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High-end soundware producers SPL were on home ground at MusikMesse, and were showing a slew of new products; their gear always looks very tasty indeed, so we asked the inimitable 'BJ' for a run-through (and a quick Darth Vader impression).
First up was the MasterBay S - designed to allow accurate comparison of up to 4 stereo signal processors or signal paths. They say:-
We say... not something you might immediately think of as top of your studio 'need-list', but when you get your head round its potential, you might find it gets on to your 'want one of those' list ;-]
The auto-compare switching is a genius idea!
Next up was a plug-in pack of 2 flavours of SPLs De-Essers; Classic and Dual Band
SPL uses phase-cancellation as the de-essing method, which should result in less 'compressed' sounding treatments.
And last up was thirteen(!) varieties of the same product type - the Analog Elemental Series.
SPL have taken modules from their well-regarded Rack Pack series and combined 2 in a 1U rack in complimentary pairs. Each can work individually or be linked.
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