#1
I currently use a POD xt and I don't play gigs. I typically have to keep the volume down (and playing loud is typically obnoxious). I am completely virgin to the world of Studio Monitors. Could someone break my hymen?

I play mainly clean, Yes/Steve Howe, blues, but I also enjoy a really heavy crunch.

What all gear will I need? Do I need a soundboard, conditioner... et. al? Again, totally inexperienced.

Also, what price range should I look at?

I am either going to do a studio monitor setup or buy an Atomic Amp, but the 18w might be too loud for me.

I am open to any thoughts! Initially, I was planning on spending $500 on the Atomic Amp. Will that get me some decent studio monitors?

Also, you tube nuts are probably fretting right now... But I still want to hear what you have to say!
#2
A powered monitor would work in your case.
$500 would get you good powered(active) monitors. You can find them at lower prices though.

The atomic amp is good for mfx units. If your planning on spending $500, IMO the Atomic would be the choice, but if you want to spend less, then active monitor speakers would put out enough volume for home use.
#3
Quote by shmuck71
A powered monitor would work in your case.
$500 would get you good powered(active) monitors. You can find them at lower prices though.

The atomic amp is good for mfx units. If your planning on spending $500, IMO the Atomic would be the choice, but if you want to spend less, then active monitor speakers would put out enough volume for home use.


Any recommendations?

Perhaps a mixer and some active monitors?
#4
yes...they are your best option....i had an atomic and sold it for some monitors and i couldnt be happier...sound is uncolored and pure pod, they will go pretty damn loud, but also sound very good at lower volumes...the stereo effects sound awesome too....look at m audio bx8a series...i got the new deluxe monitors and they work great...($500/pair)...you will not need anything else except maybe speaker stands....and they will crank if you want,....just hook them into the pod and the pod will do the rest...if you've ever used headphones with your pod....this will be comparable to that....any more questions....feel free to ask
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Last edited by twinturboaudi at Jun 23, 2008,
#5
Quote by twinturboaudi
yes...they are your best option....i had an atomic and sold it for some monitors and i couldnt be happier...sound is uncolored and pure pod, they will go pretty damn loud, but also sound very good at lower volumes...the stereo effects sound awesome too....look at m audio bx8a series...i got the new deluxe monitors and they work great...any more questions....feel free to ask


How exactly do you connect to your monitors? Do you have a mixer?

Where do you recommend buying these monitors from?

http://www.gigasonic.com/m-audio-bx8a-monitor.html

Those are $279.. Pretty damn cheap!

What about playing music through studio monitors?

Any pictures of your setup?
#6
Quote by Starguard
How exactly do you connect to your monitors? Do you have a mixer?

Where do you recommend buying these monitors from?

http://www.gigasonic.com/m-audio-bx8a-monitor.html

Those are $279.. Pretty damn cheap!

What about playing music through studio monitors?

Any pictures of your setup?

they connect directly to the output 1/4" jacks...no mixer....just straight in...no pics right now....those you found are the older models...they newer ones have a better sound....how much better i dont know...on paper its better...the atomic amp didnt sound good until you crank it and i cant do that in an apartment...the monitors solved all my problems
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#7
the best thing about monitors is they dont color the sound at all....they reproduce what ever signal is given to them....
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#8
+1 on those m-audio monitors. I've used a set before in a studio recording class and was happy with the quality/sound.
AMP:
5150 combo
GSP1101 + Tech 21 PE60

GUITARS:
ESP LTD M-255 w/ SD Full Shred
Kramer Vanguard w/ JE-1000 active preamp
Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

EFFECTS:
Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

My Youtube Vids http://youtube.com/user/mogar
#9
Quote by mogar
+1 on those m-audio monitors. I've used a set before in a studio recording class and was happy with the quality/sound.

+1 on your +1.....plenty of volume and bass and clarity....they were better than speakers costing twice their price
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#10
Quote by twinturboaudi
they connect directly to the output 1/4" jacks...no mixer....just straight in...no pics right now....those you found are the older models...they newer ones have a better sound....how much better i dont know...on paper its better...the atomic amp didnt sound good until you crank it and i cant do that in an apartment...the monitors solved all my problems


Where did you buy yours?

http://www.zzounds.com/item--MDOBX8A

Those have seemingly good reviews.

Any other recommendations?

Should I get a mixer? What about something for EQ?

What would I need to hook these up to my computer?
#11
Don't need a mixer or EQ. You'll be doing all that on your POD.

Here's a cable.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Live-Wire-3.5mm-TRSDual-XLRM-Patch-Cable?sku=330498
AMP:
5150 combo
GSP1101 + Tech 21 PE60

GUITARS:
ESP LTD M-255 w/ SD Full Shred
Kramer Vanguard w/ JE-1000 active preamp
Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

EFFECTS:
Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

My Youtube Vids http://youtube.com/user/mogar
#12
i got mine from guitar center.....why do you keep thinking you need a mixer or eq?.....this is all done by the pod...everything you need is done by the pod
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#13
Yup, all the monitors are is your poweramp/speakers. The POD will be the source of all the EQ'ing.
AMP:
5150 combo
GSP1101 + Tech 21 PE60

GUITARS:
ESP LTD M-255 w/ SD Full Shred
Kramer Vanguard w/ JE-1000 active preamp
Douglas WF-150sn w/ GFS "Hot Lead" set

EFFECTS:
Bos SD-1 (boost)
AMT DT-2

My Youtube Vids http://youtube.com/user/mogar
#14
heres some quick pics i took with my phone ....the blue lights are the monitors....
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#15
Cool, thanks.

Twinturbo, it looks like I will be purchasing these come next paycheck. It's a shame stands for these guys cost nearly half the monitors... Do you sit on your couch and play? I have a similar set up and it would be nice to put my monitors on those sides of the couch.

What cables are you using? Patches or straight 1/4?

Also, what type of stands for the monitors?

I think I should buy a POD xt stand, too. Nice POD x3... I might try and sell my POD xt for an x3. Where did you get that stand?

Sorry about all the questions!

Thanks for your help.
#16
i usuually stand up....its just a mic stand and line 6 sells the adapter....u can get those exact stands for 100 bux on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/QuikLok-BS342-Field-Speaker-Stand/dp/B000E5ZP6A/ref=sr_1_45?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1214343136&sr=8-45
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#17
Quote by twinturboaudi
i usuually stand up....its just a mic stand and line 6 sells the adapter....u can get those exact stands for 100 bux on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/QuikLok-BS342-Field-Speaker-Stand/dp/B000E5ZP6A/ref=sr_1_45?ie=UTF8&s=musical-instruments&qid=1214343136&sr=8-45


Do you do any recording? It looks like you have the USB cable plugged in--is that your primary recording tool?

I'll probably get a nice stool to play on.

Do you ever pipe any music through your monitors?
#18
no recording right now....i use the cable to adjust settings...not sure what piping is?
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#19
check your pm's
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