Westbury, NY (September 29, 2006)–Coleman Audio, known for their monitor switchers, controllers and VU meters, has been gaining recognition and clients with its multi-function TB4 MKII Stereo Monitor Controller.
Similar in design to the M3 series of monitor controllers, the TB4 MKII functions as the control room monitor source selector and adds a host of additional features, such as a cue and talkback system, making it a studio communications control module as well. The monitoring signal path is completely passive and utilizes a four-gang stepped attenuator that tracks within ±.05dB. The TB4 MKII also includes an independent cue and talkback system with independent level controls, selectable headphone monitoring and ship with a talkback microphone.
“I met Glenn at AES and listened to his stuff. [The TB4 MKII] sounded so much more open and transparent than what I was using to monitor my work that I immediately dumped my current unit and replaced it with a TB4,” noted Mark Karan (lead guitarist for Bob Weir’s Ratdog) who has been using the TB4 MKII in his project studio ever since.
ASCAP writing and production team Adam Watts and Andy Dodd have also been long time TB4 users. However after three years, they decided to try a different monitor controller when their monitoring needs changed. Said the team: “We needed the ability to switch between more speakers than the TB4 allowed. Immediately after installing the new unit, it was obvious that we had become accustomed to the pristine sound offered by the passive design of the TB4. It wasn’t that the Coleman sounded better, it was the fact that it didn’t have a ‘sound’ to it.”
Multi-room facilities have also turned to the TB4MKII to provide a consistent, reliable monitoring solution from room to room. Clean Cuts, a post production/music house with facilities in Baltimore and Silver Springs, Maryland as well as Washington D.C., is another facility that has implemented the TB4 in every room.
Noted Paul Perret of Clean Cuts, “When we built our first couple of suites around digital consoles, we realized we needed more flexibility with our talkback setup and an easy way to check mixes on different speakers. Not only did the TB4 cover those needs, but it also sounded phenomenal as well.”
Coleman Audio owner and designer Glenn Coleman added, “Once people get a chance to use it, they don’t want to use anything else and that’s exactly what I wanted for the TB4 MKII.”
Coleman Audio manufactures a wide variety of studio monitor switchers and volume controllers for stereo and surround applications, stereo, quad and 5.1 VU meter units and other specialty products. They will be exhibiting their full line of products, including the TB4 MKII, as part of the Tuff Co-op, Booth #1130, at AES next week.
Andy Dodd and Adam Watts