The SPL Vitalizer Mk3-T and MixDream XP Mk2 were introduced in November last year, but both of these studio tools are now available for purchase. Vitalizer Mk3-T is the latest version of the popular Vitalizer, which works with methods based on psychoacoustics. MixDream XP Mk2 is a summer update with Class A technology.
SPL Vitalizer Mk3-T
The SPL Vitalizer Mk3-T still contains the manufacturer’s proprietary circuitry. This 19-inch device is designed to serve as a dedicated sound designer. SPL reps promise even more vibrant sound with detail and transparency, while the Vitalizer itself will also deliver higher perceived volume and extended bass backbone (if needed).
The drive controls an internal filter network and an additional LED indicates overload. A control called “Bass Sound” makes the bass softer and warmer when turned to the left, while turning it to the right makes it more punchy and harder. There is also a one-button compressor with which the SPL Vitalizer Mk3-T compresses only the bass processing path, while leaving the original bass component unprocessed.
Featuring Mid-Hi-Tune and Process controls, the SPL Vitalizer Mk3-T handles the mids and highs and their relationship to the bass range very cleverly using a Sovtek 12AX7 dual triode tube. LC-EQ also creates more presence and punch in the midrange and promises transparent sound with silky highs. A stereo expander increases the stereo width of the signal – here the Vitalizer also uses a Sovtek 12AX7 dual triode tube.
Like the latest new devices, the SPL Vitalizer Mk3-T has a sleek black design and internal audio voltage of +/- 18V, which should further improve the sound.
MixDream ХР Мк2
In addition to the new design, MixDream XP Mk2 now offers individually switchable 18dB level reduction for the final four stereo channels. Internal operating voltage +/-30V ensures the best sound quality.
If you want to sum signals from your DAW in analog form, you’ll want to look at the 19-inch unit. Analog summation promises to improve depth and spatial gradation. If you’re looking to upgrade from an audio interface, then you need to know that the MixDream XP Mk2 only has DB25 inputs. But there are suitable multi-core cables, such as the Hosa DTP-802. SPL representatives themselves suggest combining it with a digital-to-analog converter on the product’s official website.
The output control offers a control range of -10 dB to +5 dB, and the activated variable output switch provides unity gain: the output level exactly matches the input level. Outputs are only available in XLR format, but there are two. In addition to the main output, there is also a monitor output. The expansion input is handy (also only available in XLR format): it gives the SPL MixDream XP Mk2 two additional inputs that can also be used in stereo.
More details on the official website: SPL.