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Best Studio Monitors
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:15:21 PM »
What are the best studio monitors under $500? I don't have a lot of bread right now but I'm trying to get better at mixing and these computer speakers and cheap headphones aren't cutting it anymore. What are the features / specs that I needa be checkin' when shopping around for studio monitors? Even some good headphones might work. I read that you want a flat frequency response...can you get headphones with a flat frequency response? Also what are near field monitors? I'm guessin' these are studio monitors that are set closer to the mixing engineer than regular monitors but I really don't know that much about monitoring...

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Re: Best Studio Monitors
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 03:51:08 AM »
I use Bose speakers and they only costs me $300 for a set. I guess it's already a good deal! I also use Sennheiser headphones compared to Beats by Dre. I think these are the essentials in the studio without needing to pay for a lot of money.

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Re: Best Studio Monitors
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2013, 06:38:59 PM »
There aren't any monitors that are really considered to have a flat frequency response under $500 but most of them are going to beat your computer speakers. A flat frequency response means that there is no emphasis on any frequencies and no de-emphasis on any frequencies, which is almost impossible to achieve 100% in any speaker but the flatter the better. I'm a fan of Behringers for lower end studio monitors. A lot of people swear by KRK Rokits but I find the cheaper ones to be far from flat and accurate.

As far as your question about near fields here is the difference :
Professional studios often have large monitors around 6 to 10 ft from the mixing engineer and mounted flush tot he wall, inside a room that's been acoustically treated very well. The way it's designed is so the best monitoring position in the room where it is measured as the flattest / no nodes / no buildup of certain frequencies and no phase cancellation, is exactly where the audio engineer / producer sits. This is the optimal place to monitor and have the mix transfer over to other sound systems and speakers sounding just as it's supposed to with the addition of those other systems coloration or "emphasis and de-emphasis on certain frequencies" of course.

In a home studio it's not realistic to produce this type of setting or afford these types of monitors, etc, so it's become a trend to utilize near-field monitors.  These are smaller studio monitors that sit closer to the producer / engineer around 2.5-6 feet from the listener and often form a triangle with the head of the mixing engineer and the 2 speakers.
   

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Re: Best Studio Monitors
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2013, 07:44:24 PM »
There aren't any monitors that are really considered to have a flat frequency response under $500 but most of them are going to beat your computer speakers. A flat frequency response means that there is no emphasis on any frequencies and no de-emphasis on any frequencies, which is almost impossible to achieve 100% in any speaker but the flatter the better. I'm a fan of Behringers for lower end studio monitors. A lot of people swear by KRK Rokits but I find the cheaper ones to be far from flat and accurate.

As far as your question about near fields here is the difference :
Professional studios often have large monitors around 6 to 10 ft from the mixing engineer and mounted flush tot he wall, inside a room that's been acoustically treated very well. The way it's designed is so the best monitoring position in the room where it is measured as the flattest / no nodes / no buildup of certain frequencies and no phase cancellation, is exactly where the audio engineer / producer sits. This is the optimal place to monitor and have the mix transfer over to other sound systems and speakers sounding just as it's supposed to with the addition of those other systems coloration or "emphasis and de-emphasis on certain frequencies" of course.

In a home studio it's not realistic to produce this type of setting or afford these types of monitors, etc, so it's become a trend to utilize near-field monitors.  These are smaller studio monitors that sit closer to the producer / engineer around 2.5-6 feet from the listener and often form a triangle with the head of the mixing engineer and the 2 speakers.

Damn you really know your stuff. Thanks for all the info man. I didn't really have a clue about studio monitors until reading your post. Like I said I've been making beats on computer speakers. Tryin' to learn all this stuff to get on a more professional level and step my music production game up, but there's sooo much to learn.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 10:54:47 AM »
Try out some of Yamaha's monitors. They usually cost you just under $500. Sometimes $450 if you hit the right places. The Adam A5X is another one you should look into if you're looking for bargain monitors.

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Re: Best Studio Monitors
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013, 06:23:41 AM »
I suggest you save more money and buy better ones later. At that price range you are gonna end up with colored or unbalanced mixes. I am waiting for my first studio monitors, so today my mix probably sucks big time. But I mix using different speakers and headphones. Two different headphones (a semi-pro ones and standard noise-cancelling earbuds, I like using equipment people actually use to listen to music, right?) and two different sets of speakers, a powered 2.1 set (I came to understand my sub-low freqs much more with it) and a 2x1 2.0 set from a really nice stereo.

The thing is, listen to your stuff everywhere. I bring it into cars, different headphones, speakers, and sometimes I can visit some studios and check out the mixes on good monitors.

TRAIN YOUR EARS, EXERCISE AND IMPROVE YOUR MIXING SKILLS... and the monitors will just be something really useful to have that you WILL understand like a pro.
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Re: Best Studio Monitors
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2013, 01:44:01 PM »
Here's a bunch of articles and other conversations about the best studio monitors available. Some of these lists are somewhat outdated but a great reference and place to start when looking for studio monitors / speakers:

14 Recommended Studio Monitors
The Best Studio Monitors
Top 10 Studio Monitor Speakers
What's The Best Studio Monitors Out?
10 Best Studio Monitors
and now this page is a good resource :P Best Studio Monitors on Record and Produce

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