Radial TossoverRadial Engineering has introduced the Tossover, a 500 series module that divides the frequency bands of an audio signal to allow separate processing of low and high frequencies or combination of the two in series to create a band-pass filter.

The unit’s front panel offers two sets of controls – one focused on the mid and high frequencies, and the other separating the mid and bass frequencies so that each can be processed individually. The frequency knob adjusts the cut-off point, while the amplitude knob is used to adjust the signal level. To intensify the effect, each frequency divider is equipped with a three-position filter that may be set with a 12dB, 18dB or 24dB/octave slope. This enables the Tossover to also work double duty as an elaborate filter. A front panel switch enables the two filters to be combined in series to create a band-pass filter.

The Tossover may be used with any 500 series rack via the XLR in/out connections. When used with a Radial Workhorse, the functionality is enhanced by allowing both frequency bands to be processed simultaneously, whereby the low-pass filter stem can be directed to the XLR out and the high-pass filter stem sent to the Omniport. A miniature slider switch near the card edge connector allows the user to toggle the output as needed.

‘As a manufacturer, our task is to find ways of opening the door to new processes by pioneering innovative products that will enable the more adventurous engineer to find new sounds which in turn will enhance and enthrall the audience,’ says Radial Senior Engineer, Dan Fraser. ‘The Tossover can be used to process high or low frequencies separately so that various effects can be applied to a specific frequency region. An example would be applying compression to the bass range of a snare drum while allowing the highs to be fully dynamic. Another could be to adding distortion to the upper registers of a bass while leaving the bottom end unaffected.’

The Tossover is now shipping at a retail price of US$400.

More: www.radialeng.com

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