#1
so ive recorded my first song using just my regular speakers there ok i guess (check out my song, www.myspace.com/capernaumband ) im thinking about buying monitors some where around 150-200 dollars nothing very expensive, my question....do i really need to buy monitors listening to my song, would you guys say it will help improve the sound? what would be some options for monitors? Thanks you guys!!
#5
KRK RP-5. $200 for two. M Audio's Studiophiles seem pretty good as well, $150 a pair.

You shouldn't mix on headphones...just use them to pinpoint errors. Grado's SR60s are probably the best value out there, if you don't mind open headphones. They're around $75.
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#6
Headphones are not for mixing and such, they are just for monitoring when tracking or playing your instrument.

I second the KRK RP5s as they are now selling for just $100 at most stores, (thats $50 off what they used to go for).

I'm still waiting for reports on those new 5" Mackie monitors that came out. At $150 each they seem reasonable.
#7
I think you can get the Wharfedale DP8's for around $200. I find them to be pretty good.
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#9
A couple of months ago I got a pair of Behringer Truth B2031P moniters from Musicians Friend. They were factory refurbs and cost $119. I'm driving them with a 60 watt JVC receiver and they work just fine and sound great to my ears.

Tony
#10
In a home style studio, headphones are the most practical method for most of the mixing/recording.

Otherwise you have to constantly switch between headphones while recording, and then back to your monitors for mixing. You don't want to use your monitors during recording or you need a isolated control booth.

Also your monitors must be correctly located in a room with proper acoustics. This is not always easy to do in a home studio. They also need to be reference monitors, not crap or you are just mixing to a bad reference, good headphones at least provide a good reference sound. But spatial can get fooled and the bass response is also messed up with headphones. So a final mixing with monitors is a good idea.

So it is a compromise to only use headphones. But then you would be in pro studio already if you were not ready to compromise.
#11
...I still think monitors are better than headphones...even with no acoustic treatment.
AS for switching between monitors and phones for recording/mixing, you can just set the monitors on the CR out and then use your phones on a sub out on your interface.
#12
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...I still think monitors are better than headphones...even with no acoustic treatment.


I agree. I help help a gal that is one of my MySpace friends with some of her mixes because she only has headphones and sometimes has trouble getting them balanced. When I first started I was recording on a Fostex 4 track cassette and then bringing that over to the PC and was mixing down to stereo off the Fostex with headphones and believe me...there is a BIG difference in what you hear with speakers vs headphones.

Tony