Our friends at Sonarworks, the masterminds behind Reference 4’s speaker and headphone calibration plug-in, recently published a free e-book called “Successful Studio Setup”, in which they explain how to go about setting up the perfect listening environment for critical mixing workflows in home recording studios. The book covers both monitoring on loudspeakers as well as monitoring on studio headphones.
The ebook is 48 pages long and is a very good read and well worth you checking out. At no point does the information intimidate the reader with difficult to understand maths and science. It’s easy to digest with some very helpful graphics which illustrates each topic on speaker placement and room acoustics. The topics are written in such a way that there’s definitely something for everyone.
The ebook’s table of contents are as follows:
Chapter 1 - Creating a Great Sounding Home Studio
Acoustic Considerations for a Room at Home
Monitor Placement and Setup
Killing First Reflections
Chapter 2 – Choosing the Perfect Monitors or Headphones
In The Room or In Your Head – Speakers vs Headphones
Studio Monitor Selection