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USB sound interface with high-quality preamps and fully-featured monitor controller.

 

SPL Crimson combines a USB interface with high-quality preamps and a separate, fully-featured monitor controller. You can play and play back, record and convert, control and listen with one single device.

So all you essentially need for a truly professional recording setup is the Crimson and a DAW.

 

Special Features

-Max. six recording and six playback channels

-10 source connections, 20 monitoring channels

-34V operational voltage for pro levels up to +22 dBu

-Two discrete mic preamplifiers

-Two instrument preamplifiers (Hi-Z, +22 dBu)

-Two separate headphones amps

-Connect and control two stereo speaker sets

-Monitor mix from recording and DAW return paths

-Individual artist monitoring signal, with talkback option

-Hot-plugging iPad recording/monitoring (Class 2 compliance)

-Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480MBit/s), MIDI I/O, SPDIF I/O

-WIN XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (32/64 Bit), MAC OSX 10.4/higher, iOS 6/higher

-Driver for MAC OSX Mavericks

-24Bit/192kHz converter

-HxWxD: 60x330x207 mm

 

With or without DAW

 

Crimson is designed to operate with your Digital Audio Workstation. But you can also do a lot with it as a stand-alone device: plug in an instrument and play. Connect a microphone and sing along.

Mix your own monitor signal with playback or guide tracks from any source – including your smartphone. What you are playing is not bad? Turn on the DAW and record it.

 

A new concept with phenomenal value

At SPL we design audio equipment in all price ranges – except cheap gear. Therefore each SPL unit provides professional quality. The Crimson leaps forward and sets a new sound quality benchmark in its price range: We have re-designed proven circuitries and created a new, fully integrated design. Together with new production methods we are able to break through usual price limits.

So with the Crimson interface and controller you have a boutique standard recording and monitoring device at a fraction of the price we used to know from traditional engineering and manufacturing.

 

Recording and DAW return channels, Inputs and Outputs

Recording Channels

-2 microphone inputs (XLR) 

-2 Instrument inputs (TRS) 

-4 balanced line inputs (TRS)

-2 SPDIF 

Note: any 4 analog channels can be recorded simultaneously. Including S/P-DIF, six channels can be recorded simultaneously.

Playback Channels 

-4 channels via USB (DAW 1-4) 

Analog Inputs (Sources)

-2 TRS line input channels (balanced) 

-2 RCA line input channels (rear, unbalanced) 

-1 mini jack stereo input (unbalanced) 

Digital Inputs

-1 USB

-1 SPDIF stereo input (coax) 

-1 MIDI 

Analog Outputs

-Speakers A: 2 XLR sockets (L/R, balanced)

-Speakers B: 2 TRS sockets (L/R, balanced, w. trimming)

-2 headphone sockets (TRS)

Digital Outputs

-1 USB

-1 SPDIF stereo output (coax)

-1 MIDI

 

USB Interface

Firmware updates via USB.

Hardware

-USB2 audio/MIDI system

-High-performance, 32 bit microcontroller

-24 bit audio processing

-6 input and 6 output channels up to 192 kHz

-Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz or 192kHz

-Fixed master clock for lowest jitter

-True 1:1 audio, no sample rate conversion or clock recovery

-SPDIF and MIDI I/Os

Software

-Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (32 and 64 bit), Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

-Multi-application mode, simultaneous ASIO and/or WDM playback

-Low-latency Mac OS X (ASIO-like) HAL plug-in driver

-Low-latency Windows ASIO and WDM driver

-Driver feedback synchronization to hardware clock

-ASIO control panel for Windows and Mac

-USB Audio Class 2.0 compliance (asynchronous mode)

 

Input Sockets

-Mic Inputs 1 -2: XLR

-Line Inputs 1–4: 6,3mm TRS

-Instrument Inputs 3–4: 6,3mm TRS

-Source 1 Input: 6,3mm TRS

-Source 2 Input: RCA

-Source 3 Input: 3,5mm TRS

-Midi Input: DIN (5 pins)

-SPDIF Input: RCA

 

Output Sockets

-Speaker A Output: XLR

-Speaker B Output: 6,3mm TRS

-Midi Output: DIN (5 pins)

-SPDIF Output: RCA

-Headphone Outputs: 6,3mm TRS

 

