Radial Senior Engineer Dan Fraser: "Today, bringing innovative recording tools to market is all about nurturing the creative spirit. As a manufacturer, our task is to find ways of opening the door to new processes by pioneering innovative products that will enable the more adventurous engineer to find new sounds which in turn will enhance and enthrall the audience. The Tossover is a clever tool that can be used to process high or low frequencies separately so that various effects can be applied to a specific frequency region. An example would be applying compression to the bass range of a snare drum while allowing the highs to be fully dynamic. Another could be to adding distortion to the upper registers of a bass while leaving the bottom end unaffected. The options are truly unlimited. But most important of all, devices like the Tossover are fun to use!"
The front panel sports two sets of controls whereby one set is focused on the mid and high frequencies, while the other separates the mid and bass frequencies so that each can be processed individually. The frequency knob lets you adjust the cut-off point and the amplitude knob is used to adjust the signal level. To intensify the effect, each frequency divider is equipped with a three-position filter that may be set with a 12, 18 or 24 dB per octave slope. This enables the Tossover to also work double duty as an elaborate filter to either warm up tracks or reduce unwanted resonance. A handy front-panel switch enables the two filters to be combined in series to create a band-pass filter to enhance the mid-range on a lead guitar track or make a snare stand out.
The Tossover may be used with any 500 series rack via the XLR in/out connections. When used with a Radial Workhorse, the functionality is enhanced by allowing both of the frequency bands to be processed simultaneously, whereby the low-pass filter stem can be directed to the XLR out and the high-pass filter stem sent to the Omniport. A miniature slider switch near the card edge connector allows the user to toggle the output as needed.
The Tossover is now shipping. Estimated retail price: $400 USD.