SPL MC16 16-Channel Mastering Monitor Controller, Black
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16-Channel Mastering Monitor Controller
The MC16 is designed to monitor surround and immersive audio projects (Dolby Atmos®, Auro 3D®, etc…) in the analog domain, offering the same unrivalled quality as 120V stereo monitoring.
Sixteen buttons are used to activate the corresponding loudspeakers.
The 16 inputs of Input 1 and Input 2 are routed directly to the outputs to ensures that an output routing of a DAW session always matches the routing in the MC16.
The buttons allow you to insert a label with the exact name of the loudspeaker.
2 x 16
MC16 offers two 16-channel inputs to quickly compare a current project with a reference production.
This analog potentiometer is used to adjust the monitor level. We developed a 16-level potentiometer, with which we could realize the volume control in the analog domain, because we did not want to accept a digital control, which is afflicted with resolution deficits and limited dynamic range.
You can save speaker setups to three memory locations. So you can quickly call up a 5.1 or an 11.1 or a 9.1.6 configuration.
In solo mode, three more memory locations are available with the same keys. For example, you can create solo groups for all front speakers and all ceiling speakers and all rear speakers.
The 120V technology
The 120V technology is our reference technology. The 120V technology is unique in the world. It operates at a DC voltage of 120 volts. This is four times that of IC-based semiconductor op-amps.
The highest possible audio quality requires the highest possible audio operating voltage.
The 120V technology works with +/-60 V. To be able to handle such a high voltage, we have developed special proprietary operational amplifiers that can operate with a DC voltage of +/-60 V: the SPL 120V SUPRA operational amplifiers.
This high voltage would destroy conventional components and operational amplifiers.
By the way, the “120V” in the name of the technology has nothing to do with the local mains voltage from the mains power socket. This is about the operating voltage inside the device with which the audio signals are processed.
The mains voltage from the mains power socket is transformed to the required secondary voltage in the device’s internal linear power supply with toroidal transformer. Rectifiers convert this AC voltage into DC voltage required in the audio device.
The idea for SPL 120V technology and the SUPRA operational amplifier based on this technology were developed in the 1990s by SPL founder and chief developer Wolfgang Neumann.
With the goal of building the best mastering console ever, this basic technological philosophy then took shape for the first time – thus the SPL MMC1 Mastering Console for Galaxy Studios saw the light of day in 2000.
The outstanding sonic and technical features quickly got around in the scene – so further orders were not long in coming.
Besides the MMC 1, another legendary product with 120V technology was created with the PQ, the “King of Parametric Equalizers”.
Since that time, 120V technology has been the foundation for all SPL premium products. Meanwhile, not only for mastering applications, but also for the, studio or hifi use.
Analog inputs & output; XLR & DB25 (balanced)
- Maximum input & output gain: 32.5 dBu
- Input impedance: 20 kΩ
- Output impedance: 75 Ω
- Common mode rejection: -82 dBu
- Frequency range (-3 dB): 4 Hz – 300 kHz
- Crosstalk (1 kHz): -100 dBu
- THD + N (+24 dBu): > 112 dB
- Noise (A-weighted): -102.4 dB
Internal Linear Power Supply with Shielded Toroidal Transformer
- Operating voltage for analog audio: +/- 60 V
- Operating voltage for relays and LEDs: + 12 V
Mains Power Supply
- Mains voltage (selectable, see fuse chamber): 230 V AC / 50; 115 V AC / 60 Hz
- Fuse for 230 V: T 1 A
- Fuse for 115 V: T 2 A
- Power consumption: max. 70 VA
Dimensions & Weight
- W x H x D (width x height x depth): 482 x 88 x 300 mm, 19 x 3.46 x 11.8 inch
- Unit weight: 8.4 kg, 18.52 lbs
- Shipping weight (incl. packaging): 11 kg, 24.25 lbs