MTC-1X

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The Maselec MTC-1X is the perfect tool for mastering studios as well as for high quality home recordings. With exceptional sonic properties, new functionalities and usual rock solid Maselec quality, the MTC-1 is an ideal alternative to the MTC-2 mastering console.

The MTC-1 measures 3 U height with a depth ‘behind panel’ of 260mm and 8kg weight. The front control surface has 42 push-button controls with LED lights and 12 high quality rotary switches. Gold XLRs are used for all audio connections, assisting the use of highest quality cables. Connecting and rearranging external equipment is very easy.

The Input section:

  • Input source selection
  • Phase invert for left and right
  • Separate Left and Right gain controls
  • 5dB additional gain selectable for low level sources
  • Low-cut and High-cut filters
  • Independent Cut controls for left and right
  • The Output section:

  • Separate Left and Right gain controls
  • Elliptical filter with 20 frequencies
  • Stereo Width control
  • Output Cut control
  • The stereo image circuits are identical to the famous controls of the MTC-2
  • The Insert section has six insert points and offers additional powerful functions:

  • M-S with gain control for the ‘difference’ signal
  • Inserts 1 & 2 equipment swap (FLIP)
  • Insert 4 or Inserts 2-4 cross-fade or additive mix with the use of a rotary switch.
  • This function could be used for ‘parallel’ compression or adding reverb
  • Inserts 4 & 5 equipment swap (FLIP)
  • Insert 6 can be moved to Post Output. This is the preferred position for a brick-wall limiter.
  • The Monitor section:

  • Four external Monitor Sources
  • Monitor of the Input and Output sections
  • Two speaker feeds
  • 0 to +10dB offset trim for inputs S1 and S2
  • Monitor of the Stereo-, Left-, Right-, Mono- or Difference- signal
  • Individual Cut controls for Left and Right speakers
  • Progressive Dim function
  • Meter output, which follows the monitor source
  • –6dB, -8dB and –10dB Meter Offsets
  • The Phoenix SB is now the standard production version of the Phoenix compressor. Alongside the now classic circuit design of the original Phoenix, it incorporates the side chain filter controls from the previous standard Phoenix SC model with the new addition of an HT standby switch.

    The additional HT Standby switch allows the user to put the Phoenix into a low power standby mode that is designed to increase the life of the unit's valves and capacitors. When first switching on, or if the unit's not in use for a while, have the Standby on. Switch off Standby and it will instantly come back to full life.

    We have also placed the meter zero controls on the front panel for much easier access. Both meters should read "0" when the Phoenix is off standby and not compressing. They can be adjusted easily by any user without harm to the unit.

    The side chain filters can be used to cut the Phoenix's compression response to bass frequencies. The filter operates below either 150Hz or 300Hz on each channel and when stereo link is engaged the filters operate at the average of the two sides. This enables the user to choose from 5 filter frequencies when in stereo operation.

    The Phoenix is well known for its smooth "soft knee" compression characteristic and excellent specifications. This means that it can be used as a compressor that will not harm your signal quality, whilst subtly controlling dynamic range. It is also possible to drive the unit harder to produce harmonic distortion and higher ratio compression if desired. Many users have found these features bring life to mixes or individual instruments, and control vocals, with a natural "warm" quality.

    Contrary to the above, users have found that if the unit is operated in standby mode (it still passes audio) a "symmetrical" distortion occurs, not unlike that produced by overloading analogue tape. Perhaps this fact alongside an exaggerated compression curve lends to the Phoenix in standby mode another dimension.

    Input dynamic Range Better than 120dB (balanced)
    Output dynamic range 100dB to 120dB (depending on gain and threshold settings)
    Maximum input level +29dBu (balanced)
    Maximum output level +29dBu (balanced)
    Distortion Typically less than 0.003%
    Limiter attack time Instant
    HF limiter attack time Programme dependent 1msec to 20 msec
    Release time Programme dependent
    Input impedance 100kΩ ground floating electronically balanced
    Output impedance 33Ω electronically balanced
    Threshold +14dBu to +22dBu
    H.F. Threshold 0dB to 26dB below limiter threshold
    Gain 0dB to 10dB
    H.F. Limiter >2kHz
    Power 90-130, 180-260 Volts @ 50-60 Hz
    Fuse 315mA, anti surge (slow)