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Good Band and Ugly Monitor Controllers? What say you?

I just got HD 10. I know HAHA I know. So aaaanyway I installed the HD system and now need a monitor controller. Im using the alternate inputs on the Digi 003 as a monitor controller right now in the mean time. What do you use and what would you give it on a scale of 1-10 and why? Im not going to get a 5.1 controller right yet so think stereo. Although I would be interested in building one if it would be worth my time and if someone could help me put a schem together. aaaannnnnnnnnd GO!


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mberry593 Thu, 04/11/2013 - 19:07
studio33, post: 403424 wrote: I just got HD 10. I installed the HD system and now need a monitor controller. Im using the alternate inputs on the digi 003 as a monitor controller right now

OK before I answer your question, let me say CONGRATULATIONS! Yes, your 003 will work with PT11. Also since you bought HD rather than the CPTK route, it looks like you will save yourself $300 if you upgrade. Nice!

Now, on to monitor controllers. Yes, the 003s fail at this. I looked at this situation a while ago and here were my considerations.

1. I wanted something that I could calibrate so that when it was set for zero, I got 85 dB SPL for a -18 dBFS in PT. You may want to do -20 or something else, but the idea is to have a repeatable reference.

2. I wanted a detent with 1 dB steps & a display to tell me at a glance what my monitor gain is.

3. I wanted a decently large knob.

4. I needed at least 3 inputs.

5. I wanted to use SPDIF for the link between my interface and the monitor controller. The reason for this is that I wanted to leave all of the analog outputs of my interface to be available for various headphone ISO feeds....I always use at least 4 and sometimes need more.

What I ended using was a home theater preamp (an old Outlaw 950). This works just great for me....and it was essentially free. I'll give it an 8 grade. The only real problem with it is that it is big and takes up too much space. You can find much smaller units that work well and don't take up too much space.

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