|GainStation 8 (Drawing)|
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With its new GainStation series, SPL demonstrates its expertise in microphone preamplifier design.
Available as a compact, free-standing single channel unit or a 19"/2 unit 8-channel device, the GainStations employ two separately controllable preamp stages; a transistor stage offering up to 56 dB and a tube preamp stage providing 26 dB of gain.
The German manufacturer sees two major advantages to this design: first of all, optimal gain points can easily be determined for each stage and combined at will, providing perfect level settings with minimal noise and easy sound tailoring. Secondly, flexible tube sound variations are readily available during recording.
SPL targets the GainStations for the high-end recording sector, and the specs follow suit: 60-Volt operating voltage, fully discrete Class A circuitry throughout and +28 dB output level. The feature set includes peak and FET limiters, separate instrument inputs, switchable input impedance for optimal mic performance and an output control.
The Gain Station 1 is expected to ship in May or June 2003 with a suggested retail will be around 949 Euros (without 24/96 AD-converter) and 1049 Euros with 24/96 AD converter). The Gain Station 8 will be available in July/August 2003. The retail prices are not yet available.