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Monday, June 15, 2015

New Music Gear Monday: Blue Sky AMC Monitor Controller

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A dozen years ago when we all first started to mix in the box, there was no such thing as a true "monitor controller," which meant that level control had to be done in software. That was a pain, and something that manufacturers eventually addressed. Today, monitor controllers do so much more than just control level, as evidenced by the new Blue Sky AMC.

The Blue Sky Audio Management Controller (or AMC) consists of a rack mounted I/O box with a separate remote control, and is a true 7.1 controller, providing the ability to solo or mute each of the individual speakers and set a reference level if you're mixing for film or television. As with most controllers, there's also a big rotary pot for master level control, as well as a Dim and master Mute button.

The unit also provides DSP room analyzation and correction, with each channel featuring a 1/3rd octave EQ, 8 bands of parametric EQ and filters and variable delay for time alignment. This can be activated via its SRO or Speaker-Room Optimization mode. The system also provides up to 8 presets, which can be easily accessed via the preset buttons on the controller's front panel.

The I/O box features 8 channels of balanced analog input and output as well as 8 channels of AES/EBU digital inputs. All connections are via D-sub connectors. The A/D convertors of the system can operate up to 96kHz/24 bit.

The Blue Sky AMC retails for $2995. You can find more information on the Blue Sky website.

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