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Alesis M1 Active mk2

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Composer, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. Composer

    Composer Guest


    I am considering the purchase of nearfield monitors in the $400.00 price range. Are the Alesis M1 Active mk2 decent? I don't know if this would matter but music style is mostly New Age/Ambient. Nothing "too" loud.

    Thanks a lot,
  2. HG

    HG Guest

    Yes they are very good monitors. I have a pair and the mixes translate very well. Alot of ppl complain about them because they don't know how to mix but if your experienced these are a great all rounder. These are a serious monitor not just for project studios. The review says it all.

  3. Ellegaard

    Ellegaard Active Member

    This article almost made me choose a pair of Tapco S5 monitors:


    I found the Alesis very good, and the Tapcos were horrible. I chose Behringer because they responded more naturally to my reference CDs - in my opinion, the Alesis were too brilliant and had a little too much bass, lacking general midrange, but that is maybe a question of preference. Just be sure to listen to the monitors before you buy them!
  4. Composer

    Composer Guest

    Thanks for you help guys. I just realized something: How do you use your headphones now that you use active monitors? I am using a Hi-fi stereo system (for now) and the amplifier has the headphones output, which I use.
  5. Tenson

    Tenson Active Member

    They are very good for the price. Lots of detail and definition but they have virtually no sound-stage. Then again what do you expect for the money?

    You can get a cheap headphone amp. Take a look at something like the 'ART HEADAMP'
  6. Composer

    Composer Guest

    Thanks Tenson,

    The description of that gizmo says, "HeadAMP can be connected to a tape deck's headphone output or a mixer output, so the performers can hear themselves and each other.".

    I am not using a mixer. My soundcard (Aardvark Aark 24) has 8 analog inputs and 8 analog outputs (all 1/4"TRS), so I am using those instead.

    How does that connect to the soundcard? Card's outputs to amp's inputs? Also, is the monitoring quality good? Is there a similar unit with only 1 or 2 outputs? It's just me and my music. No band.

    Thank you.
  7. Tenson

    Tenson Active Member

    How are you using that card without a mixer desk? The inputs are just line inputs so there is no gain control and no way to get mic's in unless you use lots of separate pre-amps.

    I suggest you get a mixer, that way you will have a headphone output and be able to utilize the 8 outputs from the card to mix on a real desk.

    How are you planning to connect your active speakers? To the first two outputs of the card? In which case you wont have a volume control...apart from the one built into the computer software, which I wouldn't trust.

    You really need a mixer, that will solve all the problems giving you monitor outputs, real mixing faders and EQ as well as headphone out-puts and a load of mic pre-amps to use (if you get an in-line console).

    There are single headphone, headphone amps but I can't think of any cheaper than that one off my head. Most of the single output ones are designed for audiophiles so cost a bomb. Take a look on eBay. cMoy are a good circuit design.

    I hope I haven?t just confused you more!
  8. Composer

    Composer Guest

    Dear Tenson,

    Who said I use microphones? :lol:

    Sorry for confusing you though; I should have mentioned that I am using 3 synthesizers, and the soundcard has 8 analog inputs, so there's no need for a mixer.

    As for how to connect the active speakers (Alesis M1 Active Mk2, which I don't have yet), I am sure you know that they have volume knobs in the back, plus the soundcard's software mixer allows you to monitor the volume, too. The virtual mixer looks just like a real mixer when you open it up; with faders for all outputs and inputs.

    Here's an image showing the front panel of the soundcard:
    Link removed

    Thanks again Tenson,
  9. Tenson

    Tenson Active Member

    Well suppose if you are happy to use the computer for mixing then that?s okay. It just seems a very fiddly way to do it. I hope the volume on the soundcards control panel doesn't reset on reboot ;)

    If I were you I would connect the headphone amp to outputs 3 &4 so that you can choose what you listen on by simply changing the output routing.
  10. Composer

    Composer Guest

    Dear Tenson,

    I've been thinking. Why connect a headphone amp then the headphones to it? The outputs of the soundcard are line level. So I assume a Y-cable is all I need :?: . The headphones' volume level can then be set using the software mixer.

    As for Windows resetting the volume everytime it reboots, I don't really understand what you mean. But the software mixer allows you to save your soundcard's settings as presets. So everytime I turn on the computer, I make sure the preset I saved is loaded before I start recording/listening/monitoring/etc.
  11. Tenson

    Tenson Active Member

    It might work... it would depend on what headphones you are using, something like the HD600 are pretty difficult to drive and I wouldn't recommend it. The impedances and things will be all wrong as well so its really not a good idea if you want to get the best from your headphones.

    How handy are you with a soldering iron? There are quite a few very simple designs you can build that sound very very good.
  12. Composer

    Composer Guest


    I use Realistic PRO-60 (headphones). They're old, but they sound good.
    As for soldering, I haven't done it for a long time, but I'm good at it:)

    But I don't know what kind of sound will come out of a home-made headphone amplifier..haha. Remember that we, musicians, want the best sound we can hear when it comes to monitoring.

    Merci mon ami,
  13. Tenson

    Tenson Active Member

    Alright if you fancy some DIY to get a good headphone amp then take a peek at this http://tangentsoft.net/audio/pimeta/

    You can order the PCB from the cheaply to make it much more easy and then you just solder on the parts :wink:

    It will give a far better sound than any of the studio rack-mount headphone amps (at least any I have seen).

    I have to say though, I'm not familiar with the Realistic PRO-60 'phones. I have not heard of Realistic making great headphones so it may be way over the top to worry about getting a good headphone amp for them.

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