Does this Mastering Console exist?

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by woods, Nov 30, 2004.

  1. woods

    woods Guest

    Is there any such thing as a mastering console that would be considered semi pro?

    Something that would have level control and a few inserts. 3 pairs of outputs? Perhaps a 2 to 4 rack space size.

    But with a smaller price tag then the custom built stuff?


  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Try this:

    Either the MMC2 or the DMC might be what you're looking for. I don't know their prices, but if it's in line with the rest of SPL stuff, it's probably moderate.

  3. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Depends- You can make something like a Coleman Audio M3P work as "mastering console" of sorts- you have 4 ballanced ins and 3 outputs, switchable. If you need to use it more in a traditional mastering console situation, you may want to look at something like the Cranesong Avocet which has a much more features for remembering levels, etc... in a mastering environment. You could also contact somebody like Steve Firlotte of Inward connections and see if he'd adapt one of his existing products for your needs. If it is scaled back, he'd probably be able to knock a certain amount off of the price...

    What sort of price point are you looking towards?

  4. woods

    woods Guest

    Well if I told you - you'd laugh. But I was just misinformed I guess.

    But I just came from Odysey Pro Audio's site and the list price for the SPL DMC is $21000. Holy Cow. Lets put it this way I can't approach even half that.

    The Coleman audio idea sounds interesting. And if my memory serves me I think I'd be able to go a little beyond their pricing.

    But man I had no idea that these consoles could get in that price range. The SPL MC2 is upat $80000 I think.

    Anyway, I guess when I posted here originally I was thinking along the Coleman idea or a little better.

  5. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    I'd look at the Cranesong Avocet pretty seriously... Sound is good and has a heck of a lot of functionality, including converters. Cost is at about $2.5K.

    Also, Steve Firlotte's controllers by Inward Connections come in at a pretty similar price (perhaps a touch more if memory serves me right). Crookwood would be another company to look at for consoles. They just updated their website and there don't seem to be any pix up anymore, but they have always had some pretty good quality products. I'm sure there are some other ones of similar quaity, but names are escaping me right now...

  6. woods

    woods Guest

    no problem we've made a good starting point of what I'm looking for I'm sure there's more suggestions out there.

    I did just look at the Avocet and it appears to me that there's no inserts for comps or eqs. Is this right?

  7. markwilder

    markwilder Guest

    Maybe this will do. I don't know anything about this guy. A friend just hipped me to this stuff the other day.

    Good luck,

  8. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    I don't believe there are... It is more a monitor controller than a console...

    For that matter, Coleman is more of a monitor controller as well... Crookwood is a standard console, though... Inward makes a console, too...

  9. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    You could also build an analog transfer console like I've done:

    I had Jakob E. from Gyraf to to the engraving for me.

    Best Regards
  10. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

  11. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Yes, I didn't got time to crop the picture so I just posted this in full size :lol:

    Well, it's not my shoes, it's Jakob E.(gyraf)'s
    But I will tell him next time I talk to him that Michael Fossenkemper likes his shoes!

    Best Regards
  12. tomcolliva

    tomcolliva Guest

    this is my first thread after reading all the forum (mastering one), and i have to thank you all for knowledge sharing.

    I've found this last night and it seems the best (input/output/insert/m-s/stereo width/ chris muth engineering....)"non custom" mastering desk out there....

    any opinion

    thanks tommaso
  13. tomcolliva

    tomcolliva Guest


    here's the link:
  14. TotalSonic

    TotalSonic Guest

    Another possible alternative is from Crookwood, which has introduced the "Master 1 iMon" which features both analog & digital inserts, source and monitor routing and all the usual level matchers. Looks very cool - 1.htm

    I've never heard this particular piece but the maker has a very serious rep and has done custom consoles for a lot of European mastering studios.

    MSRP according to their site seems to be $4300 but I'm not sure who their North American dealer is to confirm this. I'm definitely very interested in this piece as it seems a bit more full featured than the Dangerous Master which lists for $5500.

    Best regards,
    Steve Berson

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