SPL Crescendo 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier (Silver)

BH #SPLCRES1170 • MFR #SPLCRES1170
SPL Crescendo 8-Channel Microphone Preamplifier (Silver)
Key Features
  • 8 x Mic Inputs
  • 120V Rails for Low Noise / High Headroom
  • 8 x Gain Knobs
  • Phantom Power, Pad & Polarity Switches
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Designed for audio engineers who want an absolutely clean, transparent, distortion-free tone when tracking microphone-based sound sources, the SPL Crescendo is an eight-channel preamplier. Exceedingly low distortion and noise are both made possible by the 120V rails, giving you up to 70 dB of gain without any signs of overdriving. Each channel can capture a frequency range of 20 Hz to 50 kHz with lots of dynamic range. 
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SPL Crescendo Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Voltage Preamp
  • 3SUPRA Op-Amp
  • 4Mic Gain Knob
  • 5Input and Output Stages with Low THD and CMMR
  • 6Servo Circuitry and Output Stage as Current Amplification
  • 7Individual Controls per Channel
  • 8Integrated Shielded Power Supply

Designed for audio engineers who want an absolutely clean, transparent, distortion-free tone when tracking microphone-based sound sources, the SPL Crescendo is an eight-channel preamplier. Exceedingly low distortion and noise are both made possible by the 120V rails, giving you up to 70 dB of gain without any signs of overdriving. Each channel can capture a frequency range of 20 Hz to 50 kHz with lots of dynamic range. 

Each channel sports a gain knob, a 48V phantom power switch, a pad switch, a polarity-inversion selector, and a switch for reducing the level displayed on the dedicated VU meter. The unit as a whole sports eight inputs and outputs. Connections are possible via XLR I/O on each channel, or through DB25 connectors, should you want to route this unit straight into a compatible patchbay or ADC.

A transformerless design, Class-A operation in the output stage, and SUPRA op-amps facilitate not only a low-noise performance, but the ability to drive long cable runs on the output side without sonic degradation. A shielded power supply is built into the unit, which ensures noise-free operation from the power of this preamp.

High-Voltage Preamp

Thanks to the 120 VDC audio rail, this preamp sports a large dynamic range, a low amount of distortion, and a neutral tone. This means you can capture the nuances of various sound sources without worrying about overloading the preamp.

SUPRA Op-Amp

The SPL SUPRA op-amps enable an internal operating voltage of ±60V, which makes the unit more than capable to amplify the fastest transients, the finest of details, and the complete frequency spectrum with almost inaudible distortion.

Mic Gain Knob

Use the gain knob for the setting of the pre-amplification to control a range from 18 to 70 dB. For high-level signals, which do not need to be amplified that much, you can use a PAD with -20 dB of attenuation. Thus the control range of the amplification is shifted to -2 to 50 dB.

Input and Output Stages with Low THD and CMMR

The differential amplifiers in the input stage are built-up with transistor pairs, consolidated in in a special housing. A precise matching of the transistors, as well as thermal coupling, guarantee high common mode rejection and very low THD values. The choice of transistors and electrical resistors has a massive impact on the sound.

Servo Circuitry and Output Stage as Current Amplification

The discrete op-amps of the output stage are able to drive long cable paths without any problems. The output stages operate as current amplification, which, with 6mA quiescent current, also provide Class A operation. SPL minimized the use of coupling capacitors to avoid their sonic disadvantages which include diffusion, blurring, and loss of dynamics. However, to eliminate DC voltage, active servo circuits are used.

Individual Controls per Channel

Each of the eight preamplifiers of the Crescendo provides its own VU meter, phase reversal switch, phantom power selector, -20 dB PAD switch, and 10 dB reduction switch for the display of the VU Meter's level.

Integrated Shielded Power Supply

The toroidal transformer power supply is integrated in the housing of the Crescendo. To avoid electrical interference from the power supply on the preamplifier, the power supply is shielded with a special Mu-metal sheet. The transformer itself is also Mu-metal encapsulated.

SPL Crescendo Specs

Connections1 x DB25 input
8 x XLR inputs
1 x DB25 output
8 x XLR outputs
Controls8 x VU-10 switch
8 x 48 V phantom power switch
8 x Polarity inverse switch
8 x Pad switch
8 x Gain knobs
Phantom Power48 V, via 8 dedicated phantom power switches
Pad-20 dB
Frequency Response20 Hz to 50 kHz, -3 dB
GainMic preamp: 70 dB
Input Impedance10 kOhms
Output Impedance< 600 Ohms
Noise-69.7 dBA at 60 dB gain
-87.5 dBA at 30 dB gain
DistortionMeasured with FFT:
-96 dBu at 60 dB gain
-120 dBu at 20 dB Gain
CMRR> 65 dBu / 1 kHz at 60 dB Gain
> 75 dBu / 1 kHz at 30 dB Gain
THD & Noise0.04% at 60 dB gain
0.008% at 30 dB of gain
0.00009% at 10 dB of gain
EIN129.5 dB at 60 dB gain, 150 Ohm
134.4 dB at 60 dB gain, 40 Ohm
Power Consumption51.6 W at 230 V
50.5 W at 115 V
DimensionsNot specified by manufacturer
WeightNot specified by manufacturer
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