SPL Sound Performance Lab Creon
USB Interface & Monitor Controller


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SPL's Creon is a professional USB interface and monitor controller that's designed to operate with your Digital Audio Workstation but can also do a lot as a stand-alone device. Plug in an instrument and play, or connect a microphone and sing along. Mix your own monitor signal with playback or guide tracks from any source.

The Creon could be considered a "smaller brother" to the Crimson - though in size only - and is a fair price point for there being no major features missing. In addition, the quality - especially of the interface and preamp - is more than great. SPL makes life easy for Apple users, as Creon is iOS class-compliant - meaning that it works seamlessly with the iPad,  and further, installs on the Mac with no additional drivers required.With Creon there's only one instrument channel, no MIDI jack, no digital IN/OUT on the back, and only one headphone channel. Artist mode is also missing (which doesn't make sense, with only one headphone channel and one pair of speakers. Thus, this interface is made for smaller project studios and does a great job of cutting, monitoring or recording in those instances.It's not really made for working with speakers, singers, or instrumentalists conneccted to your audio system. So depending on your needs, the Crimson offers more routing options and flexibility.

Monitoring Section
The monitoring section can activate live monitoring for the mic and instrument channels 1 &2, with the "Sources" jack used for live monitoring, or for LINE OUT connectors at the back. There's also a DIM switch if you need to cut down the volume quickly. When the DIM button is depressed, the analog outputs are attenuated by 20dB.

On the left, there is a section of mic & instrument preamps; in the middle, there's the monitoring section; on the right is the master section, with volume & output controls. Two mic preamps are included, both with switches for phantom power and low-cut - just like the Crimson - and one preamp for an instrument (ex: guitar or bass), which has the input on the front side of the housing.

Mono Switch
The Creon does not have a mono switch for the speaker outputs, because mono summing can easily be achieved within the DAW by inserting the free bx_solo plug-in into the master output buss. Plugin Alliance offers a bundle of four free plug-ins, which includes bx_solo.

Monitor Mix Section
The one-knob Monitor Mix section lets you blend between the input channels and DAW signals - and there's also a nice master volume knob. On the back, there's XLR jacks for the microphone channels, Sources jacks and a line input connector...and Speaker/Main Out are two symmetric XLR connectors.  

All analog functions such as mic and instrument preamps, line inputs, monitoring, sources listening, headphones and speakers are fully operational without a DAW connected. If you want to record you need to connect the DAW. No software needs to be installed to operate Creon; all controls and functions you need to have on-hand are available as hardware controls and switches.

NOTE: Product images shown may not reflect actual product. It is available in either Black or White finish.

SPL Creon USB Audio Interface Includes:

  • AC power connector
  • USB cable

SPL Creon USB Audio Interface Features:

  • 2 discrete SPL microphone preamplifiers
  • Instrument preamplifier (Hi-Z, +22 dBu)
  • 2 Line inputs
  • 2 Channel USB-Interface with 24-bit/192 kHz converter
  • USB Class 2.0 compliant for iOS device recording/monitoring
  • Powerful headphone amplifier
  • Stereo speaker output
  • Play-along and monitoring ability without DAW (stand-alone)
  • Real-time analog monitoring
  • 34V operational voltage for professional levels up to +22.8dB
  • Pro level boost for consumer electronics
  • Very low jitter due to FMCTM (Fixed-Master-Clock)
  • No sample rate conversion or clock recovery for true 1:1 audio
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (480MBit/s)

SPL Creon USB Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Recording Channels:
    • 2 microphone inputs (XLR)
    • 1 instrument input (TS)
    • 2 balanced line inputs (TRS)
      • Note: Two channels can be recorded simultaneously.
    • Playback Channels: 2 channels via USB (DAW 1|2)
  • AD Conversion:
    • Dynamic Range:
      • 44.1 / 48 kHz: 128 dB
      • 88.2 / 96 kHz: 123 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
      • 44.1 / 48 kHz: 113 dB
      • 88.2 / 96 kHz: 110 dB
  • DA Conversion:
    • Dynamic Range:
      • 44.1 / 48 kHz: 124 dB
      • 88.2 / 96 kHz: 122 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
      • 44.1 / 48 kHz: 109 dB
      • 88.2 / 96 kHz: 107 dB
  • THD+N ratio at 1 kHz (-1 dBFS):
    • 44.1 / 48 kHz: 0.002%
    • 88.2 / 96 kHz: 0.0025%
      • 0 dBFS = +15 dBu
    • Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • Analog Inputs (Sources):
    • 2 TRS line input channels (balanced)
    • 2 RCA line input channels (unbalanced)
  • Analog Output:
    • Speaker | Main Out (2x XLR, balanced)
    • 1 headphone socket (TRS)
  • Digital Input: 1 USB
  • Digital Output: 1 USB
  • Hardware:
    • USB 2 audio system
    • High-performance, 32 bit microcontroller
    • 24-bit audio processing
    • 2 input and 2 output channels, up to 192 kHz
    • Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz or 192kHz
    • Fixed master clock for lowest jitter
    • True 1:1 audio, no sample rate conversion or clock recovery
  • Software:
    • Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, iOS 6 and higher
    • No driver required for Mac
    • USB Audio Class 2.0 compliance (asynchronous mode)
    • Low-latency Windows ASIO and WDM driver
    • Multi-application mode, simultaneous ASIO and/or WDM playback
    • Driver feedback synchronization to hardware clock
    • ASIO control panel for Windows
  • Physical:
    • Weight: 5.95 lbs. (2.7kg), without external PSU
    • Dimensions (HxWxD): 67 x 260 x 175 cm / 2.64 x 10.2 x 6.9 inches
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