Studio monitors

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Member Since: Jan 27, 2006

Hi, can someone please advise me on some good flat frequency monitors for about 120 . My hits can sounds fine in my studio then I play them in the car and bass, treble etc is all wrong.... is this what monitors are for?????? Thanks

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Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Jan 11, 2007 09:28 pm

Har-Bal might be a better investment. Many here swear by it, including dB, the admin.

On the monitor side, the room you're mixing in has a great amount to do with what you hear.

fer instance:

I had Tannoy Reveal a while ago. In my large room in the garage, they sound great. In my long basement room they sound great.

Now in my re-built studio in the basement, I have the same monitors, only self-powered, so same box, drivers, etc. They sound muddy as heck. Reason? my room. My control room is only 7 or 8 feet deep, so the bass is backed all up around me. I have to tweak my room big-time to get it to work well. Now when I play my 2.1 cheapo SB speakers instead, it's more balanced, because the satellites aren't pointed at walls, plus the sub is pointing long-ways on the floor. Better dispersment.

Research on tweaking your mixing room / acoustic treatment / monitor placement will probably fix way more than monitors in that price range will.

hth, good luck

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 11, 2007 10:20 pm

What are using to mix with at the moment?

Since: Jan 27, 2006

Jan 12, 2007 12:41 am

In terms of speakers im just using some 6 year old sony hifi ones which i think add some effects and stuff but is that the actual design of the speaker?? because theres no electronics in them, just wires to the speakers.

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Jan 12, 2007 07:21 am

Adam, As mentioned above, HarBal could be a great solution for ya in terms of mastering. it's basically made to fix those kinda issues.

That being said...monitors...speakers are not the only factor, the room they are in, the material they are made from, their size and much more contributes to the sound. Many hifi speakers (cheap ones anyway) are made from thin, weak particle board pieces, are not tuned properly and/or are designed to enhance hi's and lo's in order to sound more "dramatic". They are not made for monitoring.

However, the most important thing about monitors is knowing their strengths and weaknesses. Any speaker can work, you just need to know them. If you know they have a weak bass response, you can compensate for them in the mix, for example.

it's quite possible 120 won't get you much better speakers than you have. Though, since I don't know the exact speaker of which you speak, I can't say for sure.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jan 12, 2007 10:14 pm

ok i gotta admit, i havn't read the other posts, but no matter how 'flat' your monitors are, it your ROOM that's causing the translation problems....the best way around this is to A/B your mix with a commercial mix....just import a similar style song right into your project and you'll hear the direction you need to go in.

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