Drawmer MC2.1

Monitor Controller with Four Inputs, Outputs for Three Sets of Speakers Plus Sub and Talkback Mic, 2 Headphone Outs, and Individual Level Controls
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Trust (and Record) What You Hear

The Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller ensures that you record what you hear. Nothing more or less. This is the cornerstone of great recordings. The MC2.1 gives you the transparency of the highest-quality monitoring circuit and a set of invaluable mix-checking features. You get balanced outputs for three pairs of speakers, plus a dedicated mono/sub-woofer output. Individual L/R trims provide complete control over level matching, while timed relay protection on all speaker outputs prevent power up/down thumps. Two pair of headphone outs complete your monitoring package. Really hear what you've got - with the Drawmer MC2.1.

Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller at a Glance:
  • Unerring monitoring accuracy
  • A true engineers tool
  • Why you need a monitor controller
Unerring monitoring accuracy

It's versatile, intuitive, and easy-to-use, but above all else, the Drawmer MC2.1 excels its unerring ability to faithfully reproduce what you've recorded. Monitoring accuracy - it may seem like a no-brainer, but it's surprising how many recordings are made using compromised monitoring setups. And the results are usually not pretty. If you're in the dark about what you're "committing to tape," you're nowhere. Far better to invest in two or three pairs of reference-grade monitor speakers (and perhaps one or two pairs of trustworthy headphones) and a serious monitor controller. Trust us, you'll make better-sounding recordings!

A true engineers tool

In typical Drawmer fashion, MC2.1 is built to be a true engineers tool. The active circuit was designed to faithfully reproduce the audio signal - while eliminating many of the problems that are caused by passive circuits. It also offers you a set of mix checking features that you won't find on most other controllers, such as individual left/right cuts, two seperate headphone amplifiers, and a talkback facility.

Why you need a monitor controller

You've spent weeks designing the ideal studio environment, plus a fortune on active speakers, dynamics processors, mics and preamps, and a whole roomfull of other gear. Don't blow it now! A monitor controller is central to every recording setup and perhaps the most important element of your entire signal chain - providing the reference that lets you achieve optimal mic placements, EQ. and mix balances. This is one thing that should always be absolutely guaranteed: that you can rely on the absolute accuracy of your monitor controller. With the Drawmer MC2.1, you can.

Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller Features:
  • Ultra-low noise and transparent circuit design
  • Linear power supply with low hum toroidal transformer and internal voltage selector switch
  • Three balanced stereo speaker outputs, plus a dedicated mono speaker/sub-woofer output
  • All outputs with individual L/R trims under unit to provide complete control over level matching
  • Timed relay protection on all speaker outputs to prevent power up/down thumps.
  • Comprehensive mix checking facilities including L/R Cut, Phase Reverse, Mono, Dim, Mute
  • Parallelled custom quad pots on main and headphone level controls for easy channel matching
  • Four inputs: Neutrik XLR, Neutrik XLR/JACK COMBI, and shared aux phono/3.5mm jack
  • Two headphone amplifiers with individual level controls
  • Built in talkback mic with level control, mono output jack, and internal headphone routing
  • Rugged steel chasis and stylish brushed aluminium cover
  • Can be stacked and is rack mountable (via optional 2U mounting kit)
Hear what you're recording, with the Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller!

Additional Media

MC2.1 User Manual
Studio Monitor Buying Guide
The Last Word in Monitor Control

Tech Specs

Input Channels 4
Output Channels 5
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 2 x XLR-1/4" combo, 2 x RCA, 1 x 1/8" TRS (aux in)
Analog Outputs 6 x XLR (speaker out), 1 x XLR (mono out), 1 x 1/4" (talkback out)
Headphones 2 x 1/4"
Talkback Yes
Form Factor Desktop, Rackmount (2U Mounting Kit sold separately)
Height 3.18"
Width 10.70"
Depth 8.46"
Weight 5.51 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MC2.1

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
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Crystal amazing sound

I just say it's the most crystal clear transparent monitor controller. I replace my old unit and I'm using with my Antelope Audio Pure2 and all cables are Mogami gold!Amazing set up! All controls are soft and its built like a tank. Thank you Simon Pizzato for this recomendation.
Music background: Mix and Master engineer

2 years of Awesomeness

I purchased this about 2 years ago for my desktop monitor control after considering the various Dangerous units. I am so glad I got this. After 2 years I have nothing bad to say about it. I already had a really good AD/DA converter...so I didn't need to pay the extra for one on this unit...and it saves money. The flexibility of the inputs and outputs are great. It sits right on my desk next to me and it sounds great. It has all I need and nothing more. Thus, I don't feel like a paid for a bunch of features I didn't need. It's perfect!
Music background: Studio

Don't think twice

Amazing piece of gear...blows away the central station. better stereo image by far and built like a tank..
Music background: Studio junky

Drawmer does it again!

This is just what I was looking for. I found myself using the console less and less and the center section was more and more becoming what this Drawmer is already. This thing feels solid and works perfectly like my other Drawmer gear. Great purchase.

Why wouldn't you buy this black beauty?

I was nothing short of pleasantly surprised by this little magic box. So clean and simple. Being able to easily switch between my sono srp800's and my aventones has greatly improved my mixing. Make sure you have quality converters. I'm running the drawmer from an apogee symphony.
Music background: Wannabe producer/ Mixing engineer.

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

You've spent thousands of dollars putting together the best studio you can, picking out the optimum converters, treating your room, and selecting multiple sets of quality studio monitors. Don't risk it all with a sub-par monitor controller. Drawmer's MC2.1 gives you the confidence only a truly professional monitor controller can offer. The MC2.1 lets you connect up to three pairs of studio monitors and a variety of input sources, all routed through one of the most transparent switching systems we've ever heard. There's even a mono output for your subwoofer, and timed relay protection on the speaker outputs prevents dangerous thumps when you power up and down. Built with high-headroom active circuitry, the MC2.1 gives you the added benefit of front-panel trim controls that let you match the levels of your studio monitors, without coloring your sound. Individual left and right channel mutes let you focus in on critical stereo information, and with a couple buttons, you can check your stereo output by flipping the phase of one channel and summing to mono - a tried-and-true trick that can absolutely save your mix. On top of all of this, the Drawmer MC2.1 monitor controller provides you with a pair of extremely lucid headphone amplifiers, which are a real bonus when you're recording or collaborating in the control room, and a built-in talkback circuit makes communicating in multi-room setups a breeze.
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