With more and more audio engineers opting for home studios over larger environments, proper high-end controlling remains a top priority. Now, API, a company already well known for its products’ top-tier sound, has a brand new solution. The MC531 is a desktop format monitor controller offering everything engineers need, from source switching to headphone management. All of this, while maintaining the crystal-clear integrities of each signal that passes through. Here’s the full rundown of the API MC531 monitor controller, and the features it offers.
API MC531 Monitor Controller
At the front end, the API MC531 already packs a massive punch. The first three inputs offer line-level balanced stereo support, with the fourth input offering either USB or AES, and its fifth source from either Bluetooth, or an 1/8″ jack. Additionally, each of these cue sources are buffered by the API 2510 Op Amp, for pristine sound. Especially impressive of these offerings, is the bluetooth option. Even in the modern age, audio engineers don’t yet have a lot of monitor controllers offering bluetooth support as part of its system. At the top-left of the unit sits an internal talkback microphone, with its own dedicated gain control. Finally, individual mute buttons for the connected left and right speakers sit just below that, accompanied by a mono button, and a full mute.
Next to its main control room volume dial sits a full 18-point LED visual monitor for each output channel. This provides a very in-depth experience to users, allowing for a more detailed look at the levels their outputs are sitting at overall. The monitor station’s dimmer is seated next to this, along with its own adjustment knob. The MC531 sends stereo outputs to up to three sets of stereo monitors, all with optional subwoofer support. Headphones wise, the new API monitor controller supports two separate headphone outputs, with their own switchers installed.
Overall, the API MC531 seems to offer some very exciting features, many of which we haven’t seen in many other monitor control products. Especially with the included bluetooth, and 1/8″ jack source options – which are sure to offer the musician visiting your studio with reference tracks a smooth experience. The API MC531 is available now for $2,495, worldwide. To learn more info about this product, or find a list of dealers, check out API’s website.