Originally Posted by nucelar
There is a lot of interest in monitor controllers but I don't really understand the obsession about the volume knob. Of course there is the need to switch between speaker pairs, but in terms of level adjustment, I have not touched a volume knob in maybe months (mixing at work).
Granted, I mix for TV, not music, but the same principle applies. I calibrate the room and mix at one known level always. this will allow me to mix by ear.
I made a simple 3 position volume switch box with a couple of resistors that gives me full - dim - mute.
There are a lot more variables to having a monitor controller than just mixing.
I used to do a lot of broadcast and never touched the volume knob either.
But as a producer, i am currently turning it up and down when tracking in the room, mixing, editing, comping, and playing back to clients... and all those are variable depending on the style of music and my mood.
It is not about just calibrating, often it is about having the right vibe and atmosphere in the room to obtain the right tracks.
Some of the time i will have it at one volume setting and just hit the dim switch or change to my small monitors on the shelf, but doing only that is for a small number of specialties.