If you’re based in a town called Niederkruechten (Germany) it makes sense to keep the company name to a minimum and avoid too much downtime just writing the mailing address. SPL specialises in boutique audio gear and has launched two new products, its Crimson USB Audio Interface & Controller and the Madison 16+16 Channel Studio I/O System. Crimson combines a USB interface with high-quality pre-amps and a separate, fully-featured monitor controller. The 24-bit/192kHz-capable Crimson claims 30 I/O channels (10 recording and 20 playback), two boutique-level discrete Class A, +/-30V high-voltage mic pre-amps, two Hi-Z instrument pre-amps, two separate headphone amps (individually controllable), dual stereo speaker set connections (and control); monitor signal mix function (from playback and recording paths), MIDI input and output, plus USB 2.0 and S/PDIF input and output.
The Madison 16+16 Channel Studio I/O System is a 1U rack-mountable unit offering 16 input and 16 output channels — who would have guessed? The Madison is designed for integrating professional analogue equipment into larger multichannel infrastructures and bring the analogue SPL sound to MADI-equipped digital consoles, audio routers, or PC MADI cards. An optional redundant power supply is available. Worldwide availability is being slated as June 2013.
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Audio Chocolate www.audiochocolate.com.au