Mid/side processor featuring pioneering 120V technology, designed for mastering and audio production. It facilitates the precise separation and manipulation of stereo signals into Mid and Side components, allowing independent processing. Control options for both Mid and Side signals, balanced I/Os, and integration with the Hermes Mastering Router provide versatility. Its standout 120V technology offers superior audio quality and increased headroom, setting it apart in the industry. Manufactured in Germany, the Gemini reflects SPL's commitment to excellence, making it an invaluable tool for professionals seeking advanced control and exceptional audio quality in their work.
At a glance
- Mid/side processor
- Uses pioneering 120V technology
- Ideal for mastering and audio production
- Separates stereo signals into Mid and Side components
- Independent processing of Mid and Side signals
- Balance and Trim controls for precise signal adjustments
- Solo functionality for exclusive monitoring
- Inserts for integrating external processors
- Elliptical filter for shifting low-frequency content
- Stereo Width control for customizable stereo image
- Balanced I/Os with Neutrik XLR connectors
- Integration with the Hermes Mastering Router
- Exceptional audio quality and increased headroom with 120V technology
- Manufactured in-house in Germany by SPL
The SPL Gemini is a pioneering mid/side processor, incorporating the innovative 120V technology to control audio processing precisely. It finds utility in mastering and audio production, offering valuable capabilities for audio professionals.
The Advancement of 120V Technology
In mastering, the SPL Gemini introduces a novel application of 120V technology in mid/side processing. M/S processing offers targeted access to individual elements within a mix, rendering it a valuable tool for audio professionals.
The Gemini's distinguishing feature is its ability to deconstruct the stereo signal into its fundamental constituents: the "Mid" and "Side." The "Mid" signal encompasses in-phase components like vocals, snare, and bass, while the "Side" signal represents out-of-phase elements like guitars, pads, and cymbals. This separation facilitates precise processing.
Control and Precision
The Gemini permits effortless alteration of stereo width, employing an elliptical filter to transition low-frequency content from the side to the mid, enhancing low-end precision and impact.
Precise Signal Control
The processor provides detailed control over both "Mid" and "Side" signals. Users can fine-tune the centre position with the Balance control and adjust signal levels with the Trim control. The Solo function enables exclusive monitoring of the centre signal, while the Insert buttons facilitate external processor integration.
Optimising the Side Signal
The "Side" signal also boasts a Solo function and a switchable insert for external processing. The elliptical filter enhances bass precision by redirecting low frequencies from the side to the mid. The Stereo Width control allows users to customise the stereo image to their preferences.
All inputs, outputs, sends, and returns have balanced Neutrik XLR connectors. The Gemini integrates seamlessly with the Hermes Mastering Router, permitting the creation of processing chains that merge conventional L/R processing with M/S processing.
Gemini and Hermes Collaboration
The Gemini's M/S encoder and decoder stages can be effortlessly integrated into the Hermes, providing unmatched flexibility. Processors between the M/S encoder and decoder handle mid/side signals, with mono devices easily accommodated. This integration facilitates the fine-tuning of processing chains to achieve desired sonic outcomes.
The Power of 120V Technology
The SPL Gemini leverages 120V technology to deliver superior audio quality. Operating at a DC voltage of 120 volts—four times that of conventional semiconductor op-amps—achieves exceptional dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio, and headroom. This translates to audio experiences characterised by detail and clarity.
Compared to devices with lower operating voltages, the Gemini's 120V technology offers substantial headroom, accommodating input levels of +32.5 dBu with a 12 dB advantage. This ensures that all audio components consistently operate within their optimal range, resulting in a pleasurable and fatigue-free listening experience.
Craftsmanship in Germany
The SPL Gemini reflects a legacy of excellence, with SPL's commitment to 120V technology dating back to the 1990s. The technology is the foundation for all SPL premium products, spanning mastering, studio, and hi-fi applications.
Audio Excellence at Your Fingertips
Explore the transformative capabilities of 120V technology in your audio production with the SPL Gemini. Immerse yourself in a world of enhanced sound quality, precision control, and expanded creative possibilities. Elevate your craft and experience audio processing excellence with the Gemini—a convergence of innovation and perfection.