View Full Version : monitor amp inputs a/b
03-07-2002, 01:03 PM
i am setting up a home demo studio. i have a roland vs840 recorder, and recently got an alesis ra-100 amp and near field monitors.
i need a way to switch between the recorder and a cd player (for comparing mixes to cd's). the alesis only has 1 input. can anyone recommend something that will alow me to switch inputs? OR, i have considered getting a decent home stereo amp w/ multiple inputs. does anyone have an experienced opinion on reference amps like the alesis vs. a home stereo amp (i was told the most importaint link in the recording chain was the transducers).
03-07-2002, 10:29 PM
A home stereo amp will color the sound, you don't want to do that. A product I recommend would actually be the Furman SRM80 Signal Router, but I don't know if you'd want to shell out the $400-$500 price for this product. This allows you to select what source you want to go to what set of speakers. Sure you could do this on a mixer, but that changes the quality and gain stages of your mix as well as can also color it. With that said for a home studio setup, it's still not a bad thing to do and will be cheaper. Nothing huge or fancy, just a basic mixer with a few inputs will do.
03-11-2002, 08:48 AM
thanx brad. some folks on another board suggested something simular to the router.
what would be problematic about wiring up 2 sets of inputs to a switch leading to one set of outputs? it seems too obvious, i bet there's some grounding probs or something else i don't understand.
03-11-2002, 10:18 AM
how about a speaker switcher? radio shack has one, its passive, so it should work, in theory.. cons?
03-12-2002, 10:50 PM
Understand that part of getting studio monitors is to get an accurate representation of what you are hearing. By getting a product that is not designed with accuracy in mind, you are in essence coloring the sound that you have been trying not to do to begin with :-) Pro and Project studios alike are using the SRM80, I highly recommend it. If you've made the investment in your other studio gear thus far, don't make a sacrifice on such a crucial part of the audio chain.
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