Console in live room?

Discussion in 'Consoles / Control Surfaces' started by robpal, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. robpal

    robpal Active Member

    Hi there,

    I'm very new to the whole pro studio game as i've only been using basic home gear so far.

    I was wondering if anyone knew of a specific piece of kit that you can use in a live room to remotely control some of the basic functions in the control room. The reason I want this is so recordings can be made with a reasonable amount of flexibility with only one person, without having to run backwards and forwards between the rooms. If there's another way of doing it using just a laptop maybe, please let me know too.

    Any help on this would be very much appreciated.


  2. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Vashon Island, Washington
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    You should check out the Frontier Tranzport at:

    One of my favorite devices. Very flexible, reliable, and you can program many of the buttons to your liking.

    I have a four room studio: 2 iso booths, live room, control room. I do record myself from time to time and for that this device is invaluable.

    But I also use it when prepping for a session, checking to make sure the mic signals are making it properly to the intended track in Cubase on my Mac.

    Check it out!

  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Hey, well, many folks now have incorporated their control rooms into the studio. In many cases, there is no reason anymore to have a separate control room from the studio. You use your headphones when tracking. When you are ready to mix, no one is recording in the studio and so you use speakers. A bigger space for your control room & mixing is always preferable to a smaller control room.

    Tracking down tracks
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. robpal

    robpal Active Member


    Thanks guys,

    Two options there and both helpful. For my situation i'm favouring Jeff's suggestion as it's closer to the vision I have. I'll probably couple it with a second LCD monitor facing the live room so I can see exactly what i'm controlling or just use a hinge on the screen in the control room that I can rotate to face the live room through the window.

    Any further suggestions would still be considered so don't hold back people.


  5. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    I have a video monitor in my live room and use wireless mouse and keyboards to control the DAW. Space bar on the keyboard starts and stops, Asterisk on the numpad starts recording, etc.

    Pretty easy, you just have to watch out that things like mike stands and headphones don't interfere with the wireless signal.

    I can even control things from my drum room in the basement.
  6. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    For a while I wanted to do a similar kind of thing, but I gave up. Controlling a computer in a separate room isn't too difficult, but controlling the hardware was the killer. So either the hardware went in the tracking room to make it easy to adjust during the session if I was a part of the session, or it went in the control room for easy adjustment when I was just recording and not part of the band, but either way it was a pain in the butt if I wanted to switch from one setup to the other.

    All whining aside, under XP I control the computer in a separate room using a hard-wired network (wireless can create issues) and Remote Desktop Connection from a laptop. What I see on my laptop in the tracking room is identical to what's on the DAW computer screen, so I get full control over the DAW which is nice. There's a little bit of screen refresh latency, but I got used to it. I didn't get used to having to move hardware from one room to the other and back and reattach all the cables every time I went from session participant to just recording guy, and that's why I gave up and put everything in one room.
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Scotland, UK
    Get a rotating desk in the wall between the tracking and control room.
  8. apstrong

    apstrong Active Member

    Or have a stationary desk and build rotating tracking and control rooms. Didn't Neil Peart already try this? :wink:

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