SPL MTC 2381 Monitor and Talkback Controller Many monitor controllers on the market do not possess the requisite audio neutrality for pro users, or have the specific feature set to compliment our specific workflows. I was first attracted to the MTC 2381 for its features and I’ve grown to appreciate it for ergonomic and sonic reasons.
A large, stepped control room volume pot attenuates six two-track inputs (four balanced, one unbalanced at -10, level compensated) via three speaker outputs on XLRs with talk-back mic (foot-switchable with dedicated output), dim, mono sum, as well as “Musician” and control-room outputs, both with “dual signal path” blending/routing abilities, which is very advantageous.
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Sonically, the MTC 2381 has a robust sound; not hyped, rather flat with no roll-off at frequency range extremes. The soundstage has the expected width, punch and detail, plus a nice sense of depth and openness.
Three speaker outputs are a bonus, and the -10 level two-track input is super convenient for quick monitoring of client iOS/mobile device playback at similar levels to other +4 sources. Its mono summing is a must-have that many competing controller manufacturers (foolishly) overlook. The additional Slave output is useful for either connecting meters or additional headphone amp sends.
The best feature—its dual, blendable signal paths—are available for both control room and performer signals (via Musician output and a headphone amp). I run a music mix (mix minus without the live performer) into the two-track Mix input while simultaneously running a no-latency signal of the performer (either via a split or “direct input” from the DAW) into the Musician input. The performer’s Musician output has three pots (designated Mix input, Musician input and Master); I can blend those easily for my performer (satisfying “more me” requests very quickly) while deriving a separate Mix and Musician blend for my control room/producer’s mix.
I give the MTC 2381 an enthusiastic thumbs up. It sells for $999 street—not cheap, but the purchase allows me to hear everything in my studio quite well, not to mention it helps my workflow.