Colin Broad launches TMC-1 Monitor Remote for Avid’s Pro Tools XMON

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Last Updated: December 18, 2014 9:32 pm GMT
(London, UK--December 18, 2014) CB Electronics has launched the TMC-1 Remote for Avid’s Pro Tools XMON analogue monitoring unit, providing input selection, listen back, talk back and output selection for up to 8 audio channels via three easily accessible screens.


1:The new CB Electronics TMC-1 XMON Remote

Colin Broad, founder of CB Electronics said “XMON is a powerful monitoring solution provided you have Pro-Control, Protools' hardware interface. Our new TMC-1 allows you to use the XMON unit where you are working with a DAW alone, or with a different console when you need a comprehensive monitoring solution.”
“With more than 5,000 units sold the XMON must be one of the most ubiquitous audio monitoring units out there. Unfortunately unless you are using an appropriate console the XMON is probably just taking up space in the store room."


2: Menu screen shots

"We had three main objectives when we designed the TMC-1 remote. To make the best possible complete interface to XMON, to include automation features for ADR and ISDN sessions, and to include an upgrade path to a full multi-channel digital monitoring system by interfacing to various digital audio interfaces. With the launch of the TMC-1 we will have achieved the first two objectives, and we expect to have the first Digital systems available next year.”

A special feature of this controller is the ADR-style control of Talkback, Listen-back, Studio L/S and Control Room L/S controlled by the play and record GP Inputs or LTC and MTC/HUI inputs.

Using an embedded processor the unit communicates directly with XMON via Midi or RS422, and controls the full XMON functionality - no other computer is required. The remote is fitted with a talk-back microphone and a headphone jack and a GPIO connector. A five meter 15 pin cable is supplied to connect with XMON and supports all XMON functionality. The unit can be free standing or sunk into a control desk.
USB provides power, Midi communication with the DAW and allows for software updates. The USB Midi is used to detect play and record for Auto-Talkback, or even a Timecode display.
The GPI port provides Hardware Mute, foot switch input and PFL/AFL.

Colin continued ”At the recent Tonmeister Tagung expo we agreed with DAD (Digital Audio Denmark) to produce a version of the TMC-1 which will provide multi-channel digital monitoring using their digital interfaces. One advantage of the digital version is that the number of channels is only limited by the DAW so that formats like 7.1+4, 10.2, 22.1 or larger are all possible."

"The TMC-1 controller for the XMON is now shipping. We will have a S6 version early next year.”

Whilst the TMC-1 does not require or use a touch screen, the 4.3" TFT display on the TMC-1 is touch screen capable in case it may required in the future.

Further features include: Play tally from Play GPIO Input, MTC or LTC; Record/Red Light GPIO Input; Auto-Mute Main LS, Studio LS, Talkback and Listen-back, programmable from Play and Record GPIO; Two separate talkback destinations via GP Outputs; Dual Calibration Settings of 85dB and 80dB SPL; Dedicated speaker solo/mute keys; GPIO for Talkback, Listen-back, PFL/AFL.

CB Electronics are specialists in Time Code, Biphase, Serial Control and Remote Control. Colin Broad is the man behind CB electronics. For years, the film and broadcast community have relied on his expertise to solve a range of problems in the area of machine and system control. In fact, you would have to search hard to find a UK film dubbing theatre without at least one of his products, known to all as 'Broad Boxes'. They are also a common sight in dubbing theatres across the world. Because big film dubbing theatre requirements are so complex most of the previous products have tended to involve a degree of customisation to suit individual requirements.

In 1994 Colin Broad received an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Technical Achievement Award in the category of Sound for the design and development of EDL (Edit Decision Lister) which creates encoded time code track and database during the initial transfer of the production sound dailies.

In 1994 Colin Broad was awarded the BKSTS Phil Berkley award for his work in Video Post production.
In 1996 CB Electronics Received the Satis-Fecit for the SR-4
In 2010 Colin Broad was made a Fellow of The Association of Motion Picture Sound.

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