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…
In the Production Expert 10th Anniversary Christmas Competition we offering the chance to win a pair of HEDD Type 05 monitors worth over $900, as one of over 30 great prizes on offer worth over $30,000 in total. The competition closed on December 31st 2018 and we’re pleased to be able to announce the winner is Erick Protz.
For those of us who work in our own studios away from big facilities, events like the Miloco Gear Pro Audio Expo held on Thursday November 8th 2018, are a chance to get get out there into the real world, have a nose around a world famous studio complex, reach out and play with some of the latest gear and most importantly network with fellow audio professionals and “chew the fat” about all things music and music technology.
Over the years, The Production Expert Team has produced countless video reviews featuring a wide variety of cool studio hardware and outboard gear. From mic preamps to effects units, compressors to EQ… check out our Expert Reviews Roundup of studio hardware and outboard gear.
Having enjoyed the HEDD Type 05 two way monitors Julian tries the bigger Type 20 3 way monitors and their accompanying Lineariser plug-in. See what he made of them in this, his latest on test article.
Most studios have at least one set of nearfield monitors, typically these are going to be a set of small monitors because they could have been an affordable option… who know, everybody has their reasons for owning at least one set of small studio monitors. I’m particularly partial to a decent set of small monitors… for all their merits though they do typically have a small number of general drawbacks.
ATC, manufacturers of sublime studio monitors, have released an install friendly version of their SCM12 small passive two monitor, an ideal candidate for a high quality multichannel install.
For those new to music production and mixing, an expensive set of $1,000+ near field active monitors could very well be out of budget, but that’s ok, there are plenty of great sounding studio monitors out there that you can buy today for far far less.
In this article we list 5 great sounding studio monitors that you can buy today for less than $500 a pair.
Not powering down studio monitors at the end of your working day. Is this a bad habit of yours in your studio? - Take our poll
The Studio Pro SP-5 headphones are closed-backed that ADAMS say delivers a smooth and balanced sound across abroad frequency spectrum from 8 Hz to 38 kHz. We’ve heard them and love them.
Julian tries the 3 way, infinite baffle KH 310 monitors and finds they tick all the right boxes. Find out more about why he liked them so much in our latest on test article.