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Where to Place Studio Monitors?
« on: May 19, 2013, 07:55:12 PM »
How should studio monitors be located in relation to the audio engineer / listener?

I typically see them up around ear level in photos of home studios but I'm curious what is the most optimal positioning and if it depends on the speakers themselves as well as the way the room is situated / treated.

Should you only use 2 monitors at once or can you accurately monitor a mix with lets say 4 studio monitors or even six...?

Just a few things I'd like to understand further for the development of my setup...thanks in advance for any help.
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Re: Where to Place Studio Monitors?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2013, 08:21:00 PM »
I've read that they need to be close to ear level with the listener as well as forming a triangle between the persons head and the 2 speakers.

I think when you see more than one set of monitors set up in a monitoring room they are used to reference different speakers not all at one time. They switch between the different studio monitors to see how they translate from one sound system to the next. From my experience only one set is needed at a time. I think if you had numerous sets of studio monitors going at once then the coloration of the frequency response from each different brand / model would add up to a pretty inaccurate sound. You wouldn't be dealing with one sets coloration but all of them...I'd stick with just one set at a time.