Using two different monitors ?

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by William Boulanger, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. William Boulanger

    William Boulanger Active Member

    I recently bought a second-hand KRK Rokit 5 g2 and a Yorkville YSM2p. Overall, they sound really good but allso a bit different. Is there anything I can do to make two different monitors sound ""the same"" or better than they are right now.
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    before you buy anything else, your monitors HAVE TO BE MATCHED. and that's all i have to say about that .........
  4. Chris Perra

    Chris Perra Active Member

    If you are using 2 different speakers as 1 set. No.. those are very different speakers..
  5. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    Or if you mix mono, you have a/b reference already...
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  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    nice one.
  7. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    Welcome to RO William,

    The way I initially read your post was that you had two sets of monitors that you want to sound the same, but after reading Kurts' post I went back and read your initial post again...So you have 2 different monitors to make up one of each make and model...

    Yes ?.....

    -How do you make them sound the same ???....

    - My advice would be to list them on Ebay then put the money you make from them and a few extra dollars into buying a new set that are a matching pair

    Then they should sound the same.;)
  8. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I'm just guessing here but I have a feeling the OP isn't really where Kurt interpreted this (where the L/R speaker are not matched?)
    I have a feeling the OP may be talking more about how he can get A and B volume balanced and close enough so he can use them both to work with better?
    Which is what a Monitor Control System is all about, and much more. But, I could be wrong. We have to admit, the post is a bit odd for our forum.

    OP, where are you?
  9. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    The suspense is killing me
  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I know LOL!!
  11. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Are you saying that you bought one of each and are using them as a pair? Or did you buy two pairs of the models you mentioned?
  12. William Boulanger

    William Boulanger Active Member

    Just to specify, I'm talking about using two monitor which are different ones to make 1 pair, not two pairs.


    "Sorry if my english is not perfect, I'm french."
  13. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

    For mixing your going to need a pair of something William, sorry. Your speakers could be useful together if you just need some speakers to play for a musicians while he's overdubbing, instead of headphones.

    Other than that there's unfortunately not a whole lot that can be done. Maybe you could sell them individually on a classified add, and use the money to get a pair? There's got to be someone who would need a single speaker either for parts or for a surround channel.

    Those two speakers you have are decent you should be able to fetch enough money from them to get a nice little pair of new speakers.
  14. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

  15. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    your English is fine. Good Luck
  16. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Fixed. LOL....

    What Kyle is saying is that you need a pair of matched monitors - as in duplicates, but also "mirrors" to each other.

    Using two separate speakers is begging for trouble, as they'll have different response curves, and if the tweets and speakers aren't mirrors of each other - (I'm saying you shouldn't use 2 left speakers ( or rights) of the same model, either ) you'll open yourself up to odd phasing. Add into this recipe an untreated mix space, and you're gonna end up snatching yourself bald out of frustration.


  17. William Boulanger

    William Boulanger Active Member

    Thankyou for your help!
    For now, I'm going to mix wwith two different monitors, because I don't have money to buy new ones.

    Anyway, if i buy a second KRK Rokit 5 g2, is this correct.
  18. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    I think you may have a hard time getting tracks to sit correctly in your mix, especially if you are panning things L/R in your mix with mismatched monitors.

    But hey, each to their can only work with what you have if you can't afford to buy a matched pair or another one the same.
  19. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    William - some tips for using a pair of unmatched monitors:

    (1) start by normalising the speaker sensitivities so a mono track sits firmly in the middle, not off to one side.

    (2 Make frequent use of the mono button during your mixing.

    (3) Test every trial mix by swapping the speakers - do this by physically moving the cabinets so the L and R channels remain in their correct places. Exchange any L and R gain adjustments you had to make to set different levels in step (1)

    This may sound a lot of work, but it will save you time in the long run and help to avoid bad reviews of your mixes. It may also provide a continual incentive to get a matched pair of speakers.
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