SoundStage II is the evolution of the groundbreaking SoundStage spectral stereo mixer from WORNG Electronics.
Just patch into any of the twenty-one inputs to build your mix over the stereo field utilising twenty carefully tuned resonant analogue filters.
SoundStage II improves on the original with a stereo send and return loop, an improved Depth circuit for more consistent operation over different output levels, and tweaked low end response for bass that's bigger and with more headroom. In addition, the output Level control is also now logarithmic for improved response when used for compression, expansion and ducking.
SoundStage II is the ultimate tool for better mixes in the rack and perfectly fits any system, from compact to monster.
The SoundStage II is the essence of a large mixing console, trimmed down to the powerful core functionality needed in a modular system and designed to keep you in the flow state of creating music.
SoundStage II lets you place each element of your mix in its own space both in the stereo field and the frequency spectrum. The twenty-one inputs are panned in the stereo field and then pass through twenty carefully tuned resonant analogue filters to define where the different voices of your patch sit in the mix, via techniques gleaned from years of sound production experience.
There’s no level control on each input as level control is best handled with VCAs in a modular environment, and adding another gain/level stage to a mixer just gives an opportunity for added noise and distortion caused by poor gain staging. Rather than having a pan control per input, each input is placed in the stereo field according to its position left to right on the panel. The horizontal rows indicate how the inputs are filtered into overlapping Low, Low-mid, Mid, High-mid and High bands.
The Depth control allows you to control the depth of the filtering, from unfiltered on the left to hard filtered on the right. Like the stereo output Level, Depth can be controlled with a CV. The stereo FX send gives you a fully filtered stereo mix to send to your fx unit of choice, and then patch back to the stereo FX return. Both send and return can be used in mono if only the left channel is used, but we highly recommend working in stereo as much as you can to get the full power of SoundStage II.
SoundStage II features an improved Depth control circuit to allow for more consistent operation over different output levels. The filters in the low band have been tweaked for more consistent low end filter response and an always-on low EQ bump even when the Depth is reduced to zero, for a cleaner low end and increased headroom. The output Level control now has a logarithmic response for more natural sounds when used as a VCA or compressor. The most obvious improvement over the original SoundStage however is the FX send and return added to the module, without increasing its size. This allows you to use an effect like a reverb on your mix without needing to patch up complicated sends and returns and stereo summing.