We talked about gears and equipment for music in our previous article on Starting Your Music Production Career. The gear mentioned here are important to enhance your workflow in making music and also adds tactile feedback while you’re making music, but no matter how good your gear is, you won’t be able to listen to your most accurate mix on your laptop speakers or your generic earphones. Making music means we need to know how our production sounds like, and it’s crucial to have a good set of monitors for you, to exactly know what you are doing. Here we are going to tell you about speakers and headphones for music production purposes (they’re amazing).
There are two types of studio monitors; powered and passive. Passive studio monitors are less common nowadays because it requires you to plug it into a separate monitor amplifier, and those monitor amplifiers are huge and expensive. Popular powered studio monitors nowadays are more convenient because they have amplifiers built into their speaker cabinet. What makes studio monitors different from hi-fi speakers is the sound signature they are producing, the goal of getting a studio monitor is to get the best possible flat, reference sound, with accurate stereo imaging, because it is crucial for a producer to know the true sound of what they are making. Hifi speakers, on the other hand, are designed to color the sound they are getting from the music they put into, they will make good records better sounding and making bad records sounds better.
Studio monitors came in different variations in size, specifications, and price range. here are a couple of things you should know before buying your set of studio monitors.
Depending on the type of music you are working on, it is important to know how your studio monitors lay down information for you. For example, Electronic music producers might want to consider getting studio monitors with broader frequency range, because electronic music producers need that lower frequency information from their studio monitors to know how well their kicks and bass performs in the mix. Producers those focuses more on instrumentation without the need of lower frequency extension could use smaller sized studio monitors as they reflect enough information for them.
Larger monitors usually have broader frequency range because they pack bigger woofers to compensate more information, while smaller monitors usually have less frequency range because they lack low end information due to their smaller woofer size. it doesn’t mean that smaller monitors literally have no low end frequency. They do, but not as accurate as the bigger ones. to compensate lower frequencies on smaller monitors, an external subwoofer would help. You might ask why getting
You might ask why getting a pair of small monitors and a subwoofer when you can get a pair of larger monitors that doesn’t require a subwoofer? The answer will be all about room and table size. You won’t be able to put larger monitors if your room and table are small.
Studio headphones are designed to sound flat, just like studio monitors. The difference is they are right on your ears. For mobile producers, studio headphones are those to look for. you can throw them in your bag and take it anywhere, they are also constructed sturdy to survive heavy studio beatings. However, it’s also important to use non-studio headphones sometimes for referencing, but keep in mind that the purpose of using them is to know at least what your production sounds like in consumer grade headphones.
Having flat monitors will let you know if your production is there or not because studio monitors and headphones will give you the near perfect accuracy to how your production sounds like
Words by: Najmi Ismail
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