The latest additions to the SPL product range offer upgraded versions of two of their popular analogue outboard designs. The Vitalizer Mk3-T enhancer and MixDream XP Mk2 summing mixer have each been treated to some design enhancements, and now come in the same neat black finish as the rest of the company’s Studio series.
The latest version of the Vitalizer retains the same functionality as the Mk2, combining a variable drive control with low-frequency tone and compression sections, mid-frequency processing controls and a stereo width section. With the release of the Mk3-T, the unit’s internal audio voltage has been increased to ±18V, a move which the company says results in an even better and more detailed sound.
A variable Drive control allows the incoming signal to be adjusted between values of -20 and 6 dB, and is joined by an LED indicator that will warn users before an overload occurs. Bass Sound and Bass Comp dials follow, with the former offering a variable low-frequency tone control ranging from Soft to Tight, and the latter serving as a simple one-knob compressor for the signal’s low end.
Next up is Mid-Hi Tune, which determines the starting frequency of a broadband shelving filter that employs a Sovtek 12AX7 double triode valve and promises to give mid-frequency content a “soft and silky” character. There’s then a Process control which sets the ratio between the Bass Sound/Mid-Hi Tune and original input signals.
An LC-EQ knob offers control over a mid- and high-frequency passive coil-capacitor network designed to create presence and definition in the mid-range. It can operate between approximate frequencies of 2 and 20 kHz, and is joined by an Intensity control which can be used to determine the amount of processing applied. Finally, a Stereo Expander control offers adjustment of the output signal’s stereo width.
I/O is provided both on XLR and quarter-inch TRS connectors, and mains power is accepted via a standard IEC inlet.
MixDream XP Mk2
The second device to get a design refresh is the MixDream XP Mk2, a 16-input Class-A summing mixer that retains the same high-quality performance of the previous model thanks to an internal operating voltage of ±30V. As well the new finish, the Mk2 now offers -18dB attenuation switches for the last four stereo channels — the first four stereo channel pairs are still equipped with switches that select either stereo or mono operation.
All 16 analogue inputs are provided by a pair of DB25 connectors, whilst three pairs of XLR connectors offer main and monitor outputs, as well as an expansion input for chaining multiple units. Again, an IEC inlet accepts mains power.
Pricing & Availability
The Vitalizer Mk3-T and MixDream XP Mk2 are available now, priced at $1099 and $1499 respectively.