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Thoughts on ProControl Monitor section? Control Surfaces
Old 1st November 2004
Gear nut

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Thoughts on ProControl Monitor section?

Over the last couple of years, I have read a few negative comments on the ProControl monitor section. If I go ProControl, am I going to have to grab an outboard monitor controller as well (i.e. Coleman, etc.)?
I know this is a little subjective, but I am wondering how much the PC colours the sound. I am a primarilly a mixer, so I am looking for a simple, neutral signal path.


Old 1st November 2004
Lives for gear
Boo....Hiss!!!!!! bypass the monitor contol and the D to A in the Digi as well..early ProControls' mistracked badly...throw a Benchmark DAC on an AES output and listen yourself!!
Old 1st November 2004
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Make sure to get the replacment for the knob to an encoder from Digi instead.
Old 1st November 2004
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the ProControl is a great interface for protools but the monitor section has a multitude of problems. the control room monitor pot is horrible. the power supplies go south. the headphone systems go south. but it still is the best interface to the protools computer that i have seen. now your idea of having an alternative listening environment is great if you can go between stereo and surround easily. I would suggest the ProControl for its interface even though the mon sec is so fubar, and the control 24 is far less elegant. all those huis and what not are just toys. great for your bedroom but no place for a working studio.
Old 2nd November 2004
Gear nut

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Hmmm. A friend of mine describes the PC monitor section this way: Some people hate it, some think it's okay but no one actually thinks it's good.
If this is the case it can't be neutral...
does anyone have anything positive to say about it?
Old 2nd November 2004
The feature set of it is great and continues to operate well in battle conditions, however, I am going to be soon running direct from Benchmark DAC-1 to my monitors - while mixing - I just want that "purer path"...

Coleman unit sounds like a good idea, let us know how you get on..

Old 3rd November 2004
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I'm not usually that outspoken, especially with negative opinions but...the ProControl monitor section is just awful. The main monitor pot probably costs about 50 cents and is "the weakest link" considering that all your audio passes through it, all the time. Three external sources are not enough, two pairs of speakers are not enough, surround...umm nevermind. Digital inputs? We wish. Oh well.
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