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Tube Vitalizer

Program Equalizer. Patented. Legendary.

A completely different type of EQ, with which almost virtuoso interventions in the sound image become possible. When mixing, mastering and restoring, the Tube Vitalizer goes beyond traditional equalization.

The Vitalizer is based on findings of psychoacoustics and audiometry. 

Its filter network is one of the few patented filters.

It makes the richness of detail of audio signals more audible. Interventions in the sound image are more of a musical nature. Music productions sound more natural, lively, differentiated, easier to understand, more deeply layered and more widely spread apart.

Vitalizing

These are the five controls of the Vitalizer core circuit.

Drive controls the level going into the filter network. The bass emphasizes a soft or hard tone. The coil filter (LC) makes the bass more pithy and the compressor catches level peaks.

Mid-Hi Tune sets the frequency of operation above which frequencies are boosted and below which frequencies are cut.

Process Level adjusts the intensity of Mid-Hi Tune and bass.

In addition to the Vitalizer core circuit, the Tube Vitalizer has a high frequency and harmonics processing stage with Frequency and Intensity controls and switchable coil filter (LC) as well as compressor.

The switchable tube stage is constructed with three tubes: first, left and right  pass through their channel output tube, then the channels pass jointly through the third tube as a stereo signal.

As a little treat, the Tube Vitalizer offers a shunt limiter. This limits the level according to a characteristic curve tuned to the tubes and provides the signal with a sonic effect similar to the saturation effect of analog tape machines.

The De-Masking

A key feature of the Vitalizer is the unmasking of superimposed sound components. The Vitalizer thereby relates the time of perception of a frequency to its amplitude. Through a minimal temporal offset of loud frequencies, quieter, previously superimposed sound components are “de-masked” and thus become audible.

The Adaptation to Curves of Equal Loudness

The non-linear sensitivity of the human hearing is described already in the 1930s by the “Fletcher-Munson curves”.

These “curves of equal loudness” (today defined by the standard ISO 226:2003) illustrate the equal perception of  loudness as a measure of sound pressure level, over the frequency spectrum, for which a listener perceives a constant loudness when presented with pure steady tones.

The Vitalizer adapts the frequency spectrum to the curves of equal loudness, which improves the loudness perception in particular.

ISO 226:2003 curves
Vitalizer curves with cuts below 20Hz

“I have been doing some re-issues and the SPL Tube Vitalizer has been saving me!
It has been a fantastic tool for old tapes.”

Bob Ludwig

Gateway Mastering & DVD

Inputs & Outputs

The two channels of the Tube Vitalizer are equipped with Neutrik XLR sockets and jack sockets connected in parallel. The signal transmission is electronically balanced with a nominal level of +6 dB.

Reviews

Studio Magazin
Production Partner
SOS, Paul White, Magical Mystery Tour
Production Partner, Restaurierung
Klangveredler, Markus Zehner

Tube Vitalizer Blog Posts

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Manuals

Specifications

Analog inputs & outputs; XLR & TRS Jack (balanced)

Maximum input gain
24 dBu
Input impedance
22
Output impedance
600 Ω
Common mode rejection (1 kHz)
70 dB
Frequency range (-3 dB, tube section off)
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Frequency range (-3 dB, tube section on)
30 Hz – 100 kHz
THD + N (0 dBu, 10 Hz – 22 kHz)
0.002 %
Noise (A-weighted)
-89 dBu
Dynamic Range
113 dB

Internal Linear Power Supply with Toroidal Transformer

Operating voltage for analog audio
+/- 18 V
Operating voltage for relays and LEDs
+12 V

Mains Power Supply

Mains voltage (selectable)
230 V AC / 50; 115 V AC / 60 Hz
Fuse for 230 V (primary)
T 500 mA
Fuse for 230 V (secondary)
T 315 mA
Fuse for 115 V (primary)
T 1 A
Fuse for 115 V (secondary)
T 630 mA
Power consumption
max. 40 W

Dimensions & Weight

W x H x T (Weite x Höhe x Tiefe)
482 x 88 x 237 mm
19 x 3.46 x 9.33 inch
Unit weight
4.9 kg
10.8 lbs
Shipping weight (incl. packaging)
7.5 kg
16.53 lbs

Reference: 0 dBu = 0,775V. All specifications are subject to change without notice.

Events

Due to Covid19 there are no events scheduled at this time.

What does it actually mean …

In Stock!

The product is in stock in our warehouse in Niederkrüchten, Germany, and will be shipped the same or next working day.

We process the orders after receipt of the order and update the stock in the online shop regularly. If the product is no longer available at short notice due to high order volume, you naturally have the right to withdraw from the purchase (see Right of Withdrawal).

In any case, you will receive an e-mail with details of the delivery and the estimated delivery time.

Available soon!

The product is not in stock in our warehouse in Niederkrüchten, Germany. Usually it will be available again within 5 working days.

In any case, you will receive an e-mail with the details of the delivery and the estimated delivery time.

Of course you have the right to withdraw from your purchase (see Right of Withdrawal).

Product Condition

A-Stock

Brand-new product from the current product portfolio.

B-Stock

Demo, exhibit or return item.
In original packaging, incl. manuals and full warranty.
Only slight to no signs of use.

C-Stock

Demo, exhibit or return item.
In original packaging, incl. manuals and legal warranty.
In some cases clear signs of use, which are documented in photos.

NOS

"New Old Stock"
After discontinuation of a product still available new products with full warranty.

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