Good studio monitors for cheap?

Discussion in 'Home Recording and Studios' started by Powerstroke, Sep 12, 2021 at 3:49 AM.

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    Great thread, thanks for all the knowledge sharing gang.


    I’m looking to invest in some monitors, mainly to work as my video production mixing monitors but also to double up for when I’ve got my guitar recording set up.

    Does anyone use monitor stands? There would be great for saving space on my desk but I wonder if it loses out on the bass response by being elevated.
     
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  3. Hal Nico

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    It might lose a little but it's not an issue IMHO. Having recorded in a couple of pro studios years ago Sound engineers usually utilize 3 pairs of Monitors. One set of high powered full studio monitors, one set of smaller home HiFi type like those being discussed here and a set of cheap small speakers. When they can get a mix that sits well in all three they know they have got a good cross-format mix.

    I have my Alesis M1 Actives as my main but then check my mix in a cheap set of Bluetooth speakers that I also use for my Laptop as it's internal speakers are pretty much kaput,


    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392170608122?hash=item5b4f3095fa:g:5w8AAOSwjBhb6xY-

    £6.95 GBP.

    Also when mixing in Reaper DAW there's a neat,"Mono" button on the Master channel. I use this to check the Mono mix and again this can help get a better balanced mix.

    HTH :)
     
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  4. Powerstroke

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    I can see that. Still amazed
     
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  5. LutherBurger

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    Ideally, they should be de-coupled from the desk and pointed at your ears. I use a set of these (the older version, however): https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...155-isolation-stands-for-studio-monitors-pair

    I had originally put my monitors on short, angled speaker blocks and the sound wasn't quite right. When I discovered these I was worried that snake oil might be a primary component, but they really do work as advertised.
     
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    Congrats on the m audio monitors. They are probably better than the Mackies.(they did come with foam isolation pads tho : ] )
     
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  7. Powerstroke

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    That would be nice. I looked to see how much those would be. I couldn't find any at gc.
    I will have to completely change everything in my shop now. Unfortunately the table is no where near where I play guitar
     
  8. shingh2002

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    Great tips, thank you Hal Nico!
     
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  9. Powerstroke

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    Wonder if i can put these up higher and aim down.
    Trying to figure out how to set up my position.
     
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  11. SoundDesign

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    This is great advice too. Mono can give you some great insights to what's up with your mix.
     
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  12. Powerstroke

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    Im going to try using a amplifier and a pair of advent calypso 5 inch speakers and see how they compare.
    I seem to recall them being very similar.
    I need a desk or something I just really have no room here.
     
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    Did alot of moving stuff around. The monitors will be nearly middle of the room so it'll be interesting to see how that goes
     
  15. Hal Nico

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    If you don't want to buy another set of speakers to check the mix when you are nearly done on a track render and .mp3 and play it on your phone to see how it sounds as well as the other tips :)

    Also for giggles I sometimes try and get a mix down to just 128k .mp3 and see how good I can keep the sound/mix.

    I did this track some years ago down at 160k.mp3,

    https://soundcloud.com/paulsheppard/theclosestthing160k

    Not as good as real pros but not bad :)
     
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    I don't think you need a subwoofer.
     
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    Probably not. But I have this beast laying around lol. Was $19 at goodwill


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  18. Powerstroke

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    Got my table setup. I am not quite centered. I have the 6505 xlr out to the scarlett and the laptop and monitors. I can turn it down and crank up the input and hear just the monitors basically and they sound good directly from the amp. That's as far as I got last night. I moved everything.


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  19. LutherBurger

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    For several years I worked in the production department of a well-funded and well-equipped classical music radio station. The huge monitors in the main production room were suspended from the ceiling, angled downward toward the primary mixing console.
     
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    Nice. I thought I had seen setups like that. My main concern is my kids poking the speakers. Generally they are not out here ever but my kid ran out here one time and was messing around with the laptop and stuff. 2 yo and 4 yo boys
     
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