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Monitor recommendations for mastering spoken word anyone?

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by StevenGurg, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. StevenGurg

    StevenGurg Guest

    I mainly do spoken word recordings and have reached the point of needing to upgrade my monitors. Last week I visited Sounds True in Boulder to discuss a project I am recording for them. In their control room I was impressed by both the room acoustics and the Genelec monitors as I listened/watched as they recorded another artist. It got me thinking about replacing the Event PS8 monitors that I have been using... it got me thinking that I need to replace these speakers. Any advice about monitors for spoken word work?
    Thank you, in advance, for all that reply.
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Distinguished Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    Whether it's spoken word, music or crickets chirping, I'd recommend "full size" full-range, non-nearfield loudspeakers in a decently tuned room.

    "On the cheap" - B&W 602.5's or 603's. Around $1,000 for a pair. Great sound, nice lows (slightly better on the 603's), floorstanding, but a small footprint (probably need to lift on blocks to ear level depending on the size of the room).

    Hook those up to a nice amp with lots of headroom and maybe a decent powered sub (I've seen Velodyne VX-10's for some ridiculously low prices UNDER $150 recently) and you've got a nice, full-range yet "real world" system that should give good translation once it's "absorbed" into your brain.

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