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Monitor selection

A description of the technology and function of monitor selection as found in mixing consoles.

The large monitor level rotary control sets the level of the main control room mmonitorloudspeakers. The output to the control room loudspeakers is normally derived from the console's stereo output, but may be switched to external inputs, EXxt1 or Ext 2. Ext 1 and 2 can each take their signal from any one of eleven sources.The large monitor level rotary control sets the level of the main control room montor loudspeakers. The output to the control room loudspeakers is normally derived from the console's stereo output, but may be switched to external inputs, EXT 1 or Ext 2. Ext 1 and 2 can each take their signal from any one of 11 sources.

The Dim button reduces the monitor level to a level set by the Dim Level control. The Dim function is also automatically activated when any of these buttons are pressed: Listen Mic; Foldback A, B or C; SLS (Studio Loudspeakers); Oscillator to Mix; ABCD or Busses 1-48.

The Cut button cuts the control room monitors and is also automatically activated by the Slate button.

'2 Ch' selects normal two-channel stereo monitoring.

'4 Ch' selects surround sound monitoring.

Mono sums left and right channels to the monitor, allowing the degree of mono compatibility of the mix to be assessed.

'Mini A' and 'Mini B' allow either of two sets of nearfield monitors to be used instead of the main monitors. The mini loudspeaker output has its own level control relative to the main monitor level.

By David Mellor Saturday May 31, 2003