The Retro Sta-Level is a recreation of the legendary 1956 single-channel Gates Sta-Level compressor, which had dominated the sound of hit radio in the 1960’s.

The Retro Sta-Level improves on the original with six settings of recovery (release) time and three different modes of operation. Single is super smooth for bass tracks. Double is perfect for most every source you throw at it. The Triple mode allows the Sta-Level to clamp down on fast transient waveforms while still retaining great musicality. These new adjustments give you wide flexibility to find the perfect dynamics control for your specific application.

The Sta-Level utilizes 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.


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
Tube Complement: 2-6BA6, 1-12AT7, 2-6V6GT, 1-6AL5, 1-OB2, 1-5Y3GT
Power Requirements: Three prong IEC - Switchable 115-230 VAC - 50/60 Hz
Mounting Requirements: 3U metal rack 5.25" high, 19" wide, 8" deep

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