SPL Crimson - USB Interface (Black)

USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 6-in/6-out, with 2 Mic/Instrument Preamplifiers, 24-bit/192kHz, 2 Headphone Amplifiers, MIDI I/O, Monitor Controller, and Talkback
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The Incredibly Powerful Hub of Your Studio!

Designed to work flawlessly with your DAW, the SPL Crimson audio interface gives you pro-quality recording and monitoring at an attractive price. Featuring a pair of mic/instrument pres, six recording and playback channels, and a monitor controller, you've got all the I/O you need to make the Crimson the incredibly powerful hub of your studio. For the Crimson, SPL has redesigned proven analog circuitry designs, creating an audio interface that delivers boutique quality. On top of that, the Crimson's AD/DA converters deliver high-end sound - at full 24-bit/192kHz resolution. If you've read the reviews on the Crimson, you know why we've been anticipating its arrival here at Sweetwater. So grab an SPL Crimson audio interface and see what all the fuss is about!

SPL Crimson USB 2.0 Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Works with your DAW or as a standalone device
  • Artist Mode provides a dedicated artist cue mix
  • Desktop form factor keeps you in your mix position
Works with your DAW or as a standalone device

Although the SPL Crimson audio interface is primarily designed to work with your DAW, it can also function as a standalone device. You can plug in an instrument and microphone and use the Crimson's preamps. You can mix your monitor signal with playback or guide tracks from any source - even your smartphone! On top of that, you can use the Crimson as a standalone monitor controller.

Artist Mode provides a dedicated artist cue mix

The SPL Crimson audio interface's Artist Mode provides you with a dedicated artist cue mix. You can also connect a line-level talkback signal to the Crimson, for easy communication with the artist. Speakers are dimmed automatically when you push the talkback button, making speech more audible and avoiding howlback.

Desktop form factor keeps you in your mix position

On top of exceptional sound quality, the SPL Crimson audio interface's desktop form factor lets you manage your monitoring system without leaving your mix position. The Crimson's well-laid-out controls make precise adjustments easy, and the simple layout makes adjustments a breeze.

SPL Crimson USB 2.0 Audio Interface Features:
  • Has enough I/O to make it the central hub of your studio
  • Works with your DAW or as a standalone device
  • 2 boutique-sounding mic/instrument preamps
  • 2 separate headphone amplifiers let two people monitor simultaneously
  • Connect and control two stereo speaker sets for reference monitoring
  • Monitor mix from recording and DAW return paths
  • Artist Mode provides a dedicated artist cue mix
  • High-end 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA converters
  • Convenient hot-plugging with an iOS device for recording/monitoring (up to 96kHz)
The SPL Crimson audio interface and your DAW are all you need for a truly professional recording setup!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
SPL Crimson USB Audio Interface Overview by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 6 x 6
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 6 x 1/4" (Line), 1 x Stereo RCA, 1 x 1/8"
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax
Depth 8.15"
Width 12.99"
Height 2.36"
Weight 5.95 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number SPLCRIM

Customer Reviews

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I love it

That's it.

killer interface/ preamps for $$$

i was recommended by someone from gear slutz to try this for solid 2 channel interface. i was debating between id22, crimson and rme ucx but didnt need that many preamps, plus rme costs more. i took a chance on SPL, im just blown away from the quality, killer preamps from the gainstation at this price point, made in germany, im really impressed by the SPL as a company, great customer service.
Music background: musician, producer, student of the game!

follow up

Here is my follow up fot the SPL Crimson. after my Review i was also facing constant crackles and Audio Problems like drop Outs and more in Windows (like youtube etc.) and also had Problems in cubase. After reading all over the net i bought myself an usb 3.0 pci express Card, installed it and plugged the crimson in that. since then my Driver is stable so far and works pretty flawless and i am very happy with the device. i cannot comment on the latency issues as i have not tested the Driver with very large Projects yet. but im pretty happy with the Interface now. BUT i have to mention that SPL didnt seem to think that it was necessary to reply to any of my mails regarding the Driver Problem. so SPL customer Service gets no Points and i will take away a star because of that and the Problems i had in the beginning. half a star im taking off because on my unit the Stereo Image is shifted to the left on both Monitors and Headphones when in pretty low volumes. on Monitors you can work against that pretty well by pressing the DIM button that dims the Output about 10dbs but on headphones you can not. and sometimes i like listening very low on headphones. But Overall soundquality and preamp quality are way above the pricepoint of the unit. sorry for the wrong use of capital letters here but my pc is Auto correcting These. and i dont feel like editing them all right now. :)

latency problem

great sound but there is a latency problem with pro tools

Do yourself a favor, don't buy this interface.

Soundwise, this interface is pretty amazing. The preamps are great and it offers a lot of conectivity, at least all the options I needed for my home studio, where I record and produce music for the advertisement world. The problem is that it has terrible drivers and SPL, after 2 years of its release, has not been able to solve these issues. The latency is terrilble while recording and when working on large sessions, the stability becomes a nightmare, even with a buffer size of 4096. It amazes me that with my old M-Audio Profire 610 I have a better workflow, taking in consideration that the unit cost me less than half the amount that the Crimson did. I'm definitely sending it back.
Music background: Professional composer and producer
See also: USB Interfaces, SPL, SPL USB Audio Interfaces