SONTRONICS ST-PAD/PHASE gadget
The Sontronics ST-PAD/PHASE is an inline attenuator and 180° phase inverse gadget that is a must-have tool for all recording applications.
Developed in response to engineers and studios asking us how to easily handle signal overload, ST-PAD/PHASE is an affordable and easy-to-use piece of equipment that can deal with overload and phasing at the click of a switch (or three!).
When an audio signal is too powerful, for instance, when recording trumpet, saxophone or guitar amps, it can overload the sensitive circuitry of a microphone (especially when using ribbon mics), resulting in uncontrollable distortion that is impossible to remove in the mix.
Some microphones, mixing desks and audio interfaces have in-built attenuation or pad switches (our STC-1, STC-10, STC-2, STC-3X, Orpheus, Saturn, DM-series mics and STC-6, for example), but many don't, and this is where the ST-PAD/PHASE can save the day!
"It might be tiny but this little gadget has been an absolute life-saver. We now have one plugged into every ribbon mic we own, and the phase inverse feature is fantastic for stereo miking drums and guitars."
MIKE ROSE, Writer/Producer/Engineer
The Sontronics ST-PAD/PHASE provides attenuation via two switchable -10dB stages, allowing you to easily and quickly tame powerful audio signals.
The ST-PAD/PHASE also features a -180° invert switch, which instantly inverses the phase by 180 degrees. This can be very helpful when you have microphones placed in close proximity to the sound source and phase-correlation is an issue.
A common example is when miking the top and bottom of a snare drum with two separate microphones. Simply plug in the ST-PAD/PHASE to one of the mics and invert the phase for fantastic, phase-accurate results.
The Sontronics ST-PAD/PHASE is extremely easy to use. As it has XLR connections at the top and bottom, it can be plugged into the end of any microphone and then connected to a regular XLR cable. It's as simple as that!
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• easy-to-use inline gadget
• XLR connections at both ends
• two stages of -10dB attenuation
• 180° phase inverse
• ideal for use when dealing with high pressure level sources or for correcting phase issues in stereo miking applications
Pad: two -10dB stages
Phase: 180° phase inverse
Connectors: two XLR (one F, one M)
Dimensions: 103 x 19 x 19mm