Questions tagged [monitors]

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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What is the best volume to work with studio monitors?

What is the best volume to work with studio monitors for mastering and mixing tracks? I own a pair of M Audio Bx8 Studio monitors and I always produce with the volume knob at the middle.... so here ...
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What should I look for when buying a subwoofer?

I've got a pair of studio monitors which I'm very happy with, and am considering matching them with a sub. Since I can only hear the sub in the store, and without the benefit of hearing how they'd ...
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What is the difference between TRS and XLR connectors?

Aside from the obvious differences in the physical connectors, is there an advantage to one over the other? Specifically, I am looking to connect powered near-field monitor speakers to my USB audio ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Placing Monitors On-Stage

I help with the sound at a local High School for their musicals. The actors are having trouble hearing themselves on stage, so we're trying to place monitors on stage so that they can hear what they'...
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KRK VXT6 monitors: How long between breaks?

I've owned a pair of KRK VXT6 monitors for about a year now. I'm very happy with them overall but they do seem to get rather hot after periods of extended use. Not burn your hand hot, but enough to ...
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Small Monitors for a Small Room : KRK VXT4 or PMC DB1S ?

Hi All, A question regarding monitoring(again!) I went out listening to monitors the other day. I listened to to a variety of models in my price range of 800 - 1000 Swiss francs. I was particularly ...
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Low frequency driver replacement for BX5a

Any idea where I can get a replacement low-frequency driver for my M-Audio BX5a monitor? One of my monitors has been making a fuzz noise on a few low frequencies. M-Audio has been no help. Full ...
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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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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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How to evaluate home studio monitors?

I'm looking for a good pair of studio monitors for a home project studio. The room is 12'x12'x10' and I'll be seated about 4' from the speakers. Budget is about $500-600 per pair. What features do I ...
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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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Audio Interface from Laptop to Monitors/etc

Here's the set up I'm going to have for a little while and would like the to figure out what to buy to fit "in the middle". My best understanding is a mixer of some sort, but I'm not sure what. That's ...
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nearfield monitors

I've put together a home recording studio - MacBook, Logic, Puredata - I need some monitors - probably active, nearfield monitors. Money is an issue, but I only want to do this once. Any advice would ...
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Yamaha HS80M vs KRK RP 8 G2 vs Mackie MR 8

Hey everybody, I went to the local music shop and asked for a monitor solution for a small room (with a budget around 400 - 500 Euro, i know - that´s not really a budget but I cannot afford more) ...
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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 fast and loud transients damage speakers?

Hi, I'm currently designing the sound for a weapon and I'm using fireworks in it. I really enjoy the way it sounds but is it not going to wear out my speakers? It's a pair of A7's (Rohacell/carbon ...
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Monitor Subwoofer suggestions (economic)

Hey Im l@@kin to invest some money in reference monitors and a sub. Can anybody drop some suggestions for me? My price range is limited to about 600 american dollars and I have a discount ...
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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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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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Near-Fields or Secondary Monitors?

I'm curious if anyone else uses a smaller speaker system or near-fields along with your main monitors to mix or cut effects on. What are you all working on?
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Small speakers/monitors for demo purposes

Hi folks, I'm assembling hardware (laptop, interface, speakers, ...) for a small demo setup which is meant be easily portable, so as to be able to pack it into a flightcase and quickly put it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Samson GT Studio Monitors

Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has had any experiences with the Samson GT Studio monitors. I have heard some good things about them and there are some interesting reports out there regarding their ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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M-Audio BX5a just died?

A little less than a year ago, I picked up a pair of BX5a's cheap off eBay. They've worked just great up until about five minutes ago. I was working on a minimal techno track with pretty heavy bass (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...