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    Plug-in Folder

    We test a trio of cool new Plug-ins

    • Angular Momentum KickLab XXL • Softube Trident A-Range • SPL MicroPlugs

    Reviews May 2010
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    SPL Plug-ins

    Transient Designer & EQ Rangers [Mac/PC]

    Two of SPLs most effective hardware studio tools are now available in native and HD plug-in formats.

    Reviews May 2009
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    SPL Transducer

    Speaker Emulator & Dummy Load

    If you want to capture the sound of your boutique valve amp for recording but can't turn it up loud, you need a power soak... and speaker emulation... and mic emulation... SPL's Transducer does it all.

    Reviews Feb 2008
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    Front panel controls of the SPL Culture stereo compressor.

    SPL Kultube

    Stereo Compressor

    SPL's new surround-ready stereo compressor offers clever programme-adaptive compression, as well as decompression and tube-saturation functions.

    Reviews Feb 2002
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    SPL Channel One

    Valve Voice Channel

    Paul White might have more voice channels than he can find voices, but after using the new SPL Channel One, he gets the overwhelming urge to add another one to his armoury.

    Reviews Nov 2000
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    SPL Transient Designer 2

    2-channel Dynamics Processor

    Paul White checks out the new two-channel version of SPL's innovative dynamics processor.

    Reviews Aug 2000
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    SPL Vitalizer MK2-T

    Psychoacoustic Enhancer

    The latest incarnation of SPL's enigmatic Vitalizer offers a mixture of the qualities of other models in the range. But does it have anything new to offer?

    Reviews Apr 1999
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    SPL Qure front panel.

    SPL Qure

    Parametric Equaliser

    We get down to some serious equalising with SPL's most Qurious product to date.

    Reviews Jan 1999
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    SPL Transient Designer

    Dynamics Processor

    SPL are remowned for producing highly specialised audio processing tools, and their latest product is no exception. Paul White attempts to unravel the mysteries of the Transient Designer dynamics processor.

    Reviews Oct 1998
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    SPL Stereo Vitalizer Jack

    Psychoacoustic Enhancer

    SPL's acclaimed Vitalizer design has always been a bit harder on the wallet than other maufacturers' models — until now. Derek Johnson plugs in their new enhancer for the rest of us...

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    SPL Charisma Dual-channel

    Valve Signal Processor

    Though this Charisma has only two channels instead of eight, it's lost none of the original charm.

    Reviews May 1998
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    SPL Dynamaxx

    Compressor/ Decompressor/ Limiter/ Gate

    SPL claim to have come up with a completely new type of compressor. Paul White puts their assertions to the test.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    SPL Machine Head

    Digital Tape Saturation Emulator

    Tape saturation is the latest thing to get the physical modelling treatment. Can two high-powered DSPs, however, really achieve the same effect as a strip of rust being dragged over a magnet? Paul White investigates.

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    SPL Stereo Vitalizer MkII

    Vitalizer

    Paul White tests the latest incarnation of the mysterious Vitalizer, and is non the wiser about how it actually works.

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    SPL Auto Dynamic De-esser

    Studio Processor

    Paul White makes a bid to trip up the SPL de-esser, but even the phrase 'several sad somnambulists sincerely take tea tearing tickets till sunset' does little to ruffle its electronic feathers.

    Reviews Jan 1997
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    SPL Charisma

    8-channel Valve Signal Processor

    More and more people are choosing digital recording systems, which is creating a spin-off market for valve processors designed to lend a more comfortable warmth to the resulting recordings. Hugh Robjohns looks at an SPL unit being touted as the ideal partner for eight tracks of digital.

    Reviews Nov 1996
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    SPL Tube Vitalizer

    Psychoacoastic Enhancer

    SPL's Vitalizers work in mysterious ways to give added life even to good recordings. Now a new model incorporates valves, compressors, filters, and extra controllability, for yet more audio magic. Paul White opens a box of tricks.

    Reviews Oct 1996
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    SPL Optimizer

    Equaliser

    Many musicians are familiar with the SPL Vitalizer. Now the company hope to win a space in the racks of studios world-wide with their new Optimizer. Dave Lockwood finds some unique features behind the company's unconventional approach to equaliser design.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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