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CAT: BIG KNOB
22 Oct 12
Monitor switching and volume & headphone control box
Review: Since the dawn of computer-based music making, folks have longed for a simple monitor switching and level control box with built-in talkback functions. You know, something that sits right on your desktop, letting you easily switch between sets of studio monitors and different stereo sources. And send musicians custom headphone mixes while you communicate with them via a built-in talkback microphone. Your wish is Mackie's command.
The Big Knob is a simple yet powerful desktop audio control center that lets musicians and engineers get right to the business of making music in four major ways: Level control, studio monitor selection, input source selection and talkback & headphone control.
Using a big, convenient volume knob, the Big Knob lets you adjust volume levels the way our ancient audio ancestors (Analogus Engineerus) did, with a simple, intuitive knob, not with a mouse and screen. The end result is a higher degree of precision and much quicker level adjustments.
When it comes to mixing, pros know it's best to get a second, and third, opinion. So the Big Knob lets you quickly switch between 3 pairs of studio monitors, or 2 studio monitors and a subwoofer, or studio monitors and a home stereo, or any other combination of powered speakers.
On the input side, the Big Knob lets you connect up to 4 stereo input sources at once. This means you can simultaneously connect to your computer/DAW outputs, CD player, cassette deck and even a turntable using the premium onboard RIAA preamp. You can even connect keyboards, guitars, drum machines, samplers, anything you'd like to hear, through your monitors. This makes the Big Knob great for comparing your mixes-in-progress to your favorite CDs, for archiving your old LPs, jamming along to your favorite tune, and lots more.
With its built-in talkback mic and spring-loaded activation switches, the Big Knob lets you quickly communicate with musicians in both the studio and tracking room, no more hand signals through the glass. The Big Knob also sports 2 high-powered headphone outputs with a discrete headphone mix bus, solving the communications needs of most computer-based studios.
Although its shiny silver knob is a head-turning feature, the Big Knob's rear panel is equally impressive. There you'll find three distinct Monitor outputs with individual level control; 2-track A and 2-track B stereo outputs with level selection switches; a DAW stereo output for your computer; a studio output with level control; a phones mix input with level selection switch; 2-track A and 2-track B stereo source inputs with level control; a DAW mix input from your computer with level control; and even a phono input with level control for direct connection to your turntable.
Because the Big Knob plays a crucial link between recording output(s) and studio monitors, Mackie placed the utmost importance on pristine, no-compromise sound quality. For this reason, the Big Knob features ultra low-noise op amps, extremely low-tolerance components and state-of-the-art surface mount technology. All of this ensures superb sound in critical listening environments and long-term reliability, even under daily, and nightly, studio use.
26 Dec 11
Review: The IMG Stage Line ILA100RCA passive stereo level control (RCA version) is designed for a precise volume control of line signals. It is used for inserting between analog signal sources and amplifiers or active speakers, e.g. between a PC sound card and active speaker systems.
The IMG Stage Line ILA100RCA features:
1 x stereo RCA input, 1 x 3.5mm stereo input
1 x stereo RCA output, 1 x 3.5mm stereo output
Large, easy-turning level control
Frequency range: 20-20000Hz
Passive, no power supply required
High-quality metal console housing with brushed aluminium front panel
Dimensions: 142mm x60mm x 86mm
26 Dec 11
Review: The IMG Stage Line ILA-100XLR passive stereo level control (XLR version) is designed for a precise volume control of line signals. It is used for inserting between analog signal sources and amplifiers or active speakers, e.g. between a PC sound card and active speaker systems.
CAT: FX- PC100USB
01 Aug 11
16bit/48 kHz USB D-A interface with volume controller for speakers and headphones
Review: The Fostex PC-100USB converts USB digital audio signal to analog signal to feed to powered monitor speakers for high quality reproduction of computer audio.
The volume for the left and right monitors can be controlled simultaneously at your handy position. The Fostex PC-100USB also offers a headphone output (stereo mini) for headphone monitoring.
01 Aug 11
Review: With a Fostex PC-1e(B), you can remotely control the volume of both left and right speakers which makes it a great addition for music and video playback on a PC. It is compact for desktop use.
The passive type Fostex PC-1e(B) volume controller features a robust metal chassis and machined aluminum knob. It does not need a battery to power. It also comes with a stereo mini cable (80cm) and 2 RCA pin cable (100cm).