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Old 2013-01-16, 22:40
danthemegaman danthemegaman is offline
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Cool Anansi or Stereo Splitter?

Which do you guys think is better? Stereo Splitter by Quadelectra or Anansi by Jiggery-Pokery?
Old 2013-01-17, 00:36
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Obviously depends on its application but personally (and I do have and use both) I prefer Stereo Splitter. It has much more to offer in the way of functionality.
Old 2013-01-17, 06:18
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I made this decision just the other day. What it came down to for me was that I looked at the back panel. I expected to see 2 ins (stereo) and 3 outs (1 mid, 2 sides). Stereo Splitter gave that to me (actually the mid has two outs - both the same, for convenient routing to other stereo stuff), so I understood it just from the picture. I didn't see that from Anansi, though it probably does that, maybe more.

I went with Stereo splitter for that reason. Does what I expected and I understood it immediately.

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Old 2013-01-17, 10:43
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True mid/side encoders have the side signal as mono.
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Old 2013-01-17, 10:53
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...maybe, but then you have to split it and flip the phase on one side and route it yourself. Stereo Splitter is more immediately useful for me this way.

Stereo splitter is like having Anansi and Itsy. Not sure how useful Anansi and Itsy would really be separately (for me). I do use Mordred and Shelob...

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Old 2013-01-17, 11:21
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Although Stereo splitter has more features, when I looked at the rear of both devices, I couldn't understand what was going on with Stereo splitter, it was a bit confusing because of the mono signal mentioned above. I went with Anansi.
Old 2013-01-18, 02:59
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Anansi and Itsy but then again, I'm biased ;-)
Old 2013-01-18, 03:25
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I only heard about mid/side splitting fairly recently when Peff did a video about it! Before that I'd never heard of the technique But I think I grasp the basic idea. It makes a lot of sense so I'm fascinated with these devices. But like the OP I'm confused about which one I'd find most useful & I don't fully appreciate the differences between the two or why they matter
Old 2013-01-20, 09:35
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I bought the Stereo Splitter, it just works great out of the box. I bet Anansi is great too but for me this works better. Before I used the stereo imager on stereo sounds to make them wider, but the Stereo Splitter has more focus, it's not a big deal on pads, but when you use it on a guitar bus you still want that lowmid 'thud' and to my ears the SS does that better, the SI seems to smear the sound out.

I also like the delay function on it, one can make very could delayed mid/side effects with it, great addition!
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Old 2013-01-23, 04:50
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Hi folks, Theo Evangelatos here from Quadelectra.

I would like to answer a question I read a lot about Stereo Splitter... Why it has stereo outputs for M+S?

First reason is that Side signal must be inverted from one channel to another in order to join it back together as stereo using a mixer. The purpose of Stereo Splitter was not just to create an M+S encoder, but to be actually able to put it to work. Besides I like to consider Stereo Splitter as a stereo toolkit, rather than just an M+S encoder.

Second and most important. On the right of the gain knob per M+S section you may have noticed a smaller black knob called Delay. This delay knob introduces a small configurable delay to the signal, which by default affects both L+R channels of the M & S sections. Nevertheless you have the ability to add delay to only one of the two channels of each signal (either L or R) instead of both (see the switches above the knob).

In order to be able to work with both the separate outputs and per channel delay function, the outputs had to be configured as stereo!

You can still process pure M+S mono signals if you like by getting the audio from the seperate outputs "L(eft)" channel, and of course you can use just one of the MID outputs if you do not use separate delays on MID L & R channels.

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