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SPL Channel One Reviews

3.5 stars based on 2 customer reviews
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  • Michael
    from Chicago, IL October 27, 2015Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Musician

    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.

  • Data-Bank-A
    from Massachusetts December 17, 2015Music Background:
    35 years of production

    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.

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