What Is A Monitor Controller?

 

Put simply a monitor controller is a glorified volume knob, however lots of monitor controllers these days are boasting a lot more features than just a volume control. Find out what a monitor controller is and why you need one in the article below.

 

Written by Audient

 

 

1. Why Do I Need One?

1. Why Do I Need One?

 

A monitor controller is perfect for anyone who’s looking to expand their monitoring ability. If your current audio interface doesn’t have the ability to switch between speakers or doesn’t feature vital controls such as dim and cut then a monitor controller is the perfect addition to your setup.

 

 

Here’s a few things you should look out for when buying a monitor controller:

 

2. Inputs and Outputs

2. Inputs and Outputs

 

The most important thing a monitor controller does is enable you to have complete control over your monitoring path. Usually the most common feature is to send 1 input source (the sound coming out of your audio interface) out of 2-3 different sets of monitors. This allows you to reference your mixes through different sets of speakers meaning you’ll be able to get the best sounding mix possible.

 

3. Console Style Monitor Control

3. Console Style Monitor Control

 

The second most important thing when looking for a monitor controller is it having everything you need right there at your fingertips. Having something as critical as your volume control a few feet away in a rack or hidden in software menus is the easiest way to get out of creative zone, so having them in a place where you can reach them easily is vital.

A good monitor controller will often have Dim, Dim Attenuation, Cut and Mono buttons which are all great features to have whilst mixing.

4. Talkback

4. Talkback

 

There’s nothing more annoying than having to shout at the artist you’re recording through the glass of the control room. Instead with a talkback mic you’re able to softly whisper into the artists headphones with no effort at all. A talkback mic is a necessary feature to have on a monitor controller, whether it’s one that’s inbuilt, an XLR input to plug in your own mic or both!

 

5. Routing

5. Routing

 

For the more advanced users, routing is a key feature that should not be overlooked. Being able to send specific inputs to specific outputs, or setting up one speaker to constantly be in mono are small details but will boost your productivity in the long run.

 

Audient Nero

Audient Nero

 

Combining all the features you'd need from a monitor controller into one unit, Nero has been designed to give you powerful control over your monitoring.

 

 

Featuring a comprehensive range of I/O, console style monitor control, Precision Matched Attenuation Technology and more... Nero will quickly become the core of your studio.

 

About Audient:

Audient was founded in 1997 by David Dearden and Gareth Davies. At Audient we believe that quality begins with the first steps of design. Whether we’re deciding on a products features or selecting its components, we make every decision with audio quality in mind - a philosophy that has seen us build a community of users in professional and home studios alike. With the majority of our team still actively involved in audio, we have a passion for understanding our customers needs and we constantly strive to deliver products that make the recording process easier for you.

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