Music Gear Review: Drawmer CMC2 Compact Monitor Controller

The Drawmer CMC2 Compact Monitor Controller is a stereo (2.1) monitor controller designed exactly like Drawmer’s popular MC2.1 and MC3.1 monitor controllers. The CMC2 (at $299 MSRP), as compared to Drawmer’s top of the line MC3.1 ($999 MSRP), is just a streamlined version with the essential, most-used stereo monitoring facilities.

Perfectly sized for small project studios or professional editing bays, the CMC2 measures 7.25 W X 6.5 D X 1.25 H-inches and weighs just 2.5lbs. It has three stereo inputs: two balanced stereo inputs and a 3.5mm unbalanced stereo aux input jack on the front for playing audio directly from phones and tablets. The aux input has a separate volume control to match monitoring levels with professional +4dB audio sources coming from Pro Tools HDX or any other DAW interface.

You get the MC’s Mix Check facilities: phase reverse, summed mono and dim. You can switch between two sets of stereo monitor loudspeakers; there is a separate subwoofer output with on/off switch and a separate volume control for the headphones.

The CMC2 sells for $299 MSRP and is a cost-effective yet great sounding monitor controller.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com