Monitor System Controller optimizes studio workflow and tunes any speakers in the room 12/11/09
Here's the press release...
JBL Professional announced delivery of the MSC1 Monitor System Controller, bringing convenience and greater accuracy to audio production rooms at a most accessible price point. The MSC1 Monitor System Controller includes features found in large mixing consoles to control essential monitoring functions from the mix position. Since acoustic issues in the room can compromise the quality of the mix, the MSC1 includes the new 3rd generation of JBL's highly acclaimed RMCâ„¢ Room Mode Correction Technology that tunes the monitor system to over come low frequency room problems that can affect the quality of the mix. The affordable MSC1 works with any speaker system, and is the perfect add-on to JBL's new LSR2300 Series studio monitors.
"JBL has led the charge to tackle problems in the room that have plagued music recording and post customers," said Peter Chaikin, JBL Professional Director of Recording and Broadcast Marketing. "Our LSR6300 and LSR4300 studio monitors with RMC are helping mix engineers create better mixes. The new MSC1 gives any studio the ability and confidence to deliver mixes that sound great in any playback environment."
The MSC1 provides the ability to monitor up to three 2-channel input sources, such as a mixing console, computer workstation, and personal music player while controlling the volume of the monitor system and connected headphones. The MSC allows connection of two sets of speakers and a subwoofer. The primary "A" speaker outputs include user-defined monitor EQ and JBL RMC to tune the system to the room. The subwoofer output has its own level control, selectable crossover settings and RMC to perfectly blend a sub with the "A" speakers. The "B" speaker outputs allow connection of a second set of studio monitors. Included MSC1 Control Center Software allows access to user-adjustable settings including speaker equalization, subwoofer crossover frequency, subwoofer polarity and level, and fine-resolution delay that can be applied to compensate for variations in speaker and subwoofer distance relative to the listening position.
Since much of today's production is carried out in rooms with less-than-perfect acoustics, the MSC1 Monitor System Controller includes JBL's highly acclaimed RMC Room Mode Correction Technology. RMC measures the room and automatically tunes the speakers to compensate for low frequency anomalies caused by room modes, proximity to walls and the work surface. RMC calibration is simply carried out using a supplied calibration microphone and MSC1 Control Center Software. During the RMC calibration, the software measures the room, calculates and downloads corrective filter coefficients to the MSC1 and balances the primary speakers and subwoofer within a 1/4 dB of each other. Following calibration, the MSC1 operates as a stand-alone unit without the need for connection to a computer. The MSC1 ships with Windows XP and Vista-compatible software. Macintosh-compatible software will be available spring, 2010. Pricing and Availability:
The MSC1 is available through JBL Professional dealers at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $375.00 US.