New Toys: Heritage Audio RAM 1000 Monitor Controller

Actually, purpose-built for compact personal recording studios, the RAM 1000 (that’s Reference Audio Monitoring) has everything you’ll need to monitor your stereo music in the highest musical fidelity possible.

The RAM 1000 is for stereo monitoring with up to three input sources including Bluetooth wireless using either APT®, AAC and SBC codecs. When a co-writer or producer comes in with an idea or a melody or maybe a certain sound on their cell phone, just play it out on BT and everyone in the room hears it on the same monitor speakers together.

The other two sets of stereo inputs can be either professional +4dBu level XLR jacks or -10 dBv level TRS jacks (switchable). This is a valuable feature for the accurate comparison of your mix’s overall sound and loudness with what is “out there” streaming. All three inputs maybe monitored at the same time in any combination—they are mixed together so the loudest source wins! Furthermore, both Stereo Outs work at the same time so Output 1 could feed your monitor speakers and Output 2 could feed a cue system or another set of speakers out in your studio room.

There are two LED VU meters to measure the actual electrical level of the audio. Other very ‘pro’ features I find important in music production studios are the good-sized buttons for: -20dB Dim button, Mute, and a Mono button for summing the Left & Right channels in the monitors only. I also cannot work without a proper stereo headphone master volume control and the unit’s large, easy-to-find impressive Master volume control knob. 

I tried the Bluetooth system with my iPhone (AAC) and it paired immediately. The headphone amp is capable of driving any impedance headphones louder than loud with good bass. RAM 1000 is USB-C-powered, but a power supply was not included. I used the wall wart that came with my iPhone. 

This is a fantastic monitor controller for the modern project studio! It is easy to use and works and sounds great! It sells for $499 MAP.

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