Crest Performance’s STP-1 2-channel, single-rackspace mic/line processor and channel strip ($699) will be available in late 2004. Each of the two channels comprise four sections: the microphone and line preamplifier; a 4-band parametric equalizer; output level, pan, meter and sum controls; and a SmarTube sound processor, a solid-state processing technology that replicates the warmth of vacuum tubes.
Each channel has low-impedance mic and high-impedance line/instrument input connections with jacks located on the front panel and duplicated on the rear panel. Both inputs have separate gain controls. Mic inputs have -20dB pad, polarity reverse, fourth-order highpass filter and 48-volt phantom power. Equalization comprises low- and high-shelving controls and two fully adjustable low/mid and high/mid parametric filter sets. Output control and visual monitoring are via independent mute, level, pan, 10-segment color LED bargraph array and signal presence LED.
The STP-1 has an input/output/assignment scheme that allows each section to be used separately, as the situation demands. Each of the two channels can be assigned independently to either the A/B stereo bus or only A or B via the stereo/mono switch. In stereo mode, channels 1 and 2 signals are panned between the A and B bus individually. In mono mode, the channel 1 signal is sent only to the A bus, bypassing the pan feature, while channel 2’s signal is sent only to the B bus, also bypassing the pan feature.