Crest Performance, a division of Crest Audio, introduced the mono MLM-2 (MSRP: $599) and stereo MLS-2 ($799) studio microphone and line input intelligibility processors. These units are designed to optimize audio signals in recording, broadcasting and live applications, and process input signals via EQ and dynamics sections.
The dual, full-featured parametric EQ section has two frequency cut/boost controls. The MLM-2 features 24dB cut/12dB boost, while the MLS-2 has +15/-15dB cut and boost. With a bandwidth adjustment of 1/6 to two octaves, gentle or extreme alterations can be made. Each parametric equalizer has its own on/off switch to re-route the signal if it is unused. The second parametric equalizer can be moved from the main signal path into the dynamics section’s sidechain path.
The compand/limit (dynamics) section is also on/off-switchable and adjusts dynamics via an expander and compressor, both with ratio and threshold controls, as well as a limiter with threshold. The unit also boasts THAT Corp. integrated circuits for the voltage-controlled amplifier and a true RMS detector.
Each model has two balanced inputs, a low-impedance XLR and high-impedance 1/4-inch phono, which can be used simultaneously. Phantom power (+48 volts), a +6dB to +56dB gain adjustment control, polarity reverse switch and 20dB pad are available to match and power any low-impedance microphone connected to it. A tunable (10 to 350Hz, 12dB per octave) low-cut filter is online to remove or control low-frequency rumble and proximity effects. The mic preamp can be turned off via a switch if the XLR input is not used.
Both models include switchable I/O metering, independent headphone output (with track input on MLS-2), multicolor LED meters, balanced and unbalanced I/O and internal power supply. The MLS-2 features dual microphone inputs and stereo line inputs with pan control.