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Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System

Millennia STT-1 Origin
Millennia STT-1 Origin
List Price: $3,409.00
Our Price: $3,067.99

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Product Code: 9999-13959

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Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System

The Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System is the culmination of meticulous listening tests on innumerable circuit, topology, and packaging designs over many years of product design and development.

The Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System is a finely tuned instrument intended for critical professional applications - many feel it offers the world's most sonically versatile "all-in-one channel strip" audio signal path, with the added benefits of selectable transformer-coupling and vacuum tubes when "euphonic enhancement" is desired. With the emergence of 24+ bit digital audio, recording engineers are faced with a new requirement for undistorted dynamic range. The STT-1 meets this challenge exceptionally well.

The STT-1 Origin is a collection of Millennia's essential product line combined into one box. You might call it Millennia's "greatest hits" compilation. The STT-1 is a single channel (mono) processing chain with various signal path topologies (vacuum tubes, discrete transistors, audio transformer, transformerless) all selectable at various functions. The STT-1 offers an entirely discrete, entirely Class-A direct signal path from input to output. The signal path can be variously selected to use vacuum tubes or transistors, transformer or non-transformer coupling. The STT-1 also offers additional monolithic utility outputs. There are (yes, we counted) at least 134 different product combinations available in the STT-1 Origin "" ranging from the most musically transparent, sonically accurate, and dynamically stable audio circuits, to sublime levels of vacuum tube and transformer 'euphony', and everything in between. The possibilities afforded the creative engineer, producer, and musician are virtually endless.

Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System Features

  • Twin Mic Preamps - M-2B vacuum tube or HV-3 discrete solid state, both switchable and on-board
  • Twin NSEQ-2 Mastering-Grade Parametric Eq s- vacuum tube or discrete solid state
  • Three Opto Compressor/Limiter Paths - TCL vacuum tube, discrete solid state, passive
  • Twin Opto De-Esser Paths - vacuum tube or discrete solid state
  • Vacuum tube or discrete solid state line level paths
  • Input coupling with or without MIT-01 audio transformer
  • 1/4" vacuum tube DI input - route via tube or solid state gain path
  • Effortless, lifelike musical performance at all levels
  • Musically rich vacuum tubes available
  • Gold audio connectors, tube sockets, relays and switches
  • 3/8" thick radius extruded aluminum face plate
  • Durable black mirror-gloss anodized finish
  • Mil spec 16 gauge cold-rolled steel chassis
  • Ultra-clean toroid power supply: internal sub-chassis
  • Hand machined aluminum knobs, illuminated IT&T pushbuttons
  • Mogami Neglex OFC audio wiring
  • Silver Teflon power wiring
  • True audio VU meter for output level or dynamics gain reduction

Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System Options

  • Front Panel Color: Black (Standard) or a special Platinum-Crackle front panel & knob cosmetics
  • Detented Controls: You can add "quasi-mastering" detented controls
  • NOS and Used/Tested Valves - Telefunken, Mullard, and Tesla valves available. Contact us for pricing and availability

Special Note

Millennia Media Twin-Topology products like the Millennia STT-1 Origin offer a number of customizable options, including Valve Upgrade Options for NOS and Used/Tested Telefunken, Mullard, and Tesla tubes/valves. Due to the specific valve requirements of each unit and the ever-changing availability of NOS and Used/Tested valves, please call us for currently available options.

Call Front End Audio at 888-228-4530 to configure your Millennia STT-1 Origin with custom valves.

Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System Specifications

  • Twin Topology Mic Preamplifier Selection: Switchable, Vacuum Tubes or Solid-State
  • Twin Topology EQ & Compressor: Switchable, Vacuum Tubes or Solid-State
  • Twin Topology Input Coupling: Switchable, Transformer or Transformerless
  • Maximum Output Level (Balanced): + 32 dBu
  • Frequency Response
    • +0 / -3 dB (S/S)
    • sub 5 Hz to beyond 300 kHz
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -131 dBu (SS, Common Source, Direct Out)
  • THD + Noise
    • 20 Hz - 22 kHz (S/S)
    • < .05 %, typ < .003 %
  • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (S/S): > 40 dB, Typ > 70 dB @ 60 Hz.
  • Input Impedance (Mic): 6,200 ohms
  • Input Impedance (Line): 2,200 ohms (x2)
  • Input Impedance (Di - Instrument): > 1 megohm
  • Output Impedance (Balanced): 24.3 ohms (x2)
  • Parametric Equalizer
    • Maximum EQ Boost/Cut Range (21 Step Detented): +/- 15 dB
    • EQ Frequencies
      • Low Range Switch (Centers - Peak/Shelf Selectable): 20, 34, 56, 100, 180, 270
      • Low Mid Sweep: 20 Hz - 220 Hz or 200 Hz - 2.2 kHz.
    • 10X Range switch selectable.
      • Hi Mid Sweep: 250 Hz - 2.5 kHz or 2.5 kHz - 25 kHz.
    • 10X Range switch selectable.
      • High Range Switch (Centers - Peak/Shelf Selectable): 4.8 k, 5.8 k, 8.0 k, 10 k, 16 k, 21 k
    • "Q" Range: Q = 0.4 to 4.0 Adjustable on middle ranges
      • Q = 1.0 Fixed on low & high ranges
  • Optoelectronic Compressor/Limiter
    • Threshold Range: Infinite to +20 dBu
    • Attack Range: 2 ms to 100 ms
    • Release Range: 80 ms to 3.0 s
    • Compression Ratio Range: minimum 1.4 : 1, maximum 30 : 1
    • De-Essing Frequency Switch: OFF, 4.9 k, 6.8 k, 8.2 k, 10.7 k , 12.0 k
  • Power Consumption: 50 watts maximum
  • Power Requirements: Selectable: 100-120, 200-240 V ac, 50/60 Hz
  • Dimensions/Shipping Weight: 19" W x 3.5" H x 15.5" D, 25 lbs.

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What The Professionals Are Saying...

"John: Thanks for continuing to make the finest, most accurate electronics in the industry.
Best regards,

Jack Renner, Telarc International

"John: We have had the use of your (STT-1)Origin piece for several weeks now, and I have to commend you on it. Each of the sections sounds good, and as both an all-in-one and a "demonstrator" unit for the circuits it is exemplary. I especially like the way you've provided for the amplifier-free compression circuit. I once used some Fairchild modules that were configured similarly
-- an amplifier driving a lamp on a photo resistor (to ground) to vary a "passive" T-pad attenuator -- and I liked the idea. The Fairchilds sounded awful though, and I toyed with the idea of knocking together something similar with Vactec cells, but I never did.
I repeat my praise for the sound quality of the box -- you did a great job. I'll see you at the Tape Op thing.

Steve Albini - Electrical Audio

"Hi John,
Just a quick note to let you know how much I'm enjoying using the STT1. I've already had the opportunity of using it on a variety of sources, from vocals to electric guitar, and it has handled everything with dramatically outstanding results. There is a very noticeable improvement in the clarity and overall polish in my recorded vocal takes using the STT1 that I would never have expected to be so significant, even if the path is practically untreated. In addition, the ease with which a recorded signal can be enhanced using the STT's impeccably transparent EQ and compression offers a superbly powerful and flexible recording tool, without in any way detracting from the quality of the source.
My preference for vocals is currently the Solid State pre-amp, although I can see the benefits of the Telefunken tubes under certain circumstances. I'm using the valve stages elsewhere in the chain and find they add some very subtle but satisfyingly mellow tints to everything I record. The transformer is simply wonderful for less 'mission critical' tracks. I've used it extensively on guitar and love the 'umph' it seems to introduce into the picture.
The STT is also being put to work on mixdown, often to give vocals more dramatic processing when needed, and it handles this with almost unidentifiable transparency and consummate ease. I've even used the EQ on snares during mixing and can get sheen and bite that none of my other Esq.'s will permit without sounding artificial.
Suffice it to say I am over the moon and already trying to allocate funds for my next Millennia purchase!! Thanks for all your help in making dealing with your company such a joy.
Kind regards,

