Dangerous Music MONITOR ST

Stereo Monitor Control system with 4 Input Sources, 3 Speaker Outputs, and Remote Control
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The Ultimate DAW Monitoring Companion

It takes a studio owner/operator to know what other studio owners and engineers need from their gear. As former world-class studio owners and makers of custom mastering equipment, Dangerous Music builds no-compromise, problem-solving gear. Recreating a console's master section, the Dangerous Monitor ST is a stereo (upgradeable to 5.1) remote-controllable input source and speaker switcher, cue/talkback system, and headphone amplifier all in 1U package. It features a stepped analog volume attenuator, four input sources, three speaker outputs, and programmable I/O. With Monitor ST you can set up a great headphone mix while the talkback system, with dual control and dedicated slate output, lets you give the producer his own talkback button! Best of all, the Monitor ST lets you control your entire system right from the sweet spot.

Dangerous Music Dangerous Monitor ST Features:

  • Scalable monitor management solution
  • Relied upon by world-class mix and mastering engineers
  • Designed and built by a company founded upon mastering
  • Programmable remote tethered by a simple, elegant Cat 5e cable
  • Customize the five analog inputs, three speaker sets and dedicated subwoofer output
  • Pristine 20W headphone amp will inspire an artist's best performance
  • Analog stepped-attenuator volume control
  • No level control IC's used - pristine, accurate and repeatable.
  • 4 input sources
  • Switch between your DAW outputs, DVD player, CD player, tape machines, etc.
  • 3 speaker outputs
  • Switch between up to 3 sets of monitors
  • Programmable input gain offsets
  • Adjust for and store level offsets for different source devices
  • Input level compensation for -10dBV and +4dBu sources
  • Instantly adjust and store gain compensation for consumer devices
  • Input 4 has continuously variable level offset
  • Compensate for commercial CD levels and perform true A/B comparisons without compromising sound quality.
  • Programmable output level offsets
  • Fine-tune and store offsets to achieve equal apparent loudness on all your control room speakers- SR unit has continually variable level trims for L-R rear, center and LFE.
  • Assignable subwoofer output
  • Choose and store which sets of speakers you want to use with your sub
  • Programmable subwoofer level offset
  • Adjust and store subwoofer levels, easily alternate between sub function and LFE function
  • Selectable subwoofer filtering
  • Select and store subwoofer filter options for each set of speakers. Switch between full bandwidth for surround mixing and bottom octave only for stereo work.
  • Comprehensive speaker Mute and Solo
  • Easily mute and solo speakers in any combination
  • Flexible stereo cue system with main and auxiliary inputs
  • Use the aux input as a Beep channel to monitor computer alert tones or click tracks on the main speakers.
  • 40 watts of clean power for your headphones
  • Talkback system with dual control and dedicated slate output
  • Give the producer his own talkback button! Easily slate tracks, or send the slate output to a powered speaker for open-air talkback
  • SR unit has selected source output
  • Send source signals to meters or any other external device
  • Gain Tracking Accuracy: better than 0.05dB for 6 channels
  • THD+N: 0.002%
  • IMD: 0.003%
  • Frequency Response: 1Hz-100kHz -0.1dB
  • Crosstalk Rejection: >96dB
  • Nominal Input Level: +4dBu or -10dBV
  • Crossover: -3dB @ 57Hz 18dB/octave modified Butterworth/Chebyshev
  • Headphone amp: 0.002% THD+N
  • Headroom: +25dBu to main outputs
  • Warranty: 2 years parts and labor, subject to inspection.
The Dangerous Music Dangerous Monitor ST lets you configure and control your entire system from the comfort of your sweet spot!

Additional Media

Monitor-ST Chop Shop
Remote Fact Sheet
Studio Monitor Buying Guide
Dangerous Music Monitor ST Cue Amp Output

Tech Specs

Input Channels 8
Output Channels 8
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR, 1 x DB-25
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR, 1 x DB-25, 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Talkback Yes
Form Factor Rackmount
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Depth 9.5"
Weight 16 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MONITOR ST

Customer Reviews

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Amazing clarity!

