So, what new additions make this system a fully-fledged recording studio?
For starters, the front panel of Crimson 3 is laid out spaciously.
On the left upper side, you have preamp controls with mic inputs 1 and 2 that provide 48V phantom power and high-pass filters.
At the center, there’s a nice array of LEDs that show Signal Present, monitors DAW return levels, show connected sources, S/PDIF digital inputs and enables the new talkback mic function.
The right-hand side gives you two rotary controls for the two headphones outputs.
Additionally, there’s a Monitor Controller and a prominent rotary labeled ‘Monitor Mix’ for playback volume from your DAW.
The Monitor Mix Control blends the recording inputs, for instance, the instrument, with digital inputs or other monitor sources, for a zero-latency monitoring while mixing.
Sporting SPL’s signature technology, Phonitor Matrix, now you can experience natural, speaker-like sounds via the headphones.
This is a cross-feed function that gives you a full spread stereo while mixing on headphones.
Even more interesting is the talkback mic that makes for easy communication between the producer and the artist.
The new Artist Mode feature automatically dims speakers A when you push the talkback button.
This makes speech audible without having to connect an external mic.
One fascinating thing to note on the Crimson 3 is that every part is labeled making it easy to know what goes where.
This includes the clear labels indicating the 7 to 60dB range on the gain control and -6 to 31dB for the instrument inputs.
Now, let’s check out some of the pros and cons of Crimson 3.