Crystalphonic Installs m906 5.1 Monitor Controller

Apr 1, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Crystalphonic Recording Studios, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a world-class studio complex that caters to music clients both on the local and national level. The multi-room facility is equipped with the finest in digital and analog technologies and now includes a recently installed m906 5.1 monitor controller as the primary monitor control system for the studio’s B-room. The m906 is used in a 5.1 configuration and is primarily sourced from a large Digidesign Pro Tools|HD rig. The m906 has an SRP of $5,995.

The m906 is a stand-alone, high fidelity 5.1 surround monitoring system and is comprised of three system components; a 2U, 19” rackmount I/O and processing mainframe, a remote control unit and an external half-rack linear power supply. Multiple analog and digital inputs are provided for both 5.1 and stereo sources. Digital formats include AES3, ADAT, S/PDIF and Optical, and incorporates Grace’s latest generation, ultra-low distortion 24-bit, 192kHz D/A converter technology. Two 5.1 control room outputs and up to three stereo pair outputs are provided with individual channel solo/mute capability. Comprehensive system calibration tools allow users to fine tune input levels, individual inter-channel balance and control room output levels. Other features include a built in reference headphone amplifier with dual outputs and a talkback mic input with an associated TB switch for communicating with talent in the studio.

“Crystalphonic initially chose the m906 based on the high quality of Grace’s other products. We own a number of Grace pieces and find them to be without measure. I figured the m906 would be a very flexible and convenient surround monitoring system but what I discovered after installing it simply blew me away,” noted Crystalphonic owner Kevin McNoldy.

“The system, when combined with a great set of speakers, gives an entirely new dimension to recorded music. I give the m906 the best compliment I can possibly give to a piece of pro-audio gear – I simply refuse to mix without it. As with all our Grace equipment choices, Crystalphonic will end up owning multiple units.”

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