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Old 2nd July 2008 , 07:56 AM
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Default Headphone/monitor switch?

I have a PC with Audiophile 2496 sound card, driving a pair of Alesis Monitor One Mk2. Sometimes (e.g. when the phone rings) I need to mute the speakers quickly (i.e. by means of a hardware button, not by fiddling about with a mouse!). Also sometimes it would be handy to be able to listen on headphones instead of (not as well as!) the monitors.

So I was hoping to find a simple headphone amp that has some kind of monitor passthrough so I could plug the speakers and phones in and just switch between the two, or have separate volume controls for each.

Any ideas, anyone? Why don't other people have this problem - or do they?!
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 10:32 AM
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You've got a couple of options for just this kind of thing- depending on your budget I'd look at the following boxes-

Behringer MON800 MINIMON Ultra-Compact Stereo Moni at DV247.COM
Samson C-Control Control Room Matrix at DV247.COM
Mackie Big Knob at DV247.COM
PreSonus Monitor Station Desktop Studio Control Ce at DV247.COM

These a all pretty much designed for what you are after- monitor control with headphones.

Hope this helps! Feel free to contact me at the store if you have any questions regarding any of this.
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 07:58 PM
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I've had a Mackie Big Knob for years for exactly this purpose. Amazing piece of kit and would thoroughly recommend!

(and it makes for good jokes at parties :-P)
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 09:20 PM
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sm pro m-patch 2
about 85 quid in dv. No special circuitry just a passive monitoring switch
which wont colour your sound as it passes through.
i read a review in sound on sound about this and it really is
valuable to have in the studio whilst using 2 pairs of monitors.
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 10:38 PM
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Great - thanks everyone for the suggestions.

The Mackie Big Knob would probably be great, but a little outside my price range - even allowing for added-value humour. Presonus even more pricey (and too many knobs for my little brain). So I'm down to the Behringer, Samson or SM Pro M-Patch 2.

The SM Pro seems like the best bet - why on earth couldn't I find this when i was searching the DV site earlier?!

Thanks again!
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Old 3rd July 2008 , 08:25 AM
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The SM Pro seems like the best bet - why on earth couldn't I find this when i was searching the DV site earlier?!
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I can wholeheartedly recommend the m-patch 2... just bought one and its an ideal solution for the purposes you mention. You may also like the fact that it is passive circuitry which means theres no coloration to your sound. There's also another good reason to have a volume attenuation device in that when you attenuate volume in the digital world you are reducing the bit depth of your audio. This means that you are not getting the full resolution on playback and so having your output set to 0db and controlling the volume in the analog world means you're getting better fidelity. The only gripe I have is when the volume is turned all the way down you still get a faint signal. This isn't really a big problem as the mute button completely silences the sound. Also- the addition of the mono switch is a VERY useful tool.
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