Monitors for mixing/mastering

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by AllInRuins, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    I have not been using proper monitors for mixing and master I have been using creative gaming speakers. I feel that if I buy a pair of nice studio monitors made for mixing I wil get better results in my efforts. Can anyone recommend some monitors to check out? I would ideally like to spend no more than $150, unless I am just wasting my money. Id rather pay more for the best possible results (within reason, $400 for monitors I would never do!)
  2. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    You need more than that.

    Are you serious about this music engineering thing?
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Monitors for mastering.....

    I would start at the $12,000 a pair price point (B&W 802D comes to mind).

    Monitors for mixing.....

    I would start at $400 a pair at a minimum (KRKs perhaps...maybe some M-Audios).

    If you're not willing to spend the money on monitors, don't expect to get good results.

    Additionally, room acoustics MUST be considered. Even if you had a $20K pair of monitors, if you have a room which is not correct, the monitors are useless.


  4. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    Okay so $400 for a pair of decent mixing monitors... is the difference they will make $400 worth?

    I know there are other variables involved but would you say that monitors are critical to the mixing process?
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Trustworthy monitors and a good acoustic space are THE single most important aspects of mixing!

    My favorite "cheap" pair of monitors is the NHT Pro M-00s (pronounced "Moo")

    Also, KRK ST6s with a good power amp is good too.
  6. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    Okay! So you have convinced me.

    I have a feeling the best place for me to mix might be my bedroom or maybe my kitchen or living room. Ill take photos of all three rooms and post them if you would be able to tell from the photos if they would be acceptable to mix in.

    If you dont mind, take a look at the song I posted in the critique section. I am guessing that you are experienced in this field. I mixed them on shitty speakers not made for mixing =) They have a bunch of added low end and enhanced Eq tweaks to make the game sounds thrilling!
  7. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    Okay I am looking at the KRK you mentioned at musicians friend. They are passive? Whats the difference between passive and active?

    Is this what I would need to make the monitors work?

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    If I can get the speakers for $200 and then this and have a pretty decent monitoring system then that would be excellent.
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Passive means it has no amplifier built in and would thus need an external amplifier (the one you linked to is a fine piece, especially for the price). However, I wouldn't put it in the same space that you are in. The fan makes noise and will definitely be noticable.
  9. AllInRuins

    AllInRuins Guest

    ok thanks =)
  10. jenifer

    jenifer Guest

    Tascam Vl-s21 under a 100

    seriously ..the two most important steps to insure good recording are in the beginning and end of your project .. good mics to begin with and good speakers to hear the results.
  11. jenifer

    jenifer Guest

    Tascam Vl-s21 under a 100

    but if you must only spent 100 look into the TascamVL-S21 Youi will find them at Sweetwaters for under a 100 clams or get a good set of headphones
  12. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    If the intent is for you to stay in the $150 price range area I would strongly consider buyin a pair of Tannoy PBM's used on ebay and getting one of those super clean Samson 60 watt power amps with 0.003 THD.

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