The latest addition to and expanding range of unique mastering devices, SPL has announced the release of Hermes, a mastering insert router with dual parallel mix channels.

SPL HermesAs a mastering router, the new product provides connections of up to eight dual-channel processors. An audio signal can be routed through these processors in any order. User definable presets allow the comparison of complex processing chains with a press of a button. In addition, Hermes has two integrated parallel mix stages that work with any of the eight processors allowing for example, the comparison of two compressors with different parallel mix settings. The parallel mix stages are stored with the processing chains.

‘Hermes really completes our core offering for a superior analogue mastering chain,’ says SPL MD, Hermann Gier. ‘Along with the DMC mastering console, MC16 multichannel monitor controller, our mastering EQs, PassEQ and PQ, the Iron compressor, and the Phonitor headphone amp-SPL has a highly integrated system for the premier mastering studio, all running on our 120V technology.’

Hermes features SPL’s 120V audio rail technology, which offers increased headroom of up to +34dB and a dynamic range of over 141dB. All switching in the Hermes is performed with gold-plated and gas-capsuled relays.

Hermes speeds up the workflow in mastering in ways that were previously extremely difficult, and makes the most out of a studio’s existing mastering gear. Repatching to hear a simple change is a thing of the past with Hermes - the user can change processor sequences on the fly, store them, and compare settings instantly. All with real switches, relays and no software application.

Key features:

  • Mastering router for eight dual-channel processors.
  • Create, store and compare complex processing chains.
  • Two Parallel Mix stages.
  • Fast comparison of up to four processing chains.
  • Fully passive routing using gold-plated and gas-capsuled relays.
  • Unique SPL 120V Technology.

The Hermes insert router and parallel mixer is available now from dealers in the US and Canada, at street price of US$6,499.


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