Drawmer's MC3.1 Monitor Controller updates their MC2.1 with an AES/SPDIF (24-bit/192kHz) digital input, a subwoofer output, assignable cue system, plus an upgraded talkback system with an external mic XLR input and footswitch jack.
I like the new Mix Check or Band Solo feature where you can monitor solo (non- destructively) the low, mid-range and high frequencies’ contribution to your mix. I especially thought the ability to set a calibrated monitoring level—say 85dB SPL—was great. Calibrated and realistic monitoring levels are super important.
Besides the digital input, other source inputs include: two stereo XLR analog line inputs, and both L/R RCA jacks plus a 1/8-inch stereo jack with a separate volume control. Both the Main mix and Cue mixes can be derived from any choice of these five inputs at the same time. This means the artist could have a completely different mix than the engineer and producer.
There are three separate balanced loudspeaker outputs selectable in any combination all with separate trim controls for precise level matching.
I think Drawmer MC3.1 is a winner here with the right combination of controls, features and Mix Check for $999 MSRP. More info on TransAudio Group at transaudiogroup.com.
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