Developer Ginger Audio released GroundControl ROOM, an audio routing application for Macs. Imagine the app as a software monitor controller with digital audio routing functionality. Thе latter is an attractive option for live streamers needing to route audio sources between destinations. What’s more, all Gearnews readers receive a 15% discount in the Ginger Audio shop (see below). This one’s on us!
Ginger Audio GroundControl ROOM
GroundControl ROOM from Ginger Audio is a virtual monitor controller for macOS. As with hardware controllers, you can easily switch up inputs and outputs. Either you use software sources and receivers, or the inputs and outputs of your audio interface. For example, individual apps such as Spotify, YouTube, or your communication software can be routed to your DAW, OBS (for streaming), or post-production software. And that with just a few clicks!
Anyone who sends the set audio signals (a total of four per setting) to the outputs of the audio interface can use the GUI to select how ROOM should be outputting everything. For example, there are several monitor configurations (up to five speakers) with and without subwoofer. Headphones and Bluetooth receivers can be included as well. As with hardware, there is also a CUE mix for monitoring and recording, in addition to a talkback function. You can also mute individual inputs and the left or right output channel. Mono, phase inversion (per channel), and dim are also included.
Another very interesting option in the software is to insert an AU plug-in for each input and output in order to process the signal in real time. This way, you can add effects or integrate speaker calibration software into the mix. Furthermore, a graphic peak meter shows the overall mix volume. Additionally, you can connect each control (including the large master volume control) to your MIDI controller via MIDI learn. This way, you can remote control the software from your studio hardware. That’s just perfect for streaming sessions!
Ginger Audio GroundControl ROOM – Price and availability
Ginger Audio GroundControl ROOM is available from the manufacturer’s website at a price of EUR 63.09 (including VAT). To sweeten the deal, all Gearnews readers receive a 15% discount with the promo code ROOM_GEARNEWS. Simply enter the code during purchase. The software runs standalone under macOS 10.13+. You can insert 64-bit AU plug-ins into each slot. A limited demo version and a PDF user manual are also available for download. In the meantime, a Windows version with VST3 support is under development.