Production Monitor Controllers Have Light Control Too
14th September 2009
A new range of Production Monitor Controllers are being unveiled on stand 8.E61, available in November 2009. The Reference Monitor Controllers are a range of 1U rack-mount audio production control units, for providing source selection, volume, DIM and CUT controls for external analogue monitors, together with light controls for the Sonifex SignalLED range of studio signs, or similar.
There are four Monitor Controller products:
- RM-MC1L Monitor Controller, Single Stereo Input & Output With Light Control
- RM-MC4L Monitor Controller, 4 Stereo Inputs, 1 Output With Light Control
- RM-MC51L Monitor Controller, 5.1 Stereo Inputs & Outputs With Light Control
- RM-MCL Monitor Light Controller, 3 Button, TX-STANDBY-REH
The RM-MC1L is a stereo unit with a single stereo balanced analogue input and output on XLRs. Useful in a production environment, the unit allows you to control the audio level to external monitors and to DIM the audio, or CUT it completely with simple front panel controls, or remote external inputs.
It has a master volume control that adjusts the attenuation on the output channels from 0dB down to -86dB. A CUT control mutes the audio outputs when enabled, whilst a DIM control attenuates the audio output channels by a pre-set amount from -2dB to -23dB. All of the buttons on the front panel are illuminated by LEDs and the brightness can be changed to better suit the environment in which the unit is used.
The RM-MC4L has four stereo balanced analogue inputs with a single stereo balanced output, all using XLR connectors. Four illuminated front panel buttons allow you to simply select the source required at the output. The RM-MC4L has the same master volume control, CUT, DIM and light control functions and adjustments as the RM-MC1L unit.
The RM-MC51L is a controller for surround sound applications with 6 balanced analogue inputs and 6 balanced analogue outputs all on XLR connectors. It is used in situations where you need to adjust the volume, or CUT, or DIM all of the speakers in a 5.1 surround system. Alternatively, the unit can be used as a global volume control for 6 analogue outputs.
The RM-MC51L has the same master volume control, CUT, DIM and light control functions and adjustments as the RM-MC1L unit and the RM-MCL is a simple light controller for controlling a TX - STANDBY - REH light system in a production studio, with no audio inputs or outputs.
Each of the products has a light control section. This section has 3 buttons: Transmit (TX), STANDBY and Rehearse (REH). The TX and REH buttons control opto-isolated outputs on the rear panel remote connector, and these provide a direct control interface to the Sonifex SignalLED illuminated studio sign, allowing twin signs to be controlled individually. The Standby button initiates a 2 minute countdown where the TX and REH buttons and their associated remote outputs flash alternately. After the 2 minutes has elapsed, the TX output remains on. The remote port also has open-collector tally outputs for Transmit (TX), Rehearse (REH), as well as remote input control for the audio controls DIM and CUT, and the light controls TX, Standby and REH. There is also a +12 Volt source at 200mA maximum.
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