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Studio monitors are loudspeakers in speaker enclosures specifically designed for professional, accurate audio reproduction, designed to produce relatively flat (linear) phase and frequency responses. Applications include recording studios, filmmaking, television studios, radio studios and project or home studios.

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In what way, and to what degree, does a tear in a speaker cone affect its sound quality?

I just bought a used pair of Yamaha HS80M studio monitors for super cheap. They look like heck but I didn't see anything that worried me. I did test them briefly before purchasing and didn't hear ...
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Strange POP and loss of audio during Logic playback...?

First, I apologize if this is too vague a question for this group -- I'm perplexed and I don't have much data to work with. I think it's probably impossible to solve, given the limited data, but I ...
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Anything wrong with storing studio monitors right next to each other?

I have to take apart my studio equipment and store it elsewhere while some construction takes place in the studio. I wanted to ask whether there was anything wrong in storing my two Yamaha HS8 studio ...
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Does Speaker Size Matter? [closed]

I own some decent bookshelf speakers that have good sound quality. I position them well within my room, symmetrically a few meters in front of my desk. I have recently been to other places that have ...
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Connecting a synthesizer (Prophet Rev 2) directly to speakers/monitors

I intend to buy a Prophet Rev 2 synth very soon, but before I do, I want to make sure the setup I have in mind will work. This synth has 4 quarter inch (unbalanced) audio outputs, as illustrated on ...
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How do I build a studio in an old ‘01 Chevy single cab?

Okay. I’m going to a university for Music Industry with an emphasis in Production and Business, (I’m really happy I found this, I toured the campus and it’s insane) but I don’t want to have to use ...
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Swissonic Sub10 standby mode issue

I bought Swissonic Sub10 and it makes "pop" in my monitors every time it goes into standby mode. It's so annoying and maybe even harmful to my speakers. Does anyone know how to get rid of ...
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How to know if studio monitors are loud enough?

I'm having trouble with my studio monitors (headphones as well). They are JBL 104s, which are pretty affordable entry level speakers. I've got a handful of headphones, typically between 32 ohm and 64 ...
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Driving two Active Monitors Off One Subwoofer Output [closed]

My question is basically whether it is okay to connect two active monitors to the same output channel on a subwoofer, including cases where only one may be on at a time? There's no weird drive issues ...
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Can you reduce noise by decreasing input impedance with a resistive load?

A general question but inspired by a specific example so framed as such. I have powered studio monitors attached to a computer's unbalanced headphone port, and there is some amount of underlying ...
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5 inch vs 7 inch monitors

I'm a musician and after having started into mixing at home with nothing more than a good pair of headphones (Beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO) and an interface, I'm planning on buying some good monitors and ...
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Eliminate static crackling noise when scrolling Scarlett 2i2 interface

This issue has been driving me crazy for years now to the point where I was using only single monitor for the last half year. There is a crackling noise at idle and a much more pronounced noise when ...
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Correct sequence/way to turn on and off audio equipment?

What is the correct sequence to turn on audio equipment? Want to do everything right to protect the equipment & understand why this is the correct order. So I have a PC, PreSonus USB audio ...
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Audio problem when connecting Sony stereo speakers to monitor output of Focusrite 18i8

I have purchased a Focusrite 18i8 2nd gen, so far everything seems to work except the monitor output. I have a set of powered speaker plus subwoofer from Sony, they are a set of old speakers that I ...
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Closed or open-back headphones for live monitoring?

Assuming Ableton is giving me a metronome playing through headphones, and I'm performing a live-looping session live, I need to be able to hear both the metronome as well as the music I'm making. I ...
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Monitor speakers and distance from the walls

I got some monitor speakers for my studio (Yamaha HS8), but they seems to sound better if I keep them 4 or 5 feet from the walls. When I move them near the walls they don't sound equally good. Does ...
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How to connect subwoofer, loudspeakers and monitor speakers with 2 output only from the mixer?

My mixer has only two outputs: one for the loudspeakers and one for the monitors. My active loudspeakers and active monitor speakers are already connected to these 2 outputs and work fine. Now I ...
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What is the best way to convert 1/8" cable to dual 1/4" input monitors

I recently bought a pair of JBL LSR305 studio monitors: https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LSR305--jbl-lsr305-5-inch-powered-studio-monitor They sound great, but they only have a 1/4" cable ...
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Laptop -> Audio Interface -> Studio Monitors

I haven't done this in a while and I'm going to buy some monitors soon so I need to figure this out asap... Basically, I have my DAW on a laptop. I need to get the output of the DAW to my studio ...
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Connection between Sound card and Reference Monitors

I have a Sound card (Audio Interface) with ‘balanced’ outputs for Left and Right channels. Also I have two reference monitors with balanced XLR inputs. My audio cables have XLR male jacks (to the ...
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Does speaker calibration software reduce the life-span of the speakers?

I'm wondering if using speaker calibration software could be exhausting the speakers by gaining up the frequencies outside of the speaker's natural frequency range, or if there is anything to be ...
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How do I eliminate occasional loud pops from my studio monitors?

The background: I just purchased and installed my first studio monitors and connected them to my audio interface. I had to buy separate RCA(f)–1/4”(m) adapters, since the cable included with my ...
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Why am I hearing weird static nosie on my speakers

Our Church uses Yamaha CM 12V speakers for monitor, powered by QSC GX5 amps. Every 3 to 5 minutes once we hear a weird buzzing static noise from the speakers. The noise will be loud, and will last ...
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Better to mix subs in headphones or through monitors?

When making sub basses for a rubbish trap song is it better to mix through speakers or headphones? I have BX5 M-AUDIO monitors and Audio Technica ATH-M30 headphones.
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What's the difference between monitors for music and sound post?

