Audiofanzine FR 11/29/2008

SPL Charisma 2 : Audiofanzine FR's user review

5

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(Originally written by Raven Circle/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Connections: stereo inputs and outputs via XLR and jacks

Pure German analog technology

UTILIZATION

Ultra easy to use if you have good ears and you know what you bought...

SOUND QUALITY

Extremely effective. The Charisma can saturate or only thicken the sound. Its application are limited but somehow I can't make without it anymore. I use it for everything from drums to beats, digital keyboards, etc. And also in a final mix.

I like how the sound becomes a bit more dirty and punchy.

I use it as a tube limiter and it gives much better results than a plug-in (but it depends on the sound you expect).

Set the saturation/overtones you want to add (the result is different if you change the tubes), adjust the Charisma (sound thickness) and the output level. These settings allow the Charisma to be used as an analog limiter. It can add analog saturation to a mix and increase the overall signal level. To summarize, the sound becomes less clean and precise but more powerful and warm. The Charisma has become a faithful partner because I was fed up with cold digital sound.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it a few months ago. I find the it a bit expensive new. But if I didn't have the choice, I would buy it new (it's hard to find it secondhand). I was really lucky to find it on ebay at a nice price and in perfect condition with new tubes.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again (at the price I bought it, I could even afford one per month ^^).

You have to be used to hardware processors. People who work only with software tools won't need it. It takes an important place in my setup (under my Tube Vitalizer, which is a perfect complement).

SPL =)