My rep Brendan Murphy helped me in my decision for this unit. All I can say is WOW!! This brought a whole new found clarity to my Focal Twins and has already improved my mixes! If this is in your budget dont even hesitate for a second!! BUY IT! Thanks Brendan and Sweetwater for the great service!
Music background: 26 years

Accurate Monitoring

Great Monitoring solution, open & clear with deep functionality. Plenty of ins & outs for multiple monitor reference. Would highly recommend this unit to anyone building or upgrading their monitoring system ! ! !
Music background: Producers/Engineers/Musicians

Monitor ST

I was using my DAW mixer to switch 3 sets of speakers, and the patch bay to connect client mp3 devices. but I noticed when I lowered the speaker levels during mixing the sonic character of the mix would change. I found out the amount of output bits needed to represent the sound decreases and that changes the sound to the speakers when they are DAW controlled. so I got a monitor ST.. never have I heard the true quality of my speakers till now.. the image, the depth of sound stage had me up half the night just listening to them, I could not believe it.. my speakers sound totally different.. this is money well spent.!!! PS.. when you get one of these, you must use the CAT 5 cable that comes with it or call them Redco Audio boys and get a custom length one for the monitor ST if you need a longer one.. believe me.. you NEED this cable for the ST.. I made the mistake of using a regular cat 5 cable.. yes it worked, but I was having strange problems with the remote.. after I changed to the proper cable, my problems went away and the monitor ST's sound quality really, really came to life... GET THE CABLE !!!!!! period.
Music background: composer, music production

The most important piece in my studio.

For years i drooled over the Monitor ST simply because i thought the remote looked insanely cool. Eventually it ended up being exactly what i needed and i was finally able to afford it. Simply put, it is the most important piece of gear in my studio. I run a hybrid setup with a Dangerous 2Bus LT for summing and a whole bunch of outboard compressors, EQs. and even filters and delays (thank you Moog 500 series). I also have theee pairs of monitors and sub. The Monitor ST allows me to control everything in my studio and hear exactly what i want with amazing class. The sound quality is as good as it gets and the remote is a joy to use. Four pairs of inputs and four pairs of outputs at the touch of a button, plus dim and mono.. What else can you ask for? Awesome talkback, that's what. A flick of a button allows me to communicate with the talent and they hear me loud and clear. Then i can quickly disable it to comment to my intern about how they suck (just kidding). I also like to reference other mixes so i have my macbook pro hooked up to a small interface that is connected to input 4 of this unit which has an attenuator knob. This makes it incredibly easy to level match mastered songs to my mix. That alone is priceless to me. The aux input is another awesome bonus as is tye cue out which i send to a headphone splitter so i can use the headphone jack on the front. The features on this thing are insane. This is an amazing centerpiece to any studio. If the D Box has enough features for you, then save some money and go for that. For me, i needed more channels of summing and more inputs and outputs. The combination the the Monitor ST and 2Bus LT is a dream come true. And Bob at Dangerous is an awesome dude who has spent hours on the phone with me. I cannot recommend their stuff enough!
Music background: producer and engineer

I am a Believer!

OKAY. I was definitely a nay-sayer about monitor controllers for a long time. I thought "come on, something simple, passive, like a TC Level Pilot works just fine." And sure. It does work fine for a while - until you realize that the pot is unbalanced slightly, and it gets scratchy, and it's impossible to clean. Plus, it's just volume. No other outputs. I heard about this thing being one of the best monitor controllers on the market, and I finally took the plunge and got it. WOW. I mean, it actually makes stuff easier to listen to. I can't explain it. I feel like I can hear things clearer, and it stays the exact same in response and feel whether it's quiet or screamin loud. I can mix easier. I wish I could debunk this and say "it doesn't make a difference, get something cheap!" But really...it makes a big difference. Plus, the number of ins and outs, the talkback, the mono/dim/sub controls, the headphone outs, and the remote are all just impossible to live without once you have them.
Music background: Engineer / Mixer

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

Lets face it, you need to hook up multiple DAWs, your pro CD player, and your iPod all at once. With the Monitor ST you can A/B your mixes to your favorite mixes with the press of a button and at a quality level you need to produce the best music on the charts. Are you ready for the next step in monitoring quality?

Stuart Niven

The Dangerous Music Monitor ST is the center of my mixing room's system. It provides me with the assurance that every signal I monitor through my rig is of the highest sonic quality and that what I hear, is exactly what I have on disk! From my Pro Tools HD system, pre and post outboard, external CD player, and multiple monitoring options, I simply would not trust any other monitoring controller for my critical listening demands. If you're looking for the professional edge and ready for a step into the major league of high-end monitoring solutions, I urge you to add the Monitor ST to your system! After all, if you're not hearing your mixes accurately, what are you hearing? Any serious studio or mix room needs the Monitor ST. Period.
See also: Monitor Switches, Dangerous Music, Dangerous Music Monitor Management