Three EQs, tube effects, de-esser and compressor announced 17/03/08
Last year SPL has launched the RackPack modular system and started with two different preamps and the Transient Designer as the first modules. This year the RackPack is extended with six new modules, so that studio and live engineers can choose from a wide variety of processors to configure individual RackPacks.
Full Ranger â€“ Passive EQ with coil filters for the whole frequency spectrum
Bass Ranger - Passive EQ with coil filters for the bass range
Vox Ranger - Passive EQ with coil filters for the vocal range
TwinTube â€“ Combined saturation and presence tube effects
DeEsser â€“ Works with phase cancellation instead of traditional compression
DynaMaxx â€“ set & forget compressor, updated for the RackPack
The EQ modules are designed as passive, graphical EQs and optimized to certain instruments or processing ranges: center frequencies, amplitudes and bandwidths are adjusted to the specific task, and each filter is based upon individually selected coils.
The Full Ranger module is the necessary exception in this concept. With ISO frequencies to process the whole frequency range, the Full Ranger can be used as as a versatile addition to the specialized versions.
Soundwise it makes a lot of sense to optimize the EQ modules to their tasks, but it also allows to configure highly specialized EQ systems without having to decide for a final state â€“ there is always the option to upgrade an existing package with further EQ modules. SPL already announced further specialized modules, i. e. for processing of lead instruments and drums.
The TwinTube module is described by SPL as a tube effects processor to apply typical tube sound effects to any signal. Tube saturation can be regulated to add subtle to heavy harmonic tube distortions for more punch and rougher sounds. The Harmonics control allows for moving signals up front in a mix or to ennoble the top end in general with the nice touch of tube harmonics.
Both effects can be used separately or simultaneously and in common. SPL recommends applications in single track processing during recording and mixing in studio as well as in live sessions.
Just like the standalone version, the de-esser module for the RackPack system is based upon phase cancellation. An additional feature of the module is a manual frequency control in the range from 4.5 to 9 kHz, which can be used alternatively to the standard auto sibiliance detection.
The simplicity of the dual-channel standalone DynaMaxx version also characterizes the new RackPack module: with just two controls, Compression and Make Up Gain, the DynaMaxx surprises with its disarmingly simple user interface. According to SPL, developer Vincenzo Triolo has done a great job when he transferred the original circuits to the extremely compact module format â€“ controversies about the better version are still going on at SPL. Pricing and Availability:
Availability of the TwinTube module is scheduled for May 2008.
Availability of all other modules is scheduled for June 2008.