Studio monitors are an essential piece of a producer's setup. Without them, a producer's job can be made much more difficult. But, what is one to do if they have more than one pair of monitors, and not enough inputs? A new soundcard? A splitter? Sure. But, what if you were able to hook up multiple sets of monitors, and multiple inputs, like your decks, studio setup, and another auxiliary input of your choosing? That's where PreSonus steps in, with their Monitor Station V2.
What is it?
The Monitor Station V2 is essentially an audio hub, that allows users to connect multiple inputs to multiple outputs. Specifically, it allows you to switch between three different sets of monitors, and two direct inputs using 1/4in connections. It also allows you to plug in an additional auxiliary source.
How does it work?
The V2 has three source buttons and 2 input buttons, allowing you to switch between your ins and outs. There are also mute, mono, and dim buttons, allowing you more options and precise listening. However, it's not a soundcard and it doesn't connect to your computer. It's purely analog.
What do I think?
Not all that long ago, I purchased a new set of monitors, but like earlier's example, I didn't have a way to use both of them. Originally I thought maybe I'd get a new interface, but after some research, I discovered the Monitor Station. Setup was easy, and it worked exactly how I needed it to. I didn't even realize that I had the option to add an extra output if I had another set to use. I don't unfortunately, but the option is still there. I have both my monitors plugged in, as well as my DJ setup, and can switch between the two with a push of a button.
Should you buy one?
If you have ever found yourself in my position, then yes, absolutely.
Honestly, there's not really much to say about this unit, other than it does exactly what it's supposed to, and it executes it perfectly. It's simple to use and fits perfectly into your current setup. It works so well, that you pretty much forget what it's like not to have it. That's when you know you have a real winner. And, it won't break your bank. What more could one ask for?
Pros: Simple, works exactly as it should, and is fairly inexpensive.
Final Score: 10/10