Input Impedances

-Microphone Input: 10 kOhm

-Line Inputs: 10kOhm unbalanced, 20kOhm balanced

-Instrument Inputs: 1,1 Mohm

-Source 1 Input: 10kOhm unbalanced, 20kOhm balanced

-Source 2 Input: 10kOhm

-Source 3 Input: 10kOhm

-SPDIF Input: 75 Ohm

 

Output Impedances

-Speaker A Output: 75 Ohm unbalanced, 150 Ohm balanced

-Speaker B Output: 75 Ohm unbalanced, 150 Ohm balanced

-Headphone Outputs: 33 Ohm

 

Maximum Input Levels

-Mic Inputs: +14,5 dBu (Gain fully left)

-Line Inputs: +22,5 dBu

-Instrument Inputs: +24,0 dBu (Gain fully left)

-Source 1 Input: +22,5 dBu

-Source 2 Input: +22,5 dBu

-Source 3 Input: +22,5 dBu

 

Maximum Output Levels

-Speaker A Output: +22,5 dBu

-Speaker B Output: +22,5 dBu

 

Mic Preamplifier (balanced, XLR)

-Gain Control: +8dB - +60dB

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Noise (unweighted, 30dB gain, input termination 150 Ohm): -90 dBu

-Equivalent Input Noise: -128 dBu

-Common Mode Rejection Ratio: < -70 dBu

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (30dB gain, input termination 150 Ohm): 0,003 %

-High Pass Filter: fg = 80Hz, 6dB/Oct.

-Phantom Power: 48Volt

 

Instrument Input (unbalanced, 6,3mm TRS)

-Gain Control: -6dB - +31dB

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 100 kOhm): -85 dBu

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 100 kOhm): 0,005 %

 

Line Input (balanced, 6,3mm TRS)

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -95 dBu

-Common Mode Rejection ratio: < -60 dBu

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,002 %

 

Source 1 Input (balanced, 6,3mm TRS)

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -95 dBu

-Common Mode Rejection ratio: < -60 dBu

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,002%

 

Source 2 Input (unbalanced, RCA)

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -90 dBu

-Noise (unweighted, -10dBV, input termination 600 Ohm): -85 dBu

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,003 %

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (-10dBV, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,003 %

 

Source 3 Input (unbalanced, 3,5mm TRS)

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Noise (unweighted, unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -88 dBu

-Noise (unweighted, +15dB gain, input termination 600 Ohm): -76 dBu

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (unity gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,003 %

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (+15dB gain, input termination 600 Ohm): 0,005 %

 

Headphone Outputs (stereo, 6,3mm TRS)

-Frequency Response: 10Hz - >200kHz

-Power@0dBu: 47 Ohm load: 13 mW/300 Ohm load: 1,7 mW/600 Ohm load: 1,0 mW

-Power max: 47 Ohm load: 670 mW/300 Ohm load: 265 mW/600 Ohm load: 150 mW

-THD+N Ratio@1kHz (Power@0dBu): 47 Ohm: 0,0026 %/300 Ohm: 0,002 %/600 Ohm: 0,002 %

 

AD Conversion

-Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

-Dynamic range converter chip (manufacturer's specification): 115 dB

-Dynamic range measured via Line Input > AD Converter > DAW > SPDIF Output:

-44.1kHz: 110dB (unweighted)

-48kHz: 110dB (unweighted) 

-96kHz: 107dB (unweighted)

-THD+N ratio @ 1kHz (-1dBFS):

-44.1kHz: 0,01 %

-48kHz: 0,01 %

-96kHz: 0,01 %

0dBFS = +15 dBu

 

DA Conversion

-Dynamic range converter chip (manufacturer's specification): 115 dB

-Dynamic range measured via SPDIF Input > DAW > DA Converter > Speaker Output:

-44,1kHz: 106dB (unweighted)

-48kHz: 106dB (unweighted)

-96kHz: 104dB (unweighted)

-THD+N ratio @ 1kHz (-1dBFS):

-44,1kHz: 0,006 %

-48kHz: 0,006 %

-96kHz: 0,007 %

 

Power Consumption

-16,8 Watt

 

Power Supply

-External Power Supply, Input 100–240V AC/50–60 Hz; Output 12V DC/1,5A

-Internal Power Supplies: Audio: +/-17V, Digital: +5V and +3,3V

 

Dimensions and Weight

-Housing (H x W x D in mm): 60x330x207 (BxT=bottom panel w/o sockets, H w/o controls)

-Weight: 2,7 kg

 

Notes: 0dBu = 0,775 V. Specifications are subject to change without notice.