I've been making progressive House music for about 1 1/2 years now, and recently got some of my songs signed to some pretty good labels, which is bringing me one step closer to my dream to become a professional DJ/Producer.
Until now I've been mixing/composing everything on headphones and the KRK vxt 4's. But to really compete up there with the "big guys" I discovered that it's really necessary to hear/feel the bass to it's fullest and deepest if you really want to make it perfect for the clubs.
So my question would be, is it better to stick to my vxt 4s and buy an additional subwoofer, or should I buy vxt6 or vxt8 without a subwoofer ? My room is pretty small (about 2,4m*2,4m i think) and not very high (about 2,1m) and acoustically not the 100% perfect room, but I can't change that at the moment.
How exactly do you set up a pair of speakers and a sub (if I should stick with the vxt4) ? Are there some advantages/disadvantages regarding sub+speakers and speakers which go very low ?
Since I just graduated high school, prices aren't that important, cause the speakers would be my presents for graduating (as long as it doesn't cost a fortune of course haha), and I'm happy if you have any other suggestions for me (although I'd really like to stick to one of the KRKs, cause i just love the sound of the vxt4s). As for audio interface I have a NI Komplete Audio 6.
Thanks for any suggestions
In your situation, I would get a KRK 10S subwoofer. Run the L and R outputs from your audio interface into the sub and take the high-pass filtered outputs from the sub into your VXT4s. Use a latching footpedal (the type used to switch channels on a guitar amp) to kick the sub in and out. Use the pedal frequently throughout a track that you think may be a good mix candidate. You should be aiming for mixes that do not require a sub to sound good, but that sound even better when you do have it.
However, even if you mix for a the bass that you think you need, don't forget the apparent bass in your untreated mixing room may be very different from that heard in a club. Check in over at the Studio Construction and Acoustics forum for more advice on what you could do to your room to level up the bass performance.
You could use headphones to concentrate on particular tracks to set up things like reverb, but don't use headphones for the mix phase.