#1
I was just curious about this. I've been messing with the settings on my stereo (which acts as my monitors) and I can't tell the difference on the recordings. So do different monitors effect your overall sound on recordings?

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#2
Are you asking if a recording sounds different through different monitors? Then the answer is yes. They will also sound different in different rooms.
#3
Every monitor has a slightly different output responce at different tones but higher end ones tend to be built to color the sound very little so you get the "true sound" out of the mix.

Low priced monitors at or under $300 a pair are not worth getting IMO as they don't have the ability to produce lower tones and can color the sound too much.
I suggest looking into the KRK Rokit 6 or 8 units. Both are good starting monitors and affordable. As stated above though, you will need a somewhat proper environment to place and keep the monitors in so you get the best mix to your ears.
#4
Quote by moody07747
Every monitor has a slightly different output responce at different tones but higher end ones tend to be built to color the sound very little so you get the "true sound" out of the mix.

Low priced monitors at or under $300 a pair are not worth getting IMO as they don't have the ability to produce lower tones and can color the sound too much.
I suggest looking into the KRK Rokit 6 or 8 units. Both are good starting monitors and affordable. As stated above though, you will need a somewhat proper environment to place and keep the monitors in so you get the best mix to your ears.



Would a small bedroom be ideal? or a larger one?

Also bear in mind, I don't use mics for my recordings, I go DI into my interface. Would the monitors still effect the sound of the recording?

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Last edited by RisingForce1990 at Jul 27, 2010,
#5
Monitors don't effect the sound of the inputs or even mics at all. The effect is only playback as different speakers act differently to different sounds.

I would say use a smaller bedroom as you'll have less reverb and such to deal with in there. You don't want to be too cramped with studio monitors really close together though.

http://www.tweakheadz.com/studio_monitors.htm
#6
Are you asking if the monitors that you playback through would affect the recorded sound, as it was recording? If that's the case then no.
#7
Quote by moody07747
I would say use a smaller bedroom as you'll have less reverb and such to deal with in there. You don't want to be too cramped with studio monitors really close together though.

Small rooms usually aren't good acoustically, you can get problems with room modes, especially at the lower end of the frequency spectrum.

http://www.ethanwiner.com/acoustics.html#sizes and shapes
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#8
Monitors do not have an effect on your recordings. The only thing they do is play it back at as flat of a frequency response as possible (except NS-10s &@*(#&*@(! things...)

Essentially this goes back to the good old saying:

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#9
The point of studio monitors is so you can hear all the frequencies better which makes it easier to mix. But if you suck at mixing they won't make much difference...
#10
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The point of studio monitors is so you can hear all the frequencies better which makes it easier to mix. But if you suck at mixing they won't make much difference...



Well that's kind of why I'm asking, I'd like to improve on my mixing. So I need to get some real monitors. Thanks everyone.

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#11
yea but it's not just the monitors that will help with your mixing, you yourself have to know how to use the software properly as well has train your ears to get the proper sound in the end.

Don't just rely on high end monitors. Try other systems to play the mix on two such as ipod ear buds and car stereo systems. The fact is that 90% of people out there will probably be listing to your mix on systems like these compared to high end speakers.
#12
The monitors themselves won't change your recordings. They will guide the decisions you make when deciding how to EQ, add reverb, adjust compression settings, etc.

If you have a good, accurate guide, then you will produce good, accurate mixes. If you have an inaccurate guide, you will produce inaccurate mixes that won't translate well to other systems. You know all those threads that people post about "my recordings sounded kick-@ss when I mixed them, but when I play them in my friend's car, they sound like crap!!" It's almost always because they tried to mix on inappropriate monitors.

Do not mix on stereo speakers. Here's why..... the consumer has demanded that coloration of sound is a desirable trait for listening to music. As a result, you have all these 'tuned' speakers that provide "sparkling highs" and "Xtreme bass response" etc.

Let's liken this to not looking at the world through clear glasses, but through yellow tinted lenses. Sure is pretty and funky, ain't it? Now, take those glasses, go outside with an easel and some paints and paint a picture. Looks good, eh? Now take off the glasses. That's what your mixes look like! Oh, sure, you can sit there and say, "I realize that my yellow lenses distort what I'm really seeing, so I can compensate while I paint, so I can take that into acccount." But really.... how effective do think that approach really is?


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#14
So what would be the best quality monitors I could get for around $300?

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#15
Your question was already answered here... \/

Quote by moody07747

Low priced monitors at or under $300 a pair are not worth getting IMO as they don't have the ability to produce lower tones and can color the sound too much.
I suggest looking into the KRK Rokit 6 or 8 units. Both are good starting monitors and affordable.


I'll second the motion that if your budget is $300, then your best bet is to keep saving.

I have a pair of Yorkville YSM-1's that I really love. They came in around $700 (maybe a bit less) for the pair. I've never heard the KRK ones, but keep hearing good things about them.

M-Audio and Behringer both have pretty decent monitors for not too bad a price too. I've heard both of them, but still chose the Yorkvilles at a *slightly* higher price. Make sure to look into ones with no less than 6" drivers, though. Less than that, and you're going too cheap.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.