Over the years the brand DRAWMER has been synonymous with pro audio recording gear; mic preamps, compressors and EQ. Although they still make a great range of pro audio gear, these days the brand is perhaps better known for their monitor controllers. The now famous MC2.1 has found its way into a lot of studios because of its ultra quiet operation, multiple speaker outputs and large smooth volume knob. The Drawmer build quality is exceptional. We very rarely see any units back for warranty repairs which is testament to their high level of quality control. Drawmer has recently expanded on their monitor controller range with a selection on different formats and in this article we look at each one in detail so that you can choose the correct controller for your purpose.

MC1.1 Phone Preamp Controller

RRP $810

Format – Desktop/Rackmountable

Think of the MC1.1 as a Phono Preamp for your turntable with a Headphone amp and two speaker outputs.

Features

Speaker Outputs - 2 sets of monitors (one Balanced XLR / one Unbalanced RCA)

Number of Inputs - 3 Stereo Inputs - Stereo Minijack, Dual Connection XLR/TRS and RCA Phono Inputs with Grounding

Single Headphone Output

Large Smooth volume knobs for Main out and Headphone Out

MC2.1 - Monitor Controller

RRP $920

Format – Desktop/Rackmountable

The MC2.1 was Drawmer’s very first and most Popular Monitor Controller. It was a step up in quality to what was on the market at the time of release)

Features

Speaker Outputs – 3 sets of monitors (fully Balanced XLR), MONO SUB Out hard wired to Output A

Number of Inputs – 3 Stereo – 2 Balanced Dual Connection XLR/TRS and 1 AUX on Minijack or RCA

Two Headphone amps. Independently volume controlled.

Large Smooth volume knobs for Main out

Phase/Mono/DIM

MUTE for Left and Right Channel Independently

Built In Talkback Mic

MC3.1 - Monitor Controller

RRP $1435

Format – Desktop Wedge

The MC3.1 is an expanded version of the MC2.1 with More features in a desktop wedge format

Features

Speaker Outputs – 3 sets of monitors (fully Balanced XLR) XLR Sub out (you can monitor each set of speakers with the sub independently)

Number of Inputs – 5 Stereo – 2 Dual Connector Balanced XLR/TRS and 1 Stereo minijack AUX, Stereo RCA input and AESEBU Digital Input – All independently switchable.

Two Headphone amps. Independently volume controlled.

Large Smooth volume knobs for Main out

Phase/Mono/DIM

MUTE for Left and Right Channel Independently

Built In Talkback with Level Control, Internal or External Microphone, Switching via Desktop or Footswitch, a Mono Output Jack & Internal Routing to Headphone and Cue Outputs.

Low, Mid, High Frequency Solo

Comprehensive Mix Checking facilities; Dim; L/R Mute; Phase Reverse and more, help check every aspect of your Mix & Provide Ultimate Control.

MC7.1 - Surround Monitor Controller

RRP $2090

Format – Desktop Wedge

The Drawmer MC7.1 Surround Monitor Controller is a combined 7.1/5.1 and stereo monitor controller. Designed to provide all the mix checking features required for surround recordings without compromising on those used in stereo monitoring. It has the same pristine & transparent design as others from the Drawmer monitor controller pedigree, with a rugged desk top "wedge" form factor as used in the popular MC3.1.

Features

There are a total of 20 input sources. These include two separate 7.1 inputs (one via balanced jacks and one via 25 pin D-sub) with a through output to send to a multitrack recorder, for example. A Stereo input via Neutrik combijacks, and a Top panel 3.5mm AUX Input & Level Control for connecting MP3 players, smartphones or tablets etc.

3 x Sets of Speaker Outputs on Balanced TRS connections. One 7.1 (or 8 Speakers in any configuration), one Stereo Left/Right pair, and one Mono/Sub. Each can be switched individually & simultaneously or give A/B comparisons. All eleven outputs have level trims to provide precise channel matching and ease of calibration.

Each of the eight 7.1 speakers can be cut or soloed individually.

2x Headphone Amplifiers with Individual Level Control.

Built In Talkback with Level Control, Internal or External Microphone, Switching via Desktop or Footswitch, & Internal Routing to Headphones and also a Mono Output Jack.

CMC2 - COMPACT MONITOR CONTROLLER

RRP $530

Format – Slimline

This is Drawmer’s most compact Monitor Controller

Features

Speaker Outputs - 2 sets of monitors + a Mono Sub all Balanced TRS connections

Number of Inputs - 3 Stereo Inputs – 2 Balanced TRS inputs one stereo minijack input.

Single Headphone Output

Phase/Mono/DIM and MUTE

Large Passive Volume Knob

CMC3 - Monitor Controller

RRP $960

Format – Slimline

Think of the CMC3 as the slimline desktop format version of the popular MC2.1 with a couple of extra features.

Features

Speaker Outputs – 3 sets of monitors (fully Balanced) + SUB that can be added individually & simultaneously

Number of Inputs - 4 Inputs in Total - 1x Digital SPDIF (192 kHz / 24 Bit) & 2 on balanced analogue 1/4" jacks & 1 3.5mm Front Panel Aux jack for your Smartphone/MP3.

2x Headphone Amplifiers with Individual Level Control.

Built In Talkback with Level Control, Internal or External Microphone, and Internal Routing to a Mono Output Jack & Headphones.

Comprehensive Mix Checking facilities Include Dim, Phase Reverse and Mono, Left and Right Cut as well as an easy access Mute switch.

CMC7 - Surround Monitor Controller

RRP $

 

Format – Slimline

The CMC7 is a compact 8 channel / 7.1 / 5.1 surround volume controller and cost-effective alternative to the more complex and feature rich MC7.1. The CMC7 is extremely simplified yet provides a perfect setup for surround mixing and monitoring.

Features

8 Balanced Inputs on DB25 connector

8 Balanced Outputs on DB 25 Connector

Slimline format

Mute/Dim

Large Volume Knob

1 x Headphone output

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