If you're an audio guy, then you probably have a fancy audio interface sitting between your computer and your studio monitors. Good chance this audio interface also has a tiny knob on the front to control the volume of your speakers. It's not pretty, it's not ergonomic, and believe it or not, it doesn't sound great either.
See, most audio interfaces control the output level digitally. When you turn down the volume, it's actually reducing the bit depth of the audio source. I won't get too deep into the mechanics of it, but the problem is simple: digital volume controls modify the bit depth of your source audio, thus disrupting the signal-to-noise ratio and not providing you with the highest possible fidelity.
The TC Electric Level Pilot is a solution to that problem. It's a fully analog potentiometer that sits between your audio interface and your speakers that gives you a high resolution, no-loss volume control. It's fully passive, fully analog, and fully transparent in the audio chain.
It's also heavy, pretty, and feels great in the hand. Just one quad-core cable comes out the back, and it breaks out into 4 balanced XLR connectors on the other end. The knob action is incredibly smooth, and an absolute joy to use.
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