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These are very common questions for first-time home studio users, and Yamaha and Performer Magazine have teamed up to help guide you towards setting up and choosing the best studio monitors for your home recording needs. Welcome to the fourth and final installment in our series aimed at providing real-world advice for setting up your first home recording studio. Unlike consumer hi-fi speakers, which often color the sound to make for a more pleasant listening experience, Studio Monitors typically offer a FLAT frequency response, which ensures that your mix will sound great on virtually any system.
For years, the go-to for home recording studios and commercial studios alike have been Yamahas. Our recommendation is not to skimp in this area — hearing your mix through pro-level monitors will be crucial when it comes to crafting the right sound for your project.
These features can make the difference when it comes to producing your project the right way. Why does this matter? So, an 8-inch woofer, like those packed into our HS8 monitors, will be able to reproduce deeper bass down to 38Hz than a smaller 5-inch model in the range the HS5, which can reproduce sound accurately only down to 54Hz. If you absolute cannot afford, nor have the desk space for, larger studio monitors, you may wish to add a subwoofer down the line to help handle some of the lower frequencies based upon your cutoff point.
Powered speakers are much more common in the home studio realm, and typically will not only come with their own clean power amplifier built into the system, but also some additional controls that passive speakers simply cannot or do not offer. One of the benefits to a high-quality amp is that it will deliver consistently flat responses across the spectrum. The HS Series is built using a dense and resilient MDF material, which is perfect for reference-quality playback due to its inherent ability to dampen acoustic response.
Bottom line, the enclosure can be responsible for eliminating or at least helping to reduce acoustic issues, rattling, and problem-child resonances that lower-quality monitors may suffer from. And lastly, look for extra sound-shaping capabilities and other adjustments that will help tailor your monitors to your specific acoustic space.
You want the most accurate reproduction possible, so these high-end features can make all the difference in a home production. Symmetry is important. Try to keep some space between speakers and walls. Direct sound, following a straight path from speaker to ear, mixes in undesirable ways with reflections from nearby surfaces such as walls, tables, and mixing consoles.
The reflected path, from speaker to wall to ear, is longer than the direct path, resulting in a copy of the sound arriving just after the original. Sound is comprised of alternating higher and lower pressure, or in electronic transmission, positive and negative voltage. When a delayed al combines with the original, one may be cycling positive, and the other, negative. These energies work against each other, reducing level at certain frequencies destructive interference. Both als being in a positive cycle in reinforcement at some frequencies constructive interference.
Neither case is welcome because it changes the frequency response of the sound from your speakers. The easiest way to determine placement of treatments to absorb early reflections is to grab a mirror and enlist the help of a friend. While you sit at the listening position, your friend places the mirror flat on the wall, moving it until you can see a speaker.
C treatments there. Sound and light travel in waves and reflect in similar ways angle of incidence equals angle of reflection , so the mirror shows the first reflection paths from your speakers to your listening position. Ceilings, floors, and consoles also can be a source of unwanted reflections. Standing waves are a particular case of constructive and destructive interference between parallel walls causing certain frequencies to either ring or all but disappear at specific locations anti-nodes and nodes.
The poor bass response in un-trapped rooms contributes to many home studio mixes having problems in the low end. The missing bass is caused by sound bouncing between two walls, with the low pressure in one direction combining with the high pressure in the other, thereby cancelling each other out.
The thicker the panel, the better the low-frequency absorption. Leaving a small space between panel and wall also improves low frequency performance. We hope this installment has helped guide you on your way to setting up studio monitors for optimal recording and mixing in your home studio. Keep in mind that this series is aimed primarily at the beginner home studio user in an effort to dispel common myths about home recording, and to make the entire process much less intimidating than it might seem at first.
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