SM Pro Audio presented the Active-1 and Passive-1 M-Patch monitor controllers. Both have Control Plus Studio Talkback and USB Audio I/O on board.
The M-PATCH ACTIVE-1 accommodates four input sources (3 x stereo analog and 1 x USB) and three stereo analog outputs plus USB. In addition to the core functionality of providing seamless A/B switching between input signals and output speaker monitor systems, the ACTIVE-1 delivers a full complement of audio monitoring functions, including precision volume control, mono summing, mute, and dim (ducking). A handy footswitch-activated talk-back function, complete with on-board condenser microphone and selectable routing, has also been integrated, making the ACTIVE-1 the ideal low-cost solution for a broad range of studio production applications.
Designed to provide the lowest-noise operation possible in an active monitor controller, the ACTIVE-1 is ideal for applications where both signal attenuation and boost is needed. In addition to the feature complement found on the PASSIVE-1, the ACTIVE-1 also includes LED level metering and convenient switch-selectable +4dBu/-10dBV input stage operation.
The ACTIVE-1 features on-board USB, allowing for direct digital audio recording and playback when used with a computer DAW. The USB output mirrors the signals appearing at the analog 2 Track outputs, while the computer’s L/R output feeds the USB in.
The PASSIVE-1 features entirely passive operation from signal input to output. Passive volume attenuation provides the purest signal path possible, giving you clean, transparent audio, with no added audio artifacts or coloration. The PASSIVE-1 accepts AC mains power to ONLY power the talkback function and the dual on-board headphone amplifiers.
Housed in a sturdy metal chassis and fitted with a durable array of switches and secure connectors, both controllers are built to provide years of worry-free operation.