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Old 25th January 2011
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Stepped switches are indeed usually what's expected on gear specifically designed for mastering. From my understanding talking with Billy Stull the design decision for pots was to allow it to be kept at a manageable size and price.

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Steve,

Most of the controls are stepped on the MP. Freq, boost/cut, compr threshold, ratio are all stepped. Boost and cut are stepped to 1/4dB. The less sensitive Q control is continuous, but that has never been a problem for recall - just note a "clock position." The main gain I/O gain controls are continuous, but this turns out to be an advantage as they can be adjusted to 1/10th dB, something that is not possible in practice with stepped, and they can be matched L/R to 1/10th dB. The gain controls are of such high quality that they do not drift or scratch when set. When I've needed to do a recall with the MP the results have matched perfectly with out issue.
Old 25th January 2011
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Steve,

Most of the controls are stepped on the MP. Freq, boost/cut, compr threshold, ratio are all stepped. Boost and cut are stepped to 1/4dB. The less sensitive Q control is continuous, but that has never been a problem for recall - just note a "clock position."
Alan -
Thanks for the clarification, and my apologies to the board for any misinformation. For some reason I was remembering the eq gain boost controls were continuously variable from when I looked at it at AES a few years back. Is this not true? Guess it shows how fallible the memory can be.

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The main gain I/O gain controls are continuous, but this turns out to be an advantage as they can be adjusted to 1/10th dB, something that is not possible in practice with stepped, and they can be matched L/R to 1/10th dB.
Just noting that I had continuously variable input gain controls taken out of my similarly Rupert Neve designed Medici. It does limit these to 0.5dB steps - but the side matching is now within 0.01dB.

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The gain controls are of such high quality that they do not drift or scratch when set. When I've needed to do a recall with the MP the results have matched perfectly with out issue.
I agree that having some continuously variable controls doesn't necessarily mean that they are not useful as mastering tools as I use a couple of boxes with these all the time.

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Old 25th January 2011
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I agree that having some continuously variable controls doesn't necessarily mean that they are not useful as mastering tools as I use a couple of boxes with these all the time.
I'm mentally challenged and I just like to limit my choices to few clicks.

However, continuously variable controls can be OK, especially when then range is good and they're not in the signal path. Recall is tougher, obviously. My FCS compressor is full of pots, and while I've thought of making it all stepped, I don't know how much I'd really benefit from it when all I tweak is threshold, ratio and output gain.

The gain would be great, stepped. I might do just that.
Old 25th January 2011
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Jensen (and others) uses a standard massive passive... not a mastering "step" one...
He makes great job...

But good to see that MPII has lots of step pots. It's a plus for recall.
And yes, continuous settings are sometimes better feeling than "elma", if they are good built and long run.
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