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Monitors for mixing/mastering

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!)


Cucco Fri, 11/02/2007 - 09:53
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.



Member Fri, 11/02/2007 - 10:57
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!

Member Fri, 11/02/2007 - 11:00
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.