JBL MSC1Item ID: MSC1
Monitor System Controller with Room Mode Correction for Windows and Mac Computers
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RMC for any monitoring system!Get your mixes to translate! The JBL MSC1 is a powerful heart to your monitoring system. Yes, it's a monitor controller, giving you easy switching between two sets of studio monitors — but it's much more than that! Included with the MSC1, you get a measurement microphone and JBL's Room Mode Correction technology. That way, you can compensate for acoustics problems in your room, so your mixes will always translate! The MSC1 works with all studio monitors, in any room. Plus, it features A/B/C input selection, for total pro monitoring control with the MSC1.
JBL MSC1 Monitor System Controller at a Glance:
Central Control for Your System
Command all control room monitoring functions right from your mix position, with the MSC1 Monitor System Controller. In a convenient desk-top form-factor, the MSC1 provides essential "monitor strip" features found in large mixing consoles. Since the acoustics of your room can play a big part in what you hear, the MSC1 includes JBL's highly acclaimed RMC Room Mode Correction Technology. The end-result is a calibrated reference environment in which your speakers work in harmony with your room to take the guesswork out of mixing. With RMC you can tune your monitor system for greater clarity at the mix position. With the MSC1, you're clearly in control.
JBL RMC Technology
In the quest to deliver better mixes in any room, JBL developed RMC technology for their acclaimed LSR Series studio monitors. But they didn't stop there. They designed the MSC1 with next generation RMC to work with any studio monitor system in any room. No matter what speaker system you own, you can have a truly calibrated environment fine-tuned to give you your best mixes. The MSC1 includes JBL's acclaimed RMC Room Mode Correction technology that measures your room and tackles low frequency problems caused by room modes and boundary conditions. The MSC1 comes with everything needed to calibrate your system including a Calibration Mic, MSC1 Control Center Software, and accessory cables. Calibration is simply carried out using the supplied microphone, MSC1 Control Center Software and your computer. Before measuring your room, Control Center meticulously measures the signal path of your audio system to set the stage for an accurate speaker calibration. Control Center Software guides you through every step. Once your system has been measured, re-calibration of your speakers is fast and easy and can be done at any time. After RMC calibration, the MSC1 works as a stand-alone controller and connection to a computer is not required.
Control 3 Stereo Inputs
As the "hub" of your system, the MSC1 controls the monitoring of three stereo input sources such as a computer workstation, mixing console, electronic musical instrument, CD or personal MP3 player. The MSC1's primary speaker "A" outputs include a level control, monitor EQ and RMC Room Mode Correction to tune the monitors to the room. Selecting the "B" outputs assigns the volume control and input routing to a second set of speakers. Subwoofer controls let you add a sub to the "A" speaker system, with a dedicated level control, and a choice of bass management crossover settings. The MSC1 headphone output and independent level control let you send a headphone feed to a performer or monitor using headphones in the control room.
JBL MSC1 Monitor System Controller Features:
JBL's RMC technology for any monitoring system with the MSC1 Monitor Controller System!
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Reviewsbased on 8 reviews
The Perfect Room EQ Fix
by Jimmy Fassler from Norman OKI have been using the MSC1 for two years now. It is the single most important piece of equipment in my monitor set up. With the MSC1's room analyzation and and EQ correction, I have been mixing & mast... read more [+]ering projects with total transparency and confidence. The mixes have proven to translate perfectly on any system for clients out side of my studio's environment. My monitor set up without the MSC1 is like mixing with cotton in your ears. Great bang for the buck here! close [-]
March 8, 2013
Music Background: Writer, Producer, SVP of radio for the BN4IA.
THE REAL DEAL
by LEIGHTON from LAUDERDALE LAKES FL USATHE MSC1 IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPEN TO MY HOME STUDIO, WITHOUT USING THE RMC SYSTEM THE MSC1 MAXIMIZE THE STEREO IMAGE AND CLARITY OF MY SPEAKERS , THE RMC SYSTEM TOOK SOME TIME TO SET UP BUT THAT ... read more [+]WAS EXPECTED SUCH CALCULATIONS SHOULD BE DONE WITH CARE. I REALLY LIKED THE FACT THAT IT DID A CALCULATION OF THE SOUND CARD TO SEE WHAT IT WAS WORKING WITH(ALL SOUND CARDS AREN'T EQUAL) , THE MSC1 REALLY WORKS IT IDENTIFIED AND TOOK PROPER ACTION ON A COUPLE OF FREQUENCIES IVE BEEN HAVING PROBLEMS WITH AND CLEAR MY MIXES UP, WORTH EVERY CENT I PAID FOR IT , THANKS RYAN AND SWEETWATER, close [-]
November 1, 2010
Music Background: PRODUCER,PRO MUSICAN,ENGINEER
Could solve a big problem in the studio room
by Rick from CT, USAFantastic way to centralizing speaker setup, a great addition to my studio. Room Mode seems to work, though the step by step procedure can be overwhelming the first time around. On Sweetwater rep Andr... read more [+]ew's recommendation, added JBL speakers, and that's when it worked best. close [-]
December 8, 2011
Music Background: Musician, Writer, Producer
No Mac software after almost a year
by from Eugene, ORThe webpage says "MSC1 Control Center Software for Macintosh OS available Spring 2010". I'm still waiting after I bought it in March. I contact JBL every 2 months to see when it will be ready. They... read more [+] keep telling me soon. I should of went with the KRK. I had to borrow 3 different Windows machines before I could get the extremely buggy software to work. I sounds good once I got it up and running, but I spent 4 days doing that. close [-]
October 28, 2010
Music Background: Bass Player, Producer, Recording Engineer
Noisy, Jittery and Hot
by Robert from BarbadosPros:
June 21, 2011
Music Background: Singer, Composer, Keyboardist, Recording Engineer
This unit caught my eye at first glance. I found it to be more aesthetic in appearance than the Mackie Big Knob and also a supposedly seemless addition to my JBL 2328's.
C... read more [+]ons:
MANY, but I'll just name a few.
For starters, I did not expect to get a constant annoying humming. No matter what I did, I couldn't eliminate that hum.
Secondly, the volume knob has a tendency to be unresponsive. Then at times when left alone, it would jump decibels from very low to startlingly high dB levels.
Thirdly this unit gets too hot too fast. Somehow I believe this contributes to it's jittery volume behaviour after just a little time into a session.
I would not get into software issues since previous reviews have dealt quite thoroughly with those.
I must admit that I wished these other reviews were done prior to my purchasing this item.
On another note, it would also have been nice to see an integrated talkback mic with this unit. I am still very confident of JBL's speaker reputation and achievements and would still continue to purchase from them in the future, but I am extremely disappointed in this particular product and I hope they would seek to address these and other issues associated with this product and get things right the next time around. close [-]
Rick, Gloucester, MA
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