SPL Frontliner

$1,818.00 (excluding VAT)

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Estimated delivery: 4th - 9th October

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

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Estimated delivery: 4th - 9th October

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

2 year warranty and 30 day money back guarantee included

Once the product is delivered, you have 30 days to decide that you definitely want to keep it. If you decide it is not suitable for any reason, you can return it back to us for replacement or full refund, including standard delivery charges.

All Products are new unless stated, and include a minimum of 2 years warranty.

Some items are only eligible for money back guarantee if they are returned to us unused and sealed in the original packaging, and in the case of software, unregistered. These items include:

  • Software
  • CDs & DVDs
  • In-ear Monitors
  • Earplugs and Ear Protection
  • Mouthpieces, Reeds etc… for Woodwind and Brass instruments
  • Mouth / Lip Care Products

We are unable to accept returns of any custom made items designed to work together as a unique package, such as computer system built to a customer’s personal specifications. Exceptions may only be possible with prior agreement of the vendor, and may be subject to a cancellation fee.

  • Professional-Grade Recording Channel Strip
  • Discrete Transistors/Tube Hybrid Preamp
  • Three Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • Compressor, De-Esser, EQ Sections
  • Burr-Brown Operational Amplifiers

SPL Frontliner

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The SPL Frontliner is a professional-grade recording channel strip featuring three separate optimised inputs for mic/line/instrument sources. The discrete transistors and tube hybrid preamp deliver low noise operation and a high dynamic range. The Frontliner Recording Channel provides everything you need for truly pristine audio quality. The Recording Strip combines a preamp, de-esser, EQ, compressor and tube saturation for the ultimate vocal and instrument processing strip, along with high-grade operational amplifiers from Burr-Brown for high signal processing integrity. The highly-robust metal chassis is rack-mountable and includes a vintage-style VU meter for monitoring.

Product Ref: 91020

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Professional-Grade Recording Channel

The SPL Frontliner is a high-end recording channel strip combining a preamp, de-esser, EQ, compressor, tube saturation and op amps for a truly professional-grade recording unit. The Frontliner Recording Channel includes three optimises inputs for microphones, line signals and instruments, providing everything you need to capture studio-grade recordings in immense detail. Delving inside the Frontliner, reveals a discrete transistors/tube hybrid preamplifier. This premium-grade tube style preamp provides high dynamic range and low noise operation of semiconductors, while retaining the classic qualities of tube sounds. The high-processing quality and exceptional audio fidelity make it one of the most sought-after recording channels available on the market.

Burr-Brown Op Amps

High-grade operational amplifiers from Burr-Brown are utilised at critical positions. These military-grade op amps are designed to regulate voltage with extreme precision. This ensures the highest signal processing integrity possible, resulting in high performance audio. Burr-Brown op amps are renowned for their processing power, ensuring optimal audio quality, and capturing every nuance of your source audio.

Compression

The compressor section of the SPL Frontliner is operated by SPL's double VCA drive circuitry. The differential stage is designed to eliminate artifacts and side effects when compressing audio. The compressor';s half load per VCA is designed to reduce total harmonic distortion for improved signal integrity. One of the most unique features of the recording channel strip is the central star ground wiring scheme. This wiring scheme minimises influences that may affect the ground paths, resulting in a cleaner and improved tonal quality.l

De-Esser & EQ

The EQ section of the Frontliner includes dual semi-parametric filters for low and mid bands. There is also a bell filter that delivers a smooth and silk-like high end for added air. The bell filter is the ideal 'go-to' filter when your frequencies need saving. The EQ filters are rounded off with a Tube Saturation control for added versatility. The tonal qualities from the Tube Saturation can be used to improve the audio signal, similar to tape saturation effects. The premium-grade De-Esser features a highly unique design which can be adjusted with a single knob. The De-Esser utilises SPl’s method of phase cancellation, which is designed to reduce sibilant sounds. This innovative technology delivers a more natural sound than most compression methods, resulting in unobtrusive processing, that is reliable and easy-to-use.

Design & Connectivity

The highly-robust all-metal chassis is built-to-last, with its rack-mountable design only taking up 2 units of space on most racks. The vintage-style design of the SPL Frontliner is reminiscent of classic recording strips from the late 80s. Keeping with this aesthetic, SPL have incorporated vintage-style VU meters, that not only look good but provide precision monitoring for all your levels. Most integrated features include their own dedicated controls on the front-panel of the unit. Also included is a range of buttons that enable the 48V Phantom Power, High-Pass Filter as well as a Pad for hotter signals. The precise potentiometers allow you to dial in the right amount of level for each parameter.

Features

  • Professional-grade recording channel strip
  • Three separate, individually optimised inputs for microphones, line signals and instruments
  • Discrete transistors/tube hybrid preamplifier
  • 250 volts tube circuits
  • High-grade operational amplifiers from Burr-Brown
  • Integrated De-Esser
  • EQ Section with two semi-parametric filters
  • Compressor operated by SPL’s double VCA drive circuitry

Specifications

Input/Output Levels
  • Microphone Input @ 13dB gain: +9dBu
  • Line Input: +22dBu
  • Instrument Input: +11,5dBu
  • De-Esser Input: +21dBu
  • Compressor Input: +21dBu
  • EQ-/Tube Saturation Input: +21dBu
  • Maximum Output Level: 21.5dBu
Gain Control Ranges
  • Microphone Input: +13dB to +68dB
  • Line Input: -20dB to +10dB
  • Instrument Input: +6dB to +43dB
Frequency Range (-3dB)
  • Channel Strip: 10Hz to 50kHz
  • Microphone Preamplifier: <10Hz to 50kHz
  • Line Preamplifier: <10Hz to 50kHz
  • Instrument Preamplifier: <10Hz to 50kHz
  • De-Esser: <10Hz to 140kHz
  • Compressor: <10Hz to 180kHz
  • Equalizer/Tube Saturation: <10Hz to 60kHz
Signal To Noise Ratio (A-weighted)
  • Microphone Preamplifier (VU=30dB): -91.5dB
  • Line Preamplifier: -94.7dB
  • Instrument Preamplifier: -95.5dB
  • De-Esser: -97dB
  • Compressor: -97dB
  • Equalizer/Tube Saturation Line: -91dB
Dynamic range (unweighted)
  • Channel Strip 110dB (microphone input > main outputs, @ 30dB)
  • Channel Strip: 112dB (line input > main outputs)
  • Channel Strip: 112dB (instrument input > main outputs)
  • Microphone Preamplifier (@ 30dB): 110dB
  • Line Preamplifier: 114dB
  • Instrument Preamplifier: 105dB
  • De-Esser: 115dB
  • Compressor: 115dB
  • Equalizer/Tube Saturation Line: 112dB
  • E.I.N. microphone Preamplifier: -127dBu (@ 68dB gain, Rs=150Ohms, 20-22kHz)
Power Supply
  • Transformers: Two toroidal transformers
  • Audio Transformer: 20VA
  • Transformer Other Currents: 15VA
  • Fuses: 230V AC, 50Hz: 315mA/115V AC, 60Hz: 630mA
  • Voltage Selector: 115V/230V
  • Power Consumption: 29W
Physical
  • Housing (W x H x D): 482 x 88 x 261mm (Depth with controls and sockets)
  • Weight: 5,7kg/12,57 lbs (w/o converter & I/O transformers)

For more information on the SPL Frontliner please refer to the PDF above.
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