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Discussion in 'Recording' started by SwurVe, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. SwurVe

    SwurVe Guest

    I have a quick question about mixing through speakers since I probably wont be getting studio monitors till christmas....

    Currently I have been mixing through:


    Yes I know go ahead and laugh...but actually I have learned to use those speakers and the sound that they give off to be able to actually create mixes that people have complimented....i know monitors are gonna be way better but at the moment I dont have any

    Now my question is....my parents are giving me their JVC HX-Z30

    I was wondering if I will be better off mixing through those JVC speakers then those monsoon ones....Also will I be able to run some sort of cord right from my digi 002 rack monitor output into the main of that JVC system or how would I do that....because right now I just run a cable from my monsoon speaker subwolfer into the HEADPHONE part of the digi 002 rack and have the sound go through their

    So to sum it up...Am I better off using the JVC speakers instead of the monsoon ones and how should i go about doing it....

    thank you very much
  2. SwurVe

    SwurVe Guest

    27 views and no one has any input lol
  3. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    what can one say

    use what you have and improve when you can
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA

    I can't stress how important monitors are to the chain though. Until about 4.5 years ago, I didn't have an ideal monitoring situation. Up to that point, I was using a Technics receiver and a pair of Boston Acoustic bookshelf speakers setting on the desk. I couldn't figure out why it was that my mixes never sounded *exactly* the way I wanted them to - afterall, they sounded fine, or even great, on this set up.

    It wasn't until I dropped a little cash on some KRK ST6s and a Hafler Amp (a VERY modest monitoring chain) that I started to notice immediate improvement in my mixes. I will say that this minor change made more improvement to my studio up to that point than any preamp or mic purchase - EVER.

    Now just imagine how happy I am with a well treated room and over $20 devoted to monitoring equipment.

    The funny thing is - the biggest difference that I found in my workflow with good monitoring was that:

    1. I usually set things up right to begin with, given the assistance of clean, accurate monitoring
    2. I found that I actually used to tweak stuff too much to get it to sound the way I wanted.

    Once my monitoring chain was good, I realized I didn't need stereo enhancers or BBE processors or EQ on every channel and so on.

    So, I know I didn't really answer your question, instead, I just tried to provide some insight into the monitoring chain in general.

    My advice is similar to Kev's (a brilliant guy, BTW) - stick with what you got for the moment and upgrade when you can. Moving from one system of compromise (the Monsoon) to another (the JVC) is not an upgrade though. Don't be tempted by flashy lights and so on.

    If you really need an inexpensive set of monitors that are good, there are several options available nowadays - it shouldn't be too hard to find.

  5. Reggie

    Reggie Distinguished Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    Wow, I didn't know you could get a decent boombox for $20. :wink:
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA

    I bet you didn't know just how low guitar center would go...

    I think I forgot to put a 'K' in there, didn't I??

  7. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    hey Jeremy I'll give you $40 for'em, double your investment!
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA

    And, I'll pay you for me to overnight them to you... :lol:

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