Musikmesse 2011: SPL Introduces NEOS 120-Volt Mixer

Apr 5, 2011 4:43 PM


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German manufacturer SPL is introducing the NEOS mixer ($13,999 MSRP), which is based on the manufacturer's 120-volt technology. According to SPL, the NEOS was conceived first and foremost for mixing and monitoring applications in computer-based environments. The first public demonstration of the NEOS will take place during Musikmesse in Hall 5.1, stand B 82.

photo of SPL Neos

The compact 7U 19-inch mixer includes 12 stereo buses for 24 channels, and a master bus. Every stereo bus can be switched to mono, while the Master bus features a complete monitoring section. SPL recommends the NEOS for mixing stereo stems and specific mono channels in analog, after having done all the editing on a computer. 

With 120 volts (plus or minus 60 volts), the unit uses almost four times as much operational voltage as standard studio gear (plus or minus 15 to 18 volts). The manufacturer's technical data shows 30dB headroom at the input, a 125dB dynamic range, and a 100dB signal-to-noise ratio

"High-quality analog gear still offers unbeatable advantages when it comes to mixing and summing audio signals—it's no surprise that major recording studios are reluctant to giving up analog technology," says Wolfgang Neumann, SPL founder and R&D manager. "In terms of dynamic resolution, digital systems do a great job, but in order to match the time resolution of analog gear, their sampling rate would need to be somewhere around 500 kHz. When mixing, a high time-resolution is needed to really grasp the signal's structure, which is responsible for location and transparency, among other things. And that's where the advantages of analog technology come into effect, even more so when the technology applied is beyond standard performance, like in the case of the NEOS."

Download a NEOS product sheet in PDF format from SPL.

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