November 21, 2013
It seems like every major pro audio manufacturer has a studio monitor within their product catalog, so how are you supposed to know which ones are the best? If you are mixing and making music professionally or even doing it for fun, then you really want the flattest response possible. It seems that more and more consumers want to get the studio monitor that’s going to have the best response for mixing down a final piece of content, whether that be your pet project or your professional work. With all of these options out there and everyone claiming to have the best on the market, how do we decide which ones to get?
One contender that debuted earlier this year was the Presonus Sceptre S6 Studio Reference Monitors. When I initially saw them on the NAMM show floor I was a little skeptical of the design until I read more …
June 18, 2013
The way songs are produced these days make it nearly impossible to decompose a track to its basic elements. Take a producer like Flying Lotus who uses a mix of samples, instruments, and digital instruments. It would be difficult to extract piece of information from one of his songs – since none of the instruments used are commonly found. What about classic music that is composed digitally? Do composers try to create songs that are difficult to decompose? I think that many of them would prefer not to sound so digital that they music cannot be replicated by an orchestra. I think that if they had the means, they would rather use an orchestra than a computer.
For the modern composer who is trying to create symphonic pieces of music, their goal is to not stray too far from the types of sound that a real orchestra can produce. Such …
June 16, 2013
There is definitely a trend that DJs and producer follow when looking for new gear and equipment. On one hand they want to be unique and gather their own gear – but they don’t want to run the risk of buying something they won’t like. They are stuck in between their own curiosity and the tried and true gear that most DJs use. There is little variance in this process and that gap between desired and usable gear becomes smaller the larger the selection there is. Think about the hundreds of MIDI controllers that DJs use, yet items like the Novation Launchpad and Novation Dicers get the brunt of the attention.
With speaker and monitors there tends to be two sides to the story. They want quality speakers, and they put the monitor in high regard – yet some of these monitors do too much of a good thing. That …
May 9, 2013
Finding a studio monitor setup is relatively easy once you know what you are looking for. In this instance, it will depend more on your price range and your spending limit than anything else, since most monitors come at around the same size, and most can be lifted into place with one person and two hands. The reason cost is the biggest divisive issue here is that the costs between two pair can differ widely. A similar looking set to one that costs only two hundred dollars, could easily cost two thousand.
PA speakers need to be looked at with a different approach, since the size of them is only a small factor in the grand scheme of it all. Size will dictate how large of an audience these can play for, and the price of such a setup will typically fall right into line with the price. The issue …
November 12, 2012
We sat down with mix engineer Miles Walker at Parhelion Studios and we talked about everything from how he mixes tracks to the gear he uses in his studio. If you are not familiar with Miles, check out our interview with him.
In this video Miles goes over the reasons he uses the Yamaha NS10 studio monitors. For Miles, as well as most people that do studio production, its all about how well you know your monitors and how comfortable you feel when mixing. When using passive monitors like the NS10s, its often difficult to find a quality amplifier that can power passive monitors and many companies have abandoned passive studio monitor systems and replaced them with active studio monitors. The Yamaha HS80 studio monitors are a great example of an active studio monitor that works great for production.
What studio monitors are the best for your production? Which studio …