Good Band and Ugly Monitor Controllers? What say you?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by studio33, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. studio33

    studio33 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2007
    Toledo, Ohio
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    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!
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    i have a passive box with transformers i picked up years ago. i was interested in your question because i am looking at an upgrade myself ... i am leaning towards the Radial box. (kurt wants for his birfday).

    i did a quick search and Sweetwater has about 3 pages of them ... prices range from about 70 bucks to 2 or 3 grand, depending on what features and how esoteric you want to get.

    How much are you willing to spend? do you want room correction? do you want a complete master section? cheap, cheaper, crappy? passive ?

    are you looking for high end controllers? this one is for laptops

    lots of choices.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    SM Audio.
  4. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2009
    Boston, Massachusetts
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    i use a mackie big knob. doesn't seem to affect the audio in a negative way. i like the talkback feature. i'd say it just does what it's supposed to nothing fancy, like most mackie products.
  5. mberry593

    mberry593 Active Member

    Apr 10, 2012
    Silver Spring, Maryland
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    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.
  6. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Not to dig into the wound but an HD "system" will not upgrade to HD11. My vote goes for the Presonus Central Station as a middle of the road product. It's packed with features for the price which isn't necessarily a good thing but the price is nice. On the higher end the Avocet is very nice.
  7. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    SPL MTC 2381 is just excellent and even smarter, is the Dangerous Monitor ST. If I was to loose that, I would sell other things to get it back. Its the single most important piece to my system.

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