Surround Monitoring Controller.
SPL Surround Monitor Controller
One-point stereo and 5.1 volume control, source and speaker management
"But the best part about the SMC was its sound, or rather lack of sound." (MIX Magazine, US)
The SPL Surround Monitor Controller (SMC) is a one-point analog volume control and switching matrix for system-independent 5.1 surround and stereo monitoring for essentially any audio application:
Surround and stereo production
DVD-V, DVD-A, SACD and DTS authoring
Film and video postproduction
Video and game production
A/V and multimedia production
Audiophile home entertainment systems
The advantages of the SMC become especially apparent in combination with modern audio and video production tools such as ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic, Deck etc.
One of the SMC's biggest advantages is the possibility to manage several input sources, i. e. for comparing and monitoring SACD or DVD material.
Who needs analog level control?
Simply putmost DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) users. A majority of D/A converters and sound cards provide nothing in the way of analog level monitoring control, and this means the necessity of varying signal levels at the converter outputs. The result is a lowered bit rate in the monitoring signal, which can lead to commensurate loss of audio quality.
Electronic controls (for example in AV receivers) employ VCA and DAC components which tend to produce more distortions, or the signal runs through further AD/DA converters for the volume control. Thus especially with high resolution audio (24/96kHz, SACD, DVD-A ...), only a high-quality analog, direct control of the source output ensures an unimpaired playback of the original information.
Designed to provide only the necessary functions with excellent audio quality, the SMC offers a uniquely cost-effective speaker and source management solution.
Users & Applications
The advantages of the SMC become especially apparent in combination with modern audio and video production tools such as ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase, Logic, Deck etc. Monitor levels and source management can be handled independently of the software and with virtually no loss in quality. You no longer need to set up additional aux sends or an alternative surround master for monitoring. In addition, you won't have to worry about over- or underdriving the converters due to monitor levels.
One of the SMC's biggest advantages is the possibility to manage several input sources: comparing and monitoring SACD or DVD material is much easier than having to import all of your audio files and set up monitor mixes not to mention the conversion of multichannel audio.
Standard A/V receivers are often used for this task. The problem with this is that the audio has to be either AD/DA converted or manipulated by signal-degenerating control circuitry (VCA's, DAC's etc.) for volume control, so you never hear the unadulterated audio especially frustrating when you're working on SACD or DVD-A projects.
The SMC's rugged and ergonomic steel-blue desktop enclosure with its slanted front panel harmonizes perfectly with the desktop production environment and can be placed exactly where control is needed.
Input impedance, balanced (Sub-D): 50 kOhms
Unbalanced (RCA): 10 kOhms
Output impedance, balanced (1/4" TRS): 600 Ohms
Input level -10 dB: 0.04%
Input level 0 dB: 0.01%
Input level +10 dB: 0.006%
Input level +18 dB: 0.002%
Input level:+22 dB: 0.1%
Noise, A-weighted: -98 dB
Maximum input level: +22 dB
Dynamic response: 120 dB
Common mode rejection
@100 Hz: 70 dBu
@1 kHz: 70 dBu
@10 kHz: 60 dBu
@100 kHz: 50 dBu
Frequency response: 10 Hz-100 kHz (-3 dB)
Phase: -36° (10-120kHz, -3 dB center frequency)
Phase, linear 20 Hz-100 kHz
Dimensions H x W x D:
91 x 272 x 220 mm (3 9/16" x 10 11/16" x 8 21/32")
Weight 2.3 Kg (5 lbs)
Subject to change without notice.