Studio Monitoring quandary
#919566 - 10/06/11 11:27 AM
Here's what I'm doing at the moment:
I have a Sonic Core
Scope based DAW for ITB production. One of the Scope ADAT OUTs is connected to my old
Yamaha 01V mixer ADAT IN for monitoring purposes. The Yammy 01V analogue main outs are
connected to a TC Electronic Level Pilot for volume control before going into my active
The reason I still use the 01V is so I can have multiple sources
connected for monitoring, zero latency talent headphone cues on auxes etc. I could also
use it for live band recording via ADAT into the DAW, not that that's ever happened.
Here's the problem:
The headphone and monitor outs on the 01V are
awful. I'm not sure if they always were but there's some digital distortion in one channel
when the signal is low, so fade out and reverb trails end prematurely in a scratchy stop,
like there are some bits missing at the LSB end, although the main outs appear to be
So, what I’ve been thinking is that I really need better monitor
control that includes a decent headphone output. I’ve looked at things like the SM Audio
Pro M-Patch 2, but I’m not sure about the quality of the headphone amp. I also looked at
the Mackie Big Knob but found out it’s active (no thanks!). I can’t justify £460 on a
Presonus Central Station so I’m kind of stuck.
Are there any glaringly
obvious scenarios I’ve overlooked? Should I get a DAC with a headphone amp and bypass
the 01V by using the Scope SP/DIF out?