BiG @ Barry Rudolph

“I want one!”

Producer and recording & mixing engineer Barry Rudolph published a review about our new 500 series module BiG. You can find the complete review online. Here we provide a summary.

“SPL’s BiG is a double-slot 500 series module designed by the same minds that brought you the SPL Iron Mastering Compressor. BiG uses stereo information – audio with little or no correlation between the left and right channels and allows its manipulation using three simple hardware controls. The big thing about BiG is that its processing collapses accurately down to mono and is phase accurate – no matter how much you use.”

“A signal derived from the stereo L and R inputs of BiG is algebraically summed to produce a full-spectrum mono signal that no longer contains out-of-phase (non-correlated) information such as reverb and delays. This signal is processed through a specialized filter set that has three, interacting controls: Range, Stage, and Bigness. With all of these controls set at zero, BiG’s output is identical to its input except for a slight increase in overall level.”

“The Stage control moves the frequencies set up in Range backward or forward in the stereo field with the effect of the sound either wrapping around you or it is positioned more in front of your listening position. The Bigness control adjusts the overall intensity of all processing. Lastly, there is a switchable 1.5dB @ 80Hz bass boost using a passive filter circuit similar to the Iron’s AirBass function. For me, this can stay on all the time.”

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