SPL Channel One

1-channel Tube Preamp with Insert, 3-band EQ, Compressor/Limiter, Noise Gate, De-esser, and Headphone Monitor Stage
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$1,388.00
Sweetwater Savings: $411.00 MSRP: $1,799.00

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SPL Channel One
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Your Ticket to That "Polished" Vocal Sound!

Smooth, detailed, and gorgeous, the SPL Channel One channel strip is your ticket to that elusive "polished" vocal sound. Featuring a wealth of features including a tube preamp, 3-band EQ, compressor/limiter, noise gate, de-esser, and more, the Channel One is the ideal front end for your DAW. Plug into this stellar-sounding channel strip and enjoy the world-class sounds that you've heard in your head but have been unable to accomplish in your studio. Whether you want to record vocals, instruments, or any other audio source, the SPL Channel One channel strip will imbue your recordings with the expensive sound you've been craving. Sweetwater Sales Engineers enjoy being in the studio as much as you do. Let us offer our experience to help you. Give us a call.

SPL Channel One Channel Strip at a Glance:
  • Preamp stage works great with vocals, instruments, or any other audio source
  • 3-band EQ gives you incredible tone-shaping options
  • Compressor/Limiter controls dynamics and adds character
  • De-esser removes those session-wrecking sibilants
Preamp stage works great with vocals, instruments, or any other audio source

All-inclusive, the Channel One channel strip's preamp gives you a mic input with phantom power, polarity reverse, and a filter, a low-impedance line input for connecting your studio gear, and a low-noise, high-impedance instrument input that is easily accessible on the Channel One's front panel.

3-band EQ gives you incredible tone-shaping options

Specially optimized for vocals and acoustic and electric instruments, the Channel One channel strip's 3-band EQ puts an incredible tone-shaping tool at your fingertips. Incredibly musical, the Chanel One's Low, Mid Hi, and Air bands are primed both for corrective adjustments and for effective sound-shaping. You also have the ability to introduce controlled amounts of FET distortion into your signal, imbuing it with as much (or as little) character as you want.

Compressor/Limiter controls dynamics and adds character

Based on SPL's Double-VCA-Drive circuitry, the Channel One channel strip's compressor gives you outstanding noise and distortion characteristics. An extremely easy-to-use one-knob design, the single-dependent automation on the Channel One's compressor not only allows for a simple set-and-forget operation, it also stamps an amazingly musical and unforgettable sonic imprint onto your source.

De-esser removes those session-wrecking sibilants

Featuring SPL's renowned de-esser, the Channel One channel strip is able to subtly, yet effectively, remove ear-assaulting sibilants with its unique phase-canceling processing technology - before they ever hit your DAW! An auto-threshold function ensures that you'll enjoy constant processing even when the artist is less than consistent with his or her mic technique. Just crank the knob until the sibilants are gone - that's it!

SPL Channel One Channel Strip Features:
  • Preamp stage works great with vocals, instruments, or any other audio source
  • 3-band EQ gives you incredible tone-shaping options
  • FET distortion imbues your signal with as much (or as little) character as you want
  • Compressor/Limiter controls dynamics and adds musicality
  • De-esser removes those session-wrecking sibilants
  • Noise gate operates flawlessly
  • Headphone monitor stage provides an individual mix for the artist
  • Insert (Send/Return) lets you patch in external effects
If you want that elusive "polished" vocal sound, look no further than the SPL Channel One channel strip!

What Does "Special Order" Mean?

A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

Studio Preamp Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Frequency Response 10Hz-100kHz
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Compressor Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Preamp), 1 x 1/4" (Preamp), 1 x 1/4" (Return), 2 x 1/4" (Playback)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 2U
Height 3.5"
Depth 8.27"
Width 19"
Weight 9.15 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SPLCHANONE

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
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5/5

Very good sound & ridiculously easy to use

I bought this on a whim as part of the yellow tag sale. I am so happy that I did. What a sleeper. It's actually hard to make it sound bad. I tried for fun. As long as I watched the output levels, I have something more than usable. I was really impressed with this unit for vocals & acoustic guitar. I was also surprised how many different flavors comes out of it (clean to dirty, dark to bright, subtle to overt, thin to thick). The thing about this unit is it seems to have too much on it. It's almost silly. There's 25 knobs and switches for a single channel. There's a "FET distortion" knob--on a TUBE preamp. Who does that?! My initial thoughts were "I'll take a shot, hopefully a few features are usable...and the rest will be cool for my clients to look at" Here's the thing. Every. Single. Feature. Is. Usable. Every knob. Every button. They all DO something. The de-esser and compressor work particularly well, considering they are 1 knob controls. EQ is solid, and that "FET distortion" is relatively subtle but interesting. On a side note, take a look at the in/outs & routing options, you can use it for just about any situation. By far the best value in this price range, others are not even close.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Musician
1.5/5

How to make a $1000 mic sound like a $100 mic

So you spend a thousand dollars on a really nice mic, and you think: "I should buy a nice preamp to go with it." Good thought. But go elsewhere. This is not the machine you want. This will make a $ 1000 mic sound like a $ 100 mic. I put this up against a Drawmer DMXPRO 60 and an Aphex Project Channel. The SPL smeared the high end "air" out of the mic (Neumann TLM 103) till it was muddy sounding. The detail was all gone. (by Detail I mean sounds like "H" and "F" - which are the hardest to get through the mix). And it appears to happen at all compressor settings. So it's not the compressor. The Aphex Project Channel did much better, for a fraction of the price. The Drawmer blew them all away, for less than 1/2 the price of the SPL. I don't know what they're charging you all that money for, but it's not for good sound. Looks like it's all hype.
Music background: 35 years of production
See also: SPL, SPL Channel Strips