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Placement of monitor speakers: Is it normal to hear a lot more bass when stepping back?

What you have is too much bass bouncing off the walls. You've created what are called standing waves in your room, which is very common. When there is a standing wave for any frequency, some spots in ...
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Are flat-eq monitors actually necessary?

...if most consumer-grade audio playback systems are not designed to be flat or accurate, why is it considered practical to write, mix, or master your music on "flat" monitors? Because most ...
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If studio monitors have flat response, what makes some better than others?

No such thing as flat response There is no such thing as a speaker with a flat response - neither in theory (maths) nor in practice (electronics + mechanics) such a speaker can be built. The term is ...
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Do studio monitors need an audio interface?

Several points are to be considered : PC output vs dedicated Audio Interface output A PC will output consumer line level. A dedicated interface will output either consumer line level or professional ...
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Monitors and Audio Interface

The audio interface would be used instead of your sound card. The laptop itself shouldn't play a role in the quality of the sound. (Though it can happen... see @left's comment below) The sound ...
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If studio monitors have flat response, what makes some better than others?

I don't think you'll find any monitors that are truly flat. Each brand and each set of monitors seems to have its own way it colors the sound. Choosing a set of monitors is one of the more personal ...
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Placement of monitor speakers: Is it normal to hear a lot more bass when stepping back?

A couple of things to add on; If you are djing, then I assume you won't be sitting by your computer?? The way you describe it, it does sound like standing waves. If you are to produce, then you ...
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Placement of monitor speakers: Is it normal to hear a lot more bass when stepping back?

If you're using the set up purely for mixing in the DJ sense, as you've indicated, then it doesn't particularly matter how you position things. I'd suggest you go with your gut preference and what ...
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Are flat-eq monitors actually necessary?

If you take a look at any studio you will most likely see a few sets of monitors in them, someone beat me to the NS-10's but its worth going into a bit more depth on why they are so important ...
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Do studio monitors need an audio interface?

It is worth using an audio interface if you want to maximize sound quality, however you can also get by just fine with your built in sound card for a while if you want to save for a better interface. ...
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If studio monitors have flat response, what makes some better than others?

Just because a monitor is flat at one particular target listening volume does not mean that it is either a) flat at all volumes or b) able to reproduce the same range of frequencies with the same ...
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If studio monitors have flat response, what makes some better than others?

One thing that I don't see mentioned in the other answers but which some industry pros claim (or at least those at Polk do) is that having a very wobbly frequency response graph sounds (subjectively) ...
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Can a computer replicate the work that monitoring speakers are doing?

The two options you are suggesting are very different. But there may be a third that you are not thinking of. To understand this, you need to understand that there are three components at play here, ...
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Security for studio monitors

This might be overkill, but you can use the same security cables you'd use with a laptop or anything with the Kensington security slots, but instead of relying on the slots, you'd install the same ...
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Studio Monitors/ Mac Mini (MINIJACK)

The mini-jack will be a stereo jack socket, which requires a TIP/RING/SLEEVE plug to interface correctly. The two signals you will need are TIP/SLEEVE and RING/SLEEVE - with SLEEVE being the signal ...
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How to connect Focusrite scarlett 2i2 3rd gen to Behringer MS40 Studio monitors?

About DI-box: It's useless if your guitar stands the loading caused by your recording interface input. Low impedance inputs in many mixers easily cause treble loss if one connects an ordinary passive ...
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Would playing electric guitar through studio monitors hurt the monitors?

I've recorded entire albums using virtual amps… where else are you going to listen to them but over the studio monitors? So long as you don't run a guitar amp speaker output straight into them, & ...
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Connecting a synthesizer (Prophet Rev 2) directly to speakers/monitors

Prophet outputs are unbalanced. Then a pair of jack TS - RCA could be what you are looking for. I assume you have the Eris active speakers you have described.
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How to avoid computer noise in studio monitors?

One thing that I found out btw is that when I plug Behringer directly with its USB to pc there is no more noise. It seems the problem is my MAudio Interface. But what will I do with that? Should I ...
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Connecting both my mixers and my audio interface to my studio monitors

You should consider a "Studio Monitor Controller" with the appropriate number of input (stereo-)channels, and appropriate amount of output (stereo-)channels for your specific requirements. ...
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Mixing question about headphones

Technically, you don't need studio monitors. If you know what a great mix sounds like on your headphones, and you understand what mixing decisions are necessary to create a similarly great mix, then ...
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Stereo vs mono studio monitors?

The term "2-way" has nothing to do with mono or stereo. 2-way means that the monitor speaker reproduces the audio signal with two speaker cones, each responsible for a certain frequency range that are ...
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Do I need an audio interface for my studio monitors?

That horrible hiss sound is system noise. Realtek audio inputs on PC's and laptops are cheap and the circuits are not well shielded. So noise from the electronic components finds its way in to the ...
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Are flat-eq monitors actually necessary?

Studio monitors are very practical, not to mention an all-around wise choice. The two foremost reasons in my mind are: 1) As an engineer, you NEED to be able to hear exactly what's going on in your ...
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