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PreSonus Monitor Station V2 Desktop Studio Control Center   

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OVERVIEW

Pro monitoring features for your home and project studio.

Manage multiple audio sources and sets of monitor speakers, track using illegally loud headphone amplifiers, and talk back to your drummer-all from your desktop.Your personal studio is well equipped with a great interface and a CD player with an S/PDIF digital output. Perhaps you also need to listen to audio from a third source, such as a tape deck, or you want to be able to audition two different stereo mixes from the interface. The Monitor Station V2 provides a convenient desktop control center where you can switch between these sources without compromising the sound quality.

Consider Your Sources
Switch between two pairs of balanced ¼" TRS and a third input channel that can be fed from an S/PDIF digital input (44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz), one pair of unbalanced RCA Aux inputs with gain control, and a 1/8" TRS unbalanced input that is summed with the RCA Aux inputs. A button switches between the analog Aux and digital S/PDIF inputs.

The Monitor Station allows each of the stereo inputs (TRS1, TRS2, aux) to be routed to one of two audio paths: Main and Cue. You also can route two separate signals (Main and Cue) to each of the four headphone amplifiers, which we'll discuss shortly.

Manage your destinations
Your small monitors and your large monitors-say, a pair of Eris E5s and a set of Sceptre S6s or S8s-both sound great but they're constructed differently and each reveals things the other doesn't. That's why you have both. And you have a beloved vintage set of monitors that you'll never surrender. But if you have to manually repatch the three sets of monitors one more time, you're going to freak out and dummy-slap an alligator. (We strongly urge you not to do that.)

No worries! With Monitor Station V2, you can switch between the three sets of monitors instantly! Not only that, you can set each set of speakers' level individually so that when you switch between speakers, your monitoring level stay the same.

Get this in your head
You have nothing against drummers (that you'll admit to); you simply can't fit drums in your main studio room. However, drums sound great in that big living room. And you get terrific natural reverb on the guitar when you throw that six-string slinger and his rig in the bathroom. Your treated walk-in closet makes a dandy isolation booth for singers.

But they each need a headphone feed, and you need to give them verbal cues. And you don't want to buy even more gear to do it.
You're covered with Monitor Station V2. It offers four ¼" TRS stereo headphone outputs driven by amplifiers so loud they ought to be illegal. Unless they're stone deaf, your musicians will hear themselves! Each headphone out has a Main/Cue source selector, and individual output-level control. That's the equivalent of a built-in HP4 headphone system!

Have it your way
There's more to managing a monitoring system than I/O, level controls, and talkback; Monitor Station V2 delivers all of the features you need.
Eight-segment, three-color LED meters indicate left and right signal levels. These LED meters can be set in any of three modes for use with +4 dB, +10 dB, or +18 dB signal levels.

A Mono switch sums the stereo outputs so you can check for phase problems. A large, conveniently located knob controls the main speaker output level (but not the main line-level outs), and a Dim switch with attenuation knob lets you reduce the speaker output by a variable amount (-30 to -6 dB). Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

FEATURES
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • 2 Stereo pairs of ¼" TRS inputs
  • 1 Stereo pair of RCA Aux inputs
  • 1 Stereo S/PDIF coaxial (RCA) digital input (44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz)
  • 3 Stereo pairs of ¼" TRS speaker outputs with level controls
  • 1 Stereo pair of ¼" TRS Main outputs
  • 1 Stereo pair of ¼" TRS Cue outputs
  • 4 ¼" TRS screaming-loud stereo headphone outputs
  • Controls
  • Large Main level control
  • 3 Individual Main Source (ST1, ST2, Aux) select switches
  • 3 Individual Speaker Select switches
  • Cue section with Source select (ST1, ST2, Aux) and output-level control
  • Aux-S/PDIF Select switch
  • Aux Input level control
  • Main Mute, Mono, and Dim switches with variable Dim attenuation
  • Additional Features
  • 8-segment color LED input meters with selectable reference level
  • Built-in electret-condenser talkback microphone with input-gain control and Talkback button

