Creamliner is is a stereo line signal conditioner, aimed at improving the sound of digital stereo busses and digital PA boards by running the signal through a pentode, and, if selected, also the output transformer.
Sure, you can use a plugin to address the issue of “digitalitis”, but Creamliner stands out above all of those because it delivers! No gunked-up low-mids, darkened highs or nasally/harsh high-mids. You get a subtle but game-changing glue effect that just makes your mix sound more organic. See the manual for details.
4 tactile switches allow for line selection, tube drive attenuation, output select (solid state balanced versus transformer) and true bypass. The FOH engineer can connect two mixers, as often needed at live events, and then switch between them just by using the line selector. Tube attenuator switch enables one driving the tubes by 6dB less, while automatically compensating the output so that the listening level stays the same. Detented pots (with 41 detents) are now standard to facilitate quick recall. The middle (“noon”) position has been calibrated for a 0dB gain, so that there is no loudness change when bypassing.
Both channels are affected by the tube mode switch. The pentode mode will have the same output level as the triode mode, facilitating auditioning between triode, pentode and bypass. The result is a warmer and somewhat “glued” stereo image, with a noticeable improvement on the smoothness of high end, something that is typically an issue with digital boards.
Creamliner has been road-tested on tours with artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney and many others. It passed with flying colors, and earned its permanent spot in the FOH racks! It has also found it’s way into numerous mastering facilities, who rely on its gluing, tape-like effect to give their masters a more “expensive” touch.
New: Creamliner has been upgraded to version III for improved inner accuracy and calibration. Trimpots have been replaced by actual pots for adjustment on the fly. Please note that the shop page and the manual still have Creamliner II images and description, but the actual unit shipped will look like this:
for details and Specifications, please download the Creamliner’s manual:
Download Creamliner Manual (PDF)
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Design concept: (tube) pentode hybrid line signal conditioner, transformer input and output
2 tube modes: triode and pentode
Output mode: Transformer or solid state balanced driver
Frequency response: 10Hz-50kHz +/- 3dB
Maximum gain: 20dB
Harmonic distortion: <2% before clipping level, quickly decreases if driven less.
Maximum output level: 32dBu
Minimum output load: 600Ohm
Connectors: XLR, balanced only
Power consumption: 30W
All supply voltages regulated.
285V Plate voltage for huge headroom
Gold plated printed circuit boards with a double copper layer.
Gold plated tube sockets
The Creamliner can be ordered with Ni-Fe alloy or pure Steel output transformers:
Creamliner A: 2 Ni-Fe alloy core output transformers
Creamliner B: 2 pure Steel core output transformers (the choice of most people)
Please specify mains voltage when ordering: 115VAC or 220-240VAC.
We give a one year warranty on parts and labor.