The Konnektor promises mastering engineers the drag-and-drop simplicity and recall of plug-in remote control.
Even in this ‘Age of the DAW’ many of us still have analogue outboard that we like to route signals through for a bit of polishing, but the more outboard you use, the harder it is to integrate with a DAW. A traditional solution is to use a patchbay, manually connecting the equipment in any desired order, and for small-scale systems it’s often quite practical to connect a few outboard units permanently into spare I/O channels of one of the larger multi-channel computer interfaces, with the actual signal path being constructed using the interface’s control panel or the DAW’s built-in routing facilities.
In most mastering rooms, though, the preferred solution is to employ some kind of matrix switching system, with all the outboard hard-wired directly into the matrix, enabling the user to decide which units are connected into the signal path and in which order. Indeed, this is the approach taken with my own Crookwood M1 mastering console, which allows up to three analogue and three digital signal processors to be patched in to the signal path in more or less any order. The obvious downside of these kinds of...
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