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SPECIFICATIONS

Monitor Station V2 Desktop Studio Control Center

  • Audio Inputs
    Internal Talkback Microphone
    Gain Range +15 to +55 dB
    Type Electret condenser
    Sensitivity -42 dB
    Stereo 1 and Stereo 2 Inputs
    Type ¼" TRS Active Balanced
    Input Impedance (Balanced) 10 k?
    S/N Ratio (1 kHz @ +10 dBu, Unity Gain) >105 dB
    THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ 0 dBu Output, Unity Gain) <0.0075%
    Frequency Response (±0.5 dB) 10 Hz to 65 kHz
    Noise Floor (20 Hz to 20 kHz, 150? input termination) -96 dBu
    Maximum Input Level (Minimum Gain, 1 kHz @ 0.5% THD+N) +22 dBu
    Auxiliary Inputs
    Type RCA Active Unbalanced
    Input Impedance 47.5 k?
    S/N Ratio (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity Gain) >115 dB
    THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ 0 dBu Output, Unity Gain) <0.01%
    Frequency Response (±0.5 dB) 10 Hz to 50 kHz
    Gain Range 80 dB to +10 dB
    S/PDIF
    Types RCA 75? coax
    Dynamic Range 113 dB
    THD+N 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBFS)
    Maximum output at 0 dBFS +18 dBu
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Input Meters (ST1, ST2, and Aux only)
    Type Dual 8-segment LED w/peak hold
    Sensitivity Range -24 dB to 0 dB
    Audio Outputs
    Type ¼" TRS Active Balanced
    Output Impedance (Balanced) 51?
    THD+N (unwtd, 1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity Gain) <0.01%
    Frequency Response (±0.5 dB) 10 Hz to 50 kHz
    Speaker A, B, and C
    Trim Range -80 dB to 0 dB
    Main Level Range -80 dB to 0 dB
    Dim Attenuation Range -30 dB to -6dB
    Cue
    Cue Level Range -80 dB to 0 dB
    Dim Attenuation (Talkback activated) -20 dB
    Headphones
    Type ¼" TRS Active Stereo
    Maximum Output (60? load) 150 mW / channel
    Frequency Response (±1.0 dB) 10 Hz to 50 kHz
    Power
    Power Supply Type External DC Transformer/Internal Line
    Input Connector Type Barrel, 5.5 mm outside diameter, 2.1 mm inside diameter
    Monitor Station Input Voltage Range 18 VDC
    Power Requirements (Continuous) 10W
    Physical
    Dimensions
    Height 2.5" (63.5 mm)
    Depth 8.5" (216 mm)
    Width 9" (228.6 mm)
    Weight 6 lbs. (4.54 kg)
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5.0

A simple task and a bit of a luxury, but worth it for me...

By Charles

from East Lansing, MY

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Pros

  • 1/8" input for computer audio
  • Controllable dim
  • You can choose more than one input at a time

Cons

  • Meter seems to be less responsive

Best Uses

  • Home studio with multiple monitors

Comments about PreSonus Monitor Station V2 Desktop Studio Control Center:

I moved my home studio to a new room recently. I had some Alesis Monitor 2 speakers, which are good for filling a room, but not good for monitors at the desk, so I picked up a couple Rokit 6's. I also have plans to eventually add some Auratone monitors as well. The problem then is, of course, that you have two or three sets of monitors and need to switch them. I could switch the power easily enough, and already had an American DJ power switch box I had used in the past, but decided to get one of these. Okay, for switching between three sources and three monitors this box is a bit of a luxury, but I spent a lot of money on the room, so that luxury was worth it to me and I really love this box.

I generally work on video, with some music work as well, mostly backgrounds/ambiance. It's great to have that volume control right there on the desk. The box is rather small and hides between my two monitors. It has a mute button and a dim button. I love dim. Someone walks in and wants to talk to you, you just hit that and chat. I'm my myself, so I don't have a use for talkback and the headphone monitor stays on main, though I could see a use for cue later on. One thing that is not clear from the description: you can have multiple inputs on at the same time. So, my computer audio and mix audio generally both stay selected, but you can turn any off at any time.

One thing I have to say about Presonus: Their products are beautiful. I have an 1818VSL as well and they clearly have someone with great talent for design, since both look fabulous around my desk.

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