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SPL Premium MicPre's and RackPack Arrived today!

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by audiokid, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I am so excited! Unpacking now.

    Loaded some pictures of my rig. Its like Christmas.



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  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    wow, I am blown away. Pristine, lush, incredible detail. oh my. The RackPack is solid, looks great and is equipped with a beast external power supply that will handle all 8 pre's no problem.This is very well made. rave rave rave.
    I cannot wait to start using these. What a sound, exactly as described. Transparent and huge, silky and noble . DPA 2006's and a U87 on round one and oo la la. I feel heaven; like a guy that just found his maker. I need to calm down. smoke

    SPL/ Paul, thank you for your recommendation on these. Pass this onto Wolfgang, he is brilliant!

    I have a question about the Output 2. I understand its benefit for zero latency monitoring, sending to the FOH but the manual also mentions running one into the other? Can you explain that?

  3. SPL

    SPL Active Member

    Hi Chris,

    great to read that now ... be sure I forward this to Wolfgang and everyone here.

    The power supply is even over-dimensioned for the max. supply demands with tube processing modules ... but with eight pres, it will always scratch its back, no matter what happens.

    The note on Output 2 is meant for other module configurations than a straight preamp rack (channel strip with pres and processing for example). We intentionally have no internal signal bus in the RackPack frame. Two outputs for each module are simply more flexible: you just route the signals from module to module and for another sequence you simply change wiring. And with double outputs you can always route the second one externally from each module. In a channel strip for example you can record a preamp output directly (backup) and the main output after all processing modules.

    In live recording with preamp racks, we use the analog split via double outputs consequently ... output 1 to converter/DAW, output 2 to another recorder with analog inputs and own converters. If the DAW route fails, it does not help to have a hard disk backup of it :)

  4. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    This looks fantastic! Which mic pre's did you get? The premium or preference.
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for chiming in right away.. Of course duh, I wasn't thinking about other modules like an eq, compressor etc, got it!

    Does Output 2 sound the same?
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    8 SPL Premium's thumb
  7. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Wow, I want to record at your place audiokid.....
  8. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Thanks Don, that's my hybrid rig.
  9. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Chistmas time in the Great White North! Send me the Gold Mic and I'll "store " it for you......LOL!!!

    I see you 'broke down' and bought a REAL LA2A. Vocal monster box.
  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Oh man, the LA-2A is incredible. And as you stated many times, Dave, just plugging into one sounds good! Highly recommended. What a thrill having gear like this.
    Yup, I keep thinking about you when I look at the GoldMike Mark 2. I have a great price on it ;) I'll even drop it 100 for you.

    SPL Paul, will the RackPack fit other 500 serious manufacturers modules or is it specific to SPL only? With a PSU like that :eek:, and built like a tank, its got to be the one of best built 500 series case on the market.

    This is my first experience with the 500 series. I had no idea they could be this kind of quality. Aside from the module design, a clear advantage is the external power supply. And, why I'm thinking this beast is well suited for any 500 series modules.

    When the Premiums are cranked they are very quiet. I tested them with ribbons yesterday and they were lush. However, they were Royer condensers so I can't speak for the others. I still had tons of headroom.

    I noticed a mass increase in level from 8 to 10. I can't imagine needing that but something big was clearly there. Whats that all about, Paul?
  11. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    I've been into 500 series for about 4 years and never had an issue with any module. It is a perfectly competent format. My API lunch box has went with me for live recording gigs, big venue live mixes, live radio mixes etc. Its bullet proof and sounds awesome.
  12. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I'm awfully poor right now. After the bike wreck and no work plus I updated some things that really needed it......Great price for that piece and it would complement my setup completely.
    Ah well. I'm going back to work soon! Then we can talk.
  13. SPL

    SPL Active Member

    RackPack modules are a proprietary SPL format which is not compatible to API's 500 series. We have three RackPack frame versions: RackPack 8 (yours), RackPack 4 (four modules) - and the RackPack 500. We were in talks with API, but our designs did not fit into the API format for several reasons. In order to offer a solution to get API and SPL modules together, we concluded to design the RackPack 500 frame which allows to mount 4 SPL RackPack and 500 series modules (RackPack 500: Sound Performance Lab).

    These pots have no linear regulation characteristics, but an (anti) logarithmic characteristic - common thing for mic preamps.
    Mathematically, a logarithmic ratio is the opposite of an exponential ratio - a logarithmus helps to calculate with strongly growing values. Sound pressure level in dB also is an logarithmic scale, for example.
    An anti-logarithmic pot characteristic provides a high resolution in the important control ranges and allows to squeeze a large control bandwidth. With a linear range in that resolution, you'd have to turn the pot twice :)
    "anti logarithmic" means the pots start with a long control way for the first/main level range and end up with a short control way for the very last level travel - no problem as it is indeed nearly never needed anyway.
  14. audiokid

    audiokid Staff


    Because I am posting here as a reference to another post and feel an update is in order. Since I began hybrid mixing and mastering my latest setup was this:
    However, I am to much surprise optimizing my process once again and removing most of the analog mixing gear I once thought was beneficial.

    There is nothing more fun and rewarding than using analog gear tracking, but, now that I am using Sequoia 13 for both my tracking and uncoupled mixdown process, there is no doubt , once ITB, stay ITB.
    The question now, can I keep a smile on without the two DAW mixdown? So far that seems to be where hybrid was fooling me. Its not the gear as much as it is the process.

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