SPL Stereo Vitalizer MK2-T – No Longer Available
The SPL Vitalizer MK2-T is the tube version of the Vitalizer MK2. The tubes are employed in the mid-hi processing and in the Stereo Expander circuitry for the summed signal. Coil filtering stages ideally complement vintage tube sound characteristics. Multi award winning patented technology. Likely the best audio enhancer available.
The Vitalizer applies psychoacoustic and audiometric principles to achieve a verifiable improvement while enhancing the sound. The Vitalizer processes only the original signal and generates no artifacts. SPL's patented filtering techniques highlight the richness of the audio signal in all its detail, while the interactive parameters make it possible to alter the sound in a musical and effective way. This unique combination of precise filtering and intuitive usability enable you to instantly make any music production more stimulating and natural. Music and speech are made clearly distinguishable and comprehensible, loudness more intense, and the whole soundscape becomes wider.
The frequency spectrum is usually divided into three frequency bands: highs, mids and lows, all of which are provided in the Vitalizer, even though, as opposed to conventional usage, low and mid filter settings are interrelated. The high frequency control allows processing of high frequencies and harmonics. You can adjust each of the three frequency bands separately and control the intensity of the process independently.
- Disarmingly ease of use, intuitive operation by ear
- Ideal for stereo sources
- Connection to master or subgroup inserts
- Excellent noise specs
- Soft and tight bass colors
- Bass compressor
- Mid, high and harmonics processing
- Variable input level
- Stereo expander
- Hard bypass relay (power fail safety)
- Balanced I/Os over XLR and TRS sockets
In a nutshell, the hype is real. Once you wrap your head around this box and how the individual aspects very distinctly effect one another (this is not something you can easily intuit - read the manual as otherwise you may quickly become frustrated as this is unit is unique in how it is best dialed in), it is basically a clarity machine. Mud dissipates, the low end becomes both fuller and more controlled, the midrange sparkles, individual instruments and voices in the mix find their own place, and that stereo width is sparkling magic (and mono compatible!). When dialed in, this unit can lift a mix up in the field, letting otherwise veiled energy come forward. I am not entirely sure how this is achieved in the analogue realm, but it is no joke. While I use it exclusively for mastering, this could easily have functions for individual instruments or busses in a mixing situation. A unit where, if you take the time to set it up correctly for a track, it will always make an improvement. Thanks to Vintage King for assisting me with getting my hands on one - it’s not leaving the rack.
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