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SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp

SPL Gain Station 8 MKII
SPL Gain Station 8 MKII
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List Price: $8,499.00
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Product Code: 9999-08174


SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp

The SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp is the premium recording front end, that combines clean Class-A gain and character shaping tube gain on 60V audio rails - providing a versatile sound palette.

Its state-of-the-art design includes switchable pre-output stage peak and FET mode limiting, three input levels for microphone impedence matching, phase reversal, 50Hz high pass filter, 48-volt phantom power, source switching and variable-luminescence LED level indicators.

The SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp stages are based on proprietary discrete op-amps operating on a 60V rail. That doubles the voltage in traditional preamplifier designs, resulting in a superior 130dB dynamic range and an extraordinarily alive, detailed aural image.

This cutting-edge technology ensures that signals recorded with the GainStation 8 MkII have more presence and substance and will easily cut through a mix even at lower levels. Extremely low-frequency signals are tight and transparent with clear into- nation. Percussive transients are interpreted more precisely, which leads to a clearer rhythmic content and in turn a more solid rhythmic performance and perception.

If the SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp is used as a preamp, musicians will immediately notice that they hear and feel what they are playing much better, which leads to improved playing and a better recording. The track will have more punch and dynamics, greatly improved presence and almost palpable detail. In short, the instrument sounds incredibly authentic and alive. Beta-tests with the GainStation 8 showed that all instrumentalists enjoyed playing more and in many cases were truly amazed at what their trusty instrument was capable of.

Given this improvement in the input signal, one is much less inclined to equalize and compress—in many cases you will probably find that you can do without additional processing, which not only saves an enormous amount of time and processor power, but also has an extremely positive effect on the final result.

The GainStation8 itself offers effective sound-shaping capa- bilities at recording, most notably via the tube stage, which can be completely bypassed or continuously added to the preamp circuit, allowing everything from extremely subtle “warmth“ to a very noticeable tube saturation effect. The integrated limiter can be used to protect an AD converter from clipping, or for example to add punch to drum tracks, which in turn reduces or in many cases even eliminates the need for subsequent compression. Put simply, the more tracks are recorded with the GainStation8, the more solid and trans- parent—and easier to mix—the entire recording will be.

SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp Features

  • Separated Solid state and tube preamps. The tube preamp can be used additionally to the solid state stage to add tube saturations, for clean recordings it can be switched off.
  • Peak/FET Limiter
  • Switchable Mic Input Impedance (200 Ohms, 1,2 & 10 kOhms)
  • Custom-designed and built, fully discrete, class A op-amps (no off-the-shelf stuff here). The GainStation's op-amps feature 60-Volt operating voltage—twice as high as most common op-amps—for an incredible dynamic range.
  • All switching functions are handled by encapsulated relays with gold-plated contacts.
  • No-compromise, external power supply with extensive additional shielding and seven separately wound and regulated voltages
  • Lundahl input transforner option, also for single channels or channel pairs

SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp Specifications

  • Frequency range
    • ‹1Hz-125kHz (Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain off, +/- 0.5 dB)
    • ‹1Hz-310kHz (Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain off, +/- 3 dB)
    • ‹1Hz-125kHz (Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain 1dB, +/- 3 dB)
  • THD+N:
    • 0,00038 % (Clean Gain 24 dB, Tube Gain aus, 20-22 kHz, +25 dBu output level)
    • 0,032% (Clean Gain 23dB, Tube Gain 1dB, 20-22kHz, +25dBu output level)
  • Rauschen:
    • -99,6 dBu (Clean Gain 10dB, Tube Gain aus, 20-22 kHz, A-weighted)
    • -94,6 dBu (Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain aus, 20-22 kHz, A-weighted)
    • -68,4 dBu (Clean Gain 60dB, Tube Gain aus, 20-22 kHz, A-weighted)
    • -86,5 dBu (Clean Gain 20dB, Tube Gain 10 dB, 20-22kHz, A-weighted)
    • E.I.N: 128.4dB (Clean Gain 60dB, Tube Gain aus, 20-22kHz, A-weighted, 40 Ohm)
  • Dynamik range: (20-22kHz, A-weightedt): ›130dB
  • CCMR: ›80 dB (Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain aus, 1kHz, Input -30dBu, without Lundahl transformer)
  • Maximum output level: +34dBu
  • Maximum output level (Mic Input, Hi-Z Input): +17dBu
  • Input impedance (Instrument Input): ›1M ohms
  • Output impedance: ›75 ohms
  • Phantom power: 48 V +/-2 V
  • Power consumption: 140W
  • Dimensions & Weight:
    • (W x H x D): 482 x 88 x 237mm; 19" x 3.46" x 9.33"
    • Weight: 6,3kg; 13.9lbs
  • External power supply: (W x H x D): 219 x 85 x 257 mm; 8.62" x 3.35" x 10.12"
  • Weight incl. power cord: 6,8kg; 17.7lbs

SPL Gain Station 8 MKII Preamp Includes

  • SPL Gain Station 8 MK2 Preamp
  • Power Supply
  • Manual
  • Two Year Warranty

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