Even something like the Tascam UH-7000, or Yamaha MLA-8 are a great deal for solid state IC preamps. At least those are ones that I have used successfully.
If SSL is famous for something, it's probably not their preamp. Although I don't doubt that they are good.
I just realized I'm using quite a bit of the SSL compressor in the box with my UAD plugins. I wasn't sure what it was about that strip that draws me in, but the compressor is definitely a big part now that I'm reflecting on that. I use it on drums mainly.
And why does Stam keep offering preorders when he clearly stated that he was ending that sales model and going through dealers?
These inconsistencies (and others) are why I didn’t buy the SA-609.
Because our webmaster does not understand English and sometimes there are typos on the texts that he does not realize.
We are already selling though dealers, not for North America though and we won't.
We run our business the way we consider is the best for us and our clients, in this line we decided to continue offering low prices to those who reserve for another year. If we decide to stop and that it is best to go through retailers worldwide we will do that. It has nothing to do with inconsistencies but rather adapting (constantly) to the market.
Let me know which features you want so I can add them
I would just say you should include the High and low pass filters on each EQ in the SA9000. It's an importart part of the EQ. On SSL gear it usually accompanies the preamp, but if you can add it to the EQs themselves that would be great. I love their EQ and comp, but don't use their preamp as much.
Are you planning a full channel strip or dual channel comp?
Is there actually even room enough on the 1U faceplate to accomodate two channels worth of HP and LP filters? From the image on Stam's website, I'm wondering if it's even possible to fit those in there on a 1U faceplate?