“SPL, Germany’s number one in terms of pro hardware, developed and launched an user-friendly version of their mastering flagship MasterBay called MasterBay S some time ago . This is the long overdue review.”
“…deep inside we all know that high-end hardware definitely sounds better. We all use software solutions because of laziness and the reasonable budget.”
“In contrast to the flagship MMC2, with the MasterBay S SPL adapts to the budget-price segment. The MasterBay S provides an extensive operation for up to four loops, with which individual processors or whole effect chains can be operated.”
“It hardly ever happens, that you can get to the heart of the result that quickly within a practical part like in this case. Everything works exactly how it should.”
“Anyone who ever worked with an analog summing unit will know exactly what I mean. If the conversion is at the highest level, sonically there is no argument against the use of hardware processors.”
“Just like anything else that comes from SPL, build quality, components and concept are top of the line…” once again they manage to get the best out of the components.”
“With the SPL MasterBay S, there is a patchbay alternative on the market which is second to none. With four individually controllable loops, you can route hardware processors in highest quality into a DAW within the mastering process to use the mostly higher-quality ‘outgear’ solution for further signal processing. All used components are of the highest quality, whereby the whole concept has to be declared as the ultimate problem solver. Anyone who wants to work fast and flexible with a DAW and analog hardware should definitely test this device!”
Find the complete review (in German) online at Amazona.de
In addition to the review, Amazona.de raffles an SPL MasterBay S. Find the raffle (description and terms of condition of participation only in German) here.
Our tip for all pro users: Also check out our 120V Hermes Mastering Router with dual Parallel Mix.