Jules Bromley - Trailermen, England

"Hey John,
Just a quick note. A friend asked me to bring the STT-1 to a pre-production meeting for a new artist on a major label here. She has a huge dynamic range and they were having problems with the ADL compressor not covering it and having to ride the gain with the singer. They'd been trying a Daking pre amp and some refurbished Telefunkens. They loved the STT-1 on the woman's voice. She said "It's not squashing me." When in fact it was cutting 9db on her loud notes. We had to look over at the needle to verify that it was compressing her. Very transparent. It retained the integrity of her voice over the full dynamic range of the compressor. The engineer's comment was "I've got to get one of these things." The change was dramatic when we first switched on the STT-1 from the Daking, very big and open. We were trying the STT-1 with a U67 and a Shure SM7. It's kind of a folk rock album. The engineer liked the Daking for the 'in your face' presence but it lacked 'front to back' depth, whereas the Telefunkens had front to back depth but he was missing the presence of the Daking. The STT-1 has both depth and presence. Anyway, just thought I'd pass on the continuing good news. I'll be playing it for other friends down here.

Jim Meyer - Jimmy Buffet Band

"Dear John,
Gee I hate to gush but I've got to tell you, this STT-1 is really helping me out. I'm currently working on a children's story and I'm doing all the narration, voices, singing etc. Recently I've been going over some narration which I did a year ago with a AT4033 (not my favorite mic) and a Rane mic pre in a hotel room. I was tempted just to re-do everything but the vibe was great. I had the voice channel going through multiple computer plug ins of compression, de-essing, multiband compression, Eq, etc. Trying to get it to sound like a nice normal voice speaking. Suddenly I thought "Duh, I'll run it through the STT-1. This was at the point at which I had spent an hour editing 1 minute of narration to try to get all the words, (whispers and yells) to come out clearly. I went back to the original unprocessed narration and sent it through the STT-1. Within 15 minutes I had the whole chapter of narration printed in the computer, it sounded big and natural and everything was clearly audible. The compressor was way cleaner than so called 'transparent' digital compressors. With a tad of Eq to fix the 3k bump in the mic, it fit right in. This may seem like a small thing but with 25 chapters of narration, it literally saved me hours of editing.
Thanks again, Things are well here.

Jim Meyer (Bass & Vocals) - Jimmy Buffet Band

"Hey John,
I have had a couple of interviews where I mention your pre amps and have had most of what I said edited out, for whatever reason. I just turned in credits for the Dixie Chicks new acoustic record and the Nickel Creek project, and Millennia got thanks from me, as usual. We are also just starting the Alison (Krauss) live record and using your pres. I will make sure that any press that goes out gets that info. The only pre-amps that I use are yours and Doug's (Doug Sax). When I get back to town it will slow down enough that I will be able to get the Origin back to you for the mods. I have been mixing for over a month and have had not a minute to spare.

Gary Paczosa

What We Think

When it comes to the Millennia STT-1 Origin Recording System, there is really little to no validation that I could add to this incredible unit beyond what the professional opinions above offer. Obviously, this thing is where the buck stops and is the professional engineer's no-brainer. But for the home-studio user who is looking for professional results, and who isn't getting those results with racks full of gear acquired over the years of learning craft and thus learning about gear in general (You know... the racks where you can see the evolution clearly?), perhaps I can inspire you to sell off all of that gear that just isn't cutting it on a regular basis, and inspire you to consider a pair of STT-1 Origins to replace pretty much all of it.

With a PAIR of STT-1 Origins, you would really getting FOUR mic-preamps (M-2B vacuum tube or HV-3 discrete solid-state pre-amps available and switchable on each input), a pair of NSEQ-2 Mastering Equalizer channels, a TCL-2 with the added functionality of the Passive mode, a pair of De-Essers... basically a stereo processing powerhouse of all the analog processors you could need - and the finest ones available, at that. So, you're not just going to be going to them when tracking. The Origins can become incredibly valuable tools for processing already recorded individual tracks, stereo sub-mixes, or even your entire mix - without compromise.

- Front End Audio

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Millennia STT-1 Origin May 31, 2014
Reviewer: Brandt from Aiken, SC United States  
This is beautifully crafted piece of equipment and definitely worthy of its price tag. I do not hesitate in recommending this unit to anyone looking for a channel strip that can deliver an honest, clean and refined representation of a performance. The EQ is fantastic and the compressor quite musical in how it helps control dynamics. Its ability in helping to obtain useful tracks is astounding.

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