WNAMM09: Variable Phase Control

US SM Pro Audio P-Control offers audio signal phase correction and manipulation      22/01/09

WNAMM09: Variable Phase Control
P-control front & rear panel

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SM Pro Audio have announced their new P-Control variable phase control unit. Here's all the details from their press release...
Designed to correct audio signal phase issues, the P-Control provides an elegant and high quality transparent solution to improve recordings when combining audio from two similar signal sources. With a extensive front panel control and switchable transformer balanced isolation, the P-Control puts you in control of audio phase manipulation.
Audio phase inconsistencies arise in all manner of day-to-day recording environments. This is especially true when combining two signals to capture that elusive fat recorded sound. Audio signal from two sources can become incoherent and even cancel each other out if phase issues get out of hand.
The P-Control can be inserted in-line or via the insert bus using balanced XLR cables. The phase of connected audio source material can be manipulated by up to 180 degrees with the simple adjustment of the front panels large format rotary encoder. Bypass, Low-cut filter, and phase reverse switches are provided along with output level adjustment and VU metering.
Applying phase correction to guitar and bass tracks, drums, or any other signal feed is simple with the P-Control. Find the sweet spot with ease, and enlarge your instruments recorded tracks.
  • Combine two microphone signals and correct the audio phase
  • Combine two sound sources with corrected phase – eg. microphone and direct instrument feed
  • Line level operation - Connects via channel inserts on the mixing console or in-line
  • Great for keyboards, guitars, and bass
  • A must have tool for recording and live performance
  • Bypass, Low-cut filter, Phase reverse, GND pin, level, and VU meter provided
  • Switchable transformer balanced output
All housed in an external chassis, the P-Control provides robust connectors for all inputs and outputs. The P-Control can be rack-mounted using SM Pro Audio's RM-1 single unit rack-mount adaptor. The unit can be mounted in the centre of the rack, or it can be racked along side SM Pro Audio's PR4E, HP4E, or DI4Efire.
When John Fuller (Product Manager) from SM Pro Audio was asked about the new P-Control he said, "A variable phase control is something that should be in any audio arsenal toolkit. It's amazing listening to audio when rotating the P-Control's variable phase dial. The sound literally pops out at you when you find that sweet spot. It's incredibly easy to do, and will make a noticeable difference to any recording."
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