threshold
Output Level: Continuously adjustable from -40 dBm to +18 dBm
Input Impedance: Accepts low impedance active or transformer balanced 0-600 Ohms
Output Impedance: 600 Ohm transformer balanced, terminated and resistive pad coupled
Power Requirements: Three prong IEC - Switchable 115-230 VAC - 50/60 Hz
Mounting Requirements: 3U metal rack 5.25" high, 19" wide, 8" deep
Used / Vintage
Tube or Solid State
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