How to Choose The Right Studio Monitors
Studio reference monitors play a significant role in providing accurate sound reproduction while you edit or record your music. For professional purposes, a set of these specially designed loudspeakers for accuracy and detail, is essential for any studio.
If you have a sonically transparent monitoring system, it ensures that the final product which is delivered via other systems, such as, headphones, car audio systems, TVs, etc., is exactly the same as it was intended when it was created by the Engineer.
Studio monitors can be pricey pieces of equipment; therefore, their selection must be made wisely. Some of the important parameters to consider before purchasing your studio monitors are provided in this article. If you are looking for some outstanding studio monitors with accurate sound quality, be sure to check out the Fluid Audio FX50 and Fluid Audio FX80 by Fluid Audio.
· Types of Studio Monitors:
1. Passive monitors
2. Active monitors
Nowadays, there are many studio monitors available to choose from. These two types of studio monitors are absolutely not superior to each, but you should be aware that studio monitoring started out in the early days as all passive (meaning having a separate, outboard amplifier). Most of the “classic” music you hear from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s were all recorded and mixed on passive monitors.
As home recording became more popular in the 1990’s, it made more sense to design the amplifier along with the speaker (in the same enclosure). This makes things simpler for the consumer, and also allows the designer to align the characteristics of the amplifier to the speaker drivers they are using.
· The Power Factor:
It is very important for you to analyze your studio setup and decide how much power you will require for your specific situation.
Depending on factors such as, how close you will be to your monitors when mixing, the type or style of music and you will be producing, and how loud you personally like to monitor all come into play. Recording and mixing doesn’t have to be done at “ear bleed” levels. But sometimes it is good to have enough headroom (and power handling) in your monitors in case you really want to turn it up.
· Enclosure types:
The two enclosure types you generally see are sealed enclosures or ported ones. (The enclosure being the wood box that the speakers are mounted in). Ported systems can be “tuned” with port “tube” to achieve maximum bass output at a certain frequency. Below that frequency, however, the acoustic output drops off quickly. Sealed systems are the opposite: They have a more gradual bass slope, but can usually go much lower in frequency. Sealed designed usually need more power to drive the low end to get the equivalent bass output.
· Is a Subwoofer Essential?
The need for a subwoofer is completely dependent on the type of music you intend to create. Most music you hear on the radio or streaming doesn’t go any lower than the low E string on a bass guitar, which is 40Hz. However, for other types of music, such as Hip Hop, EDM, or Dance music, extended bass frequencies are required. A subwoofer such as the F8S by Fluid Audio will extend your 5” studio monitors from around 60Hz down to 35Hz. A 10 or 12” woofer in a bigger enclosure will go down as low as 25Hz.
· Sound Quality
Maybe the most important thing to consider when buying monitors is the sound. While every person has their own notion or taste when it comes to sound, all agree that all frequencies in midrange and high frequencies must be present for accurate monitoring. For studio monitors, there can be no missing frequencies (or dips in the response) to ensure proper translation to other speaker systems. You’ll hear many people say monitors to have a “flat” response, but sometimes this can be taken too literally.
The other important factor in studio monitor sound quality is imaging. If you‘re listening to a pair of monitors and you close your eyes, and can hear each instrument…and where they are placed left-to-right in the mix, then the monitors have good imaging. This is essential for quality monitoring.
On the other hand, if you are up to recording and mixing your first music track, then just a pair of studio monitors would work great.
Those were some important factors that one must consider before buying any studio monitor. To achieve accuracy and perfection in your work, you must invest in a good studio monitor.
If you want to hear each minor detail of the sound, then some boosted studio monitors are
Fluid Audio FX50, Fluid Audio FX80 and many more models by Fluid audio.