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SPL Sound Performance Lab Gain Station 8
Eight Channel Microphone and Instrument Preamplifier


Thanks to exceptional headroom throughout its design and the superb signal regulation of its limters...
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Thanks to exceptional headroom throughout its design and the superb signal regulation of its limters, the GainStation8 is the perfect front end for multi-track recordings or AD converters.

Nowadays typical preamps are designed on an either-or basis — either solid state or tube. With these designs the engineer has a non integrated and thus often frustrating choice between a pure, neutral solid state recording or one unavoidably influenced by tubes. While the engineer may find solutions for one application with one microphone, a preamplifier for different situations, mics and instruments must provide a commensurate range of choices—like the GainStation preamps. A combination of 63dB solid state and an independently controllable 26dB tube circuitry (which can also be deactivated) ensures a complete sound palette panorama. In any situation the engineer now can achieve his goals with one front end for best-of-both-worlds results.

  • Separated Solid state and tube preamps. The tube preamp can be used additionally to the solid state stage to add tube saturations, for clean recordings it can be switched off.
  • Peak/FET Limiter
  • Switchable Mic Input Impedance (200 Ohms, 1,2 & 10 kOhms)
  • Custom-designed and built, fully discrete, class A op-amps (no off-the-shelf stuff here). The GainStation's op-amps feature 60-Volt operating voltage—twice as high as most common op-amps—for an incredible dynamic range.
  • All switching functions are handled by encapsulated relays with gold-plated contacts.
  • No-compromise, external power supply with extensive additional shielding and seven separately wound and regulated voltages
  • Lundahl input transforner option, also for single channels or channel pairs


Frequency Range: 1Hz-310kHz
(+/- 3dB, Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain off, Output Level 0dB)

Frequency Range: 1Hz-125kHz
(+/- 0.5dB, Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain 1dB, Output Level 0dB)

THD+N: 0.00038%
(Cl. Gain 24dB, T. Gain off, 20-22kHz, Outp. Level +6dB, +25dBu out)

THD+N: 0.032%
(Cl. Gain 23dB, T. Gain 1dB, 20-22kHz, Outp. Level +6dB, +25dBu out)

S/N Ratio: -99.6dBu
(Cl. Gain 10dB, T. Gain off, Output Level 0dB, 20-22kHz, A-weighted)

S/N Ratio: -94.6dBu
(Cl. Gain 30dB, T. Gain off, Output Level 0dB, 20-22kHz, A-weighted)

S/N Ratio: -86.5dBu
(Cl. Gain 20dB, T. Gain 10dB, Outp. Level 0dB, 20-22kHz, A-weighted)

EIN: 128.4dB
(Cl. Gain 60dB, T. Gain off, Outp. Level 0dB, 20-22kHz, A-weighted, 40Ohm)

Dynamic Response: ›130dB
(20-22kHz, A-weighted)

CMRR: ›80dB
(Cl. Gain 30dB, T. Gain off, 1kHz, Input -30dBu, Outp. Level 0dB)

Max. Output Level: +34dBu

Max. Input Level: +17dBu
(Mic & Instrument Input)

Input Impedance: ›1MOhm
(Instrument Input)

Output Impedance: ›75Ohm

Slew Rate: ›40V/µs
(Clean Gain 30dB, Tube Gain off, Output Level +6dB)

Power Consumption: 140W
(without converter)

Weight: 13.86lb

Weight Power Supply incl. cable: 11.66lb

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