Radial MC3 Studio Monitor Controller

Passive Monitor Switcher & Headphone Amp


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The Radial MC3 is designed to provide smaller production studios with a cost-effective yet high performance monitor, sub and headphone management system.

All monitor switching and level controls are passive, thus ensuring no extra amplifiers are inserted in between the source recording system and playback monitors - unlike active switchers which colour the tone. The MC3 employs ‘straight wires’ between the input and output with only gold sealed relays and a variable resistor in between so signal coming from the recorder to the monitors is not altered in any way.

Designed for active nearfield monitors, the Radial MC3 features two stereo outputs plus a separate sub-woofer feed. Individual trim controls are provided for seamless switching between speakers. Separate on-off switches allow any or all to be selected at one time and an adjustable dim switch may be activated to temporarily reduce the monitor level. A single control acts as the master for quickly setting the desired listening level.

Commenting on the development of the MC3, Radial company president Peter Janis said "Smart studios make money by being able to work in all mediums. For instance the ultimate playback can occur on ear buds, headphones, TVs, computers, gaming, car stereos and of course, on sophisticated home entertainment systems. Effective mixing requires listening to various types of speakers and headphones to ensure the ultimate mix will translate well and stand up. The Radial MC3 is a cost-effective device that enables today's smaller production studios and post production suites to properly address the situation.”

“Although there are all kinds of monitor controllers on the market, in our view, many are either overly complex or introduce active circuitry and artifacts in between the recording system and the playback monitors. We wanted to bring an affordable solution to the market that would enable the recording engineer to quickly switch between monitors, listen via headphones and be able to turn on or off a sub-woofer".

The MC3 is equipped with a high output headphone amp that is capable of driving two sets of headphones at the same time. A separate ear-bud output makes for easy connection to iPod-type environments. All outputs may be summed mono for quick phase check and AM radio listening simulation.

As the MC3 will likely find its way into live production, it is manufactured following Radial's legendary ultra heavy-duty construction. This includes a 14-gauge steel enclosure with a unique protective zone to keep switches and controls out of harms way. Steel cased switches and steel potentiometers provide maximum lifespan while the 100% discrete circuit topology is supported with a dual-sided mil-spec circuit board and full ground plane to further reduce noise. 

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