In recent months I have been researching better ways to give my artists the best, most flexible monitoring system I can and in this article, I am going to share what I have come up with something that will work equally well both in the studio and out on location.
Our friends at UK based console, interface and mic pre manufacturers Audient are very pleased to announce their newest product, Nero. Nero is a fully featured desktop monitor controller with a comprehensive set of I/O. Think of Nero as the centre section of your console, just without the console.
The Neumann KH 80 DSP sounds bigger than it is, and it offers DSP speaker correction even if you don’t have a measurement mic.
Production Expert team member Julian Rodgers considers the potential advantages of using more than one subwoofer in a monitoring system.
Is “neutral” and “flat” really the ideal in terms of our studios and our speakers? This question got Eli Krantzberg thinking about how our monitors are gauged, measured, and tested. After all, what good is making your room neutral, if the speakers aren’t putting out properly calibrated sound?
Off-the-shelf monitor isolation products do indeed look the part but how can we know for sure that these types of tools work and if they do, how great are the benefits to our monitoring? Are they glorified gadgets or are they essential for our monitor performance?
In this article we show you everything you need to know about Sonarworks Reference 4, how it works, how you can easily harness its power to improve your workflow along with a guided tour of the application explaining each of Reference 4’s curves. We also walk you through the things you need to do like speaker placement and acoustic treatment to the room before you turn to Sonarworks to finish off the process.
SpatialSound Wave Technology is an immersive audio technology which sounds amazing. 3D audio with no sweet spot! Walk around the room and the position of sounds stays consistent! And they chose some of our favourite Neumann monitors for the install.
I always enjoy spending time with proper engineers, not sound engineers (though I like them too) but real engineers who design and build stuff, because so much of their work is about simplifying problems and through clear thinking, solving those problems. This is especially evident in my recent chat with Klaus Heinz of HEDD about why he designed the new Tower Mains to be big powerful sealed boxes.
Genelec are rightly famous for their reference monitor systems and world beating GLM automatic alignment system, but now they’ve turned their hands to bringing accurate immersive audio monitor reference performance to headphones as well.
Most of us working in home studios use 2-way nearfield monitoring. 3-way monitors in smaller home studio environments are often impractical for three reasons. First, is cost, second is the physical size of the monitors and third is the size of the room. Eve Audio have a unique solution to 3 way monitoring with their SC305 model, that addresses all these obstacles.
Typically microphones, preamps, computers and plug-ins come and go over short periods of time but for many a set of studio monitors will stay in service for at least a decade so it’s important to know what your options are when deciding on a new set of monitors for you studio. In this article we roundup all of our reviews and listening tests of studio monitors and hardware & software accessories for you to check out
The HEDD Tower Mains are big main monitors and that part of the market is dominated by a handful of very respected and very established names. Can this very original infinite baffle design compete at the top end?
Why do we want great studio monitors? That is not an obvious question to answer. On one hand, we want some degree of gratification as we are working on our music. In other words, we want it to sound good. But we also want to make sure we are mixing our music properly so that it will sound great wherever it is listened to. I am going to suggest a third facet. The better our studio monitors are, the more we take them for granted. And that is a good thing! The main thing I want from my monitors is to not think about them. I mean like ever.
Our friends at ADAM Audio have just announced a new 10” powered subwoofer called The T10S designed to compliment their popular range of popular T Series studio monitors.
Our friends at IK Multimedia have just announced the new iLoud MTM compact studio monitors that IK say were designed to deliver pristine sound and an unprecedented level of accuracy that redefines nearfield monitoring for the modern, computer-based, professional and home studio. What’s best about these monitors is that they include powerful DSP for hosting IK’s ARC Speaker Calibration.
Our friends at both ADAM Audio and Sonarworks have announced they are partnering to help music creators around the world overcome the biggest challenges they face in their studio lives - Imperfect monitoring environments, sounds very exciting indeed but what kind of monitoring solutions could this new pro audio dream team provide? Let’s take an educated guess….
How much do you have to spend to get a pair of monitors which are good enough to use to make reliable mixing decisions? Considering how important monitoring is to every decision you make when mixing and that monitors are one of those categories of equipment where the people who can will spend tens of thousands on “professional monitoring”. Is it sensible to mix on monitors which cost this little?
The AMT ribbon tweeters used by HEDD sound great but how do they work? Though these drivers do share some important elements with ribbon mics they aren’t just a ribbon mic working in reverse. See how they work and why they have important advantages over conventional pistonic tweeters.
Studio monitor brands don’t usually offer a range of colour finishes other than either satin black or white as I can only imagine it wouldn’t be cost effective to do so. How then can we personalise the look of our monitors without reaching for the primer and paint? We believe we’ve found the solution…