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The MultiMAX EX Family of
Multiformat Monitor Controllers adds surround sound monitoring to
your console or workstation. Whether you work in music,
film or television, in production, post or mastering, you
need to be able to cope with the current surround sound
formats. MultiMAX EX handles anything from Dolby Stereo
to SDDS, including the popular Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS
formats for DVD, plus HDTV, DTV and many more. Don't
change your console, just add MultiMAX.
Your Console's Monitor Section
MultiMAX EX replaces your console's monitor section,
providing surround sound mix bus monitoring, as well as downmixing, encoder sends and decoder returns. MultiMAX
EX does all this and still lets you listen to your
console, so you can check PFL or external sources with
just the push of a button. And like your console you have
tape/bus monitoring, source selection, level, mute and
Confident Your Mixes Will Survive Downmixing
MultiMAX EX folds down your multichannel mixes so you can
hear how they will sound on other playback systems. Your
HDTV broadcast will also be heard in stereo or mono by
consumers. Your DVD mixes, too. You need to be sure your
multichannel mix will still sound great on systems with
fewer playback channels. MultiMAX EX even lets you format
the stereo downmix, so you can generate stereo reference
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Surround Sound Multiformat Monitor Controller
Control of Multiple Surround Formats
MultiMAX EX gives you monitoring control of these
7.1, 6.1, 5.1, or LCRS
Dolby® Digital (AC-3)
Dolby® Digital-Surround EX
Dolby® Surround (Pro Logic®)
RSP® Circle Surround
Control of Multiple Speaker Systems
MultiMAX EX has 16 speaker outputs with individual trims
as well as a master level control. The main speaker
system supports 8, 7.1, 6.1, 5.1 and LCRS formats. A
split alternate speaker system allows independent front
and surround selections. The alternate LCR front speaker
system automatically downmixes 7.1 to 5.1. The alternate
surround system makes it easy to select between diffuse
and point-source surrounds. MultiMAX EX supports Dolby
Digital-Surround EX™ by utilizing the unused LC/RC
speaker outputs for main and alternate Center Surround
(CS) speakers. Separate stereo nearfield and mono TV
speaker systems make compatibility checking a snap. You
can instantly select any of these speaker setups.
Complete Monitoring Solution
MultiMAX EX is not just a powerful speaker controller.
Its features give you control of the entire monitoring
process, and include:
- A built-in noise generator to help you calibrate your
- Master Mute and variable Dim controls.
- Individual monitor Source On or Solo control.
- Insertable LFE filter, allowing you to hear what the .1
of your 5.1 mix will really sound like on the final
- Digitally controlled attenuators rather than VCAs to
ensure tracking accuracy and the best sonic quality.
- New features including an SPL Display Range mode, an
extension of the monitor level range by 30 dB and the
addition of a Wide Inputs Interlock mode.
handles these monitoring tasks and more:
- Monitor the Wide Inputs mixer, which can combine up to
5 different multichannel mixes, each up to 8 channels
wide, for up to 40 inputs in total. The Wide Inputs mixer
has its own output in discrete wide format (up to 8
channels), as well as downmixed LCRS, for connection to
- Monitor downward compatibility of the Wide Inputs mix
by selecting Downmix or Mono. The user-formattable stereo
downmix (Lo Ro) even has its own continuously available
output so you can generate a reference copy for the
client on the fly.
- Monitor another multichannel source. It may be
formatted differently than the Wide Inputs, for 8, 7.1,
6.1, 5.1 or LCRS, to accommodate the return of an
- Monitor sources such as the stereo-compatible
matrix-encoded mix (Lt Rt) from the processor or a
client's stereo reference. Selecting Mono gives instant
feedback of downward compatibility at the push of a
- Monitor your console's stereo or 4-channel monitor
speaker outputs. You can interface MultiMAX EX to your
console's logic system, allowing any PFL/AFL selection to
automatically over-ride the current monitor source.
- Monitor a production track without it appearing in the
assorted mixes within MultiMAX EX . It even has its own
level control. Just what the scoring engineer ordered!
upgrade path to a film-style monitoring system
ForMAX and VuMAX are other Martinsound
products that add resettable formatting and metering to create
monitoring systems with the functionality of very expensive post
consoles. ForMAX and VuMAX integrate easily with MultiMAX EX .
- ForMAX: Programmable 48-input 24x8 surround monitor formatter. ForMAX
stores and recalls many different routing and surround format setups,
allowing instant reset of recorder, console and monitor assignments. Add
up to five ForMAX units to one MultiMAX EX for a total of 120 playback
and 120 direct input sources.
- VuMAX: Comprises eight precision VU meters, lights and buffering
circuitry in a 4RU housing, providing visual indication of MultiMAX EX
and ForMAX source selection levels.
MultiMAX EX: Easy to use controls and a LCD
graphics display are integrated the front panel of
the 1U rack mount MultiMAX controller.
MultiMAX EX Remote: An optional
accessory that duplicates the
MultiMAX EX front panel
adds a dedicated level control for the production track.
Available as either a desktop box or panel.
SB-16: Option that
differentially balances MultiMAX's 16 monitor
outputs and brings the levels to a true +4dB.
Identical to the MultiMAX EX controller without front panel
controls. Special bundle price includes the desktop remote. Ideal for
remote only control applications where the duplicate controls would be an
Cables: Professional molded
Tascam format analog interface cables make installation of MAX
products a snap.
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