Getting The Best Performance From Your Studio Monitors

Most guitar/bass players are doing some form of studio recording in their own home. Many of you might have invested in a good pair of studio monitors. Here are some tips for making sure you get what you paid for.

1. Start with the right monitor

You don't want studio monitors that add bass. Just because you like to listen to your personal music with the bass jacked up to 10, doesn't mean you want to mix like that. Try to find flat response studio monitors. You can turn up the bass later.

2. Properly position your ears

Place your monitors on one of the shortest walls in your room and make sure you face that direction when editing. Your own listening position should be about a third of the room back from the monitors.

3. Properly position your monitor

Again, use the shortest wall in your studio. Unless the monitors are designed to be placed right up against a wall (rare) be sure to move the monitors out and away from the wall or you will get a false bass response that fools you into thinking you have a fuller sound than you really do. Bare minimum move the speakers 10" off the wall.

4. Point the speakers at your head

Aim your speakers at the sweet spot, which would be YOU - your ears - your head. They should sit at an angle and the angle should be biased towards you, not the wall.

5. Watch out for reflections

I am not talking about mirrors, but rather sound waves. Sound waves reflect off hard, angled surfaces. If you are dealing with lots of those in your space, invest in some acoustic treatment to mitigate those reflections if you want a clean, true, sound from your monitors.

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