I'm planning to buy a LCR Setup for my little home studio. Mainly I will do all works of sound post (dialogue editing, Ambience/SFX, sound design, foley as well as rough mixes). Critical mixing ...
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Need help with my ''studio setup'' (from a hobby perspective)

English isn't my first language so please excuse any errors :) I was mainly thinking of getting myself a studio setup, because i mainly produce house/EDM music etc, but i do play piano aswell (i do ...
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Why does my studio monitor sound weak and compressed?

I connected my computer's 1/8" audio jack to my Yamaha HS8's 1/4" input. Songs sound very weak and compressed compared to my old Logitech Z4 speaker system and Mackie CR4s. Sometimes vocals are nearly ...
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Loud Whining Sound with Start/Stop of Audio

I get an loud whining sound after a big pop oftentimes when my laptop is hooked up to my monitors and there's no music playing. My Setup 2 x Presonus Eris E5 M-Audio M-track (v1) 2 x female XLR to ...
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How can i prevent/reduce bass trapping?

I have to put my monitors in two corners. What can i do to prevent/reduce bass build up issues?
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Audio interface or Mixer with built-in audio interface?

Currently I have no equipment, but i plan on building up a very basic home studio and home DJing setup. The first thing i want to buy is a set of self powered studio monitors (KRK Rokit RP5's). I was ...
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Speakers hissing, even when no audio cable plugged in

I have a pair of KRK RP6G2 for my bedroom studio. Tonight I noticed that both the speakers have a hiss coming through, when they're turned on, but there's no audio cable plugged in. What's causing ...
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Using balanced audio to feed stereo monitor input with in ear monitoring?

Is this a dumb idea? It appears that we've been doing this for ages and so far none of the musicians have complained. My understanding is that you'll just get an out of phase signal which sounds like ...
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Monitors with a narrow directional coverage angle, do they exist?

I'm in a position where I need to install monitor speakers in an extremely awkward spot, above a sealing (out of sight for the public) behind - and very close to - the microphones on stage. The ...
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I'm going to get an IEM system but I need a mixer

I am going to buy an IEM system so I can hear my vocals. (I am the lead singer in a band) I don't really care about hearing the music, I'll be able to. If my vocals are the only thing that I can hear ...
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KH 0300 or Reason

I own some studio speakers (Klein and Hummel 0300, purchased in January 2012), and they have really tested my wits. Not because I regret my purchase, but I stil have several problems with them. At ...
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How do I conduct a audition/blindfold test of audio monitors ?

I've been looking for a good description of how to audition monitors for my new studio. I haven't found anything that describes a systematic process I can follow and also evaluation criteria at each ...
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Would you rather Mix/Edit with decent headphones or cheap inexpensive monitors?

I can't afford good monitors currently so I'm just curious.
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Will a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air be adequate monitors for sound editing/mixing on a short film?

I'm about to embark on a shortish film project, 30mins approx, as the sound editor. I'm responsible for the whole post production phase for this film's sound. It may go for a mastering session at some ...
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How do you properly place studio monitors cheaply?

I currently have my monitors sitting on foam but they are not at ear level. I am looking for ways to improve their positioning without spending a fortune on something like an IsoAcoustic stand. I ...
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What causes the 130-133Hz hum in my KRK VXT6 monitors?

I bought a new pair of KRK VXT6 monitors last week and I think they sound amazing, but upon listening to some songs, I hear a weird noise specifically in the bass. I decided to analyze the weird ...
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Changing nearfield monitors + D/A

Hi, since I'm relocating to a new country, I'm thinking to sell my pair of Dynaudio BM15A and buy something smaller, more suitable for a studio apartment. Main use is for presets programming and ...
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KRK (or any other) nearfield recommendation for game audio

I've got some freelance game audio contracts beginning soon and need to get started with a basic bedroom setup. Here's some quick specs: 11.8 x 12.8 sized bedroom. Carpeted, drywall, a queen sized ...
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How do monitor speakers not produce feedback?

I always see monitor speakers hooked into recording systems in example diagrams. There are monitor outputs on my audio interface. Can you really monitor recordings on speakers in the same room as ...
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fast routing (switching) of a single output to n distinct monitors

I need to route sound from a personal computer to one of a horde of monitors. Only one monitor will be active at any one time, but I need to be able to switch between monitors rapidly (<50ms) ...
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Which reference monitors should I buy for my home studio?

I am in the market for reference monitors for my home studio. I will be mixing both instrumentals and vocals. I am not concerned about using these speakers in any live scenarios. I am primarily ...
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Live Production Audio Question Re: Buzzing Monitor

I am currently enjoying a fantastic theater production as the assistant sound designer for a musical. The sound designer that hired me has moved on to another Tech rehearsal and has left me with the ...
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computer sleep/wakeup click sound - healthy for monitors?

hi, whenever i put my macbook pro to sleep and wake it up, Core Audio / my sound card seem to restart and i get this glitch/click sound on my monitors... sometimes i hear a single one and at other ...
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Can a broken jack produce out-of-phase sound?

One of my Yamaha HS-50M monitors fell from the desk recently. It had a normal Tip/Sleeve connector plugged in, but upon impact the jack got a bit loose. Now in order to get a signal, I have to pull ...
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Can opening closed speaker cabinets for service affect the sound?

I have two pairs of speakers that could do with opening them up to investigate problems--one decades-old set of Celestion hi-fi speakers that has developed a rattle, the other a set of M-Audio ...
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Can I use front-ported monitors against a wall (or crowded desk) without problems?

Currently I attempt to mix my music in an untreated living room, going back and forth between a pair of headphones and a sizable desktop speaker system. I'd like to improve the situation with some ...
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