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regarding monitors

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21 years 2 months
At the moment in my home project studio i'm using HiFi audio equipment for monitoring which I know is not the best choice but at least it's better than just headphones. I'm currently using a pair of Boston Acoustics CR85s and a Yamaha RX 595 Stereo Reciever. The reason I'm posting this is perhaps someone can help me with a little problem I'm having. When I mix down with these monitors I end up with what my ears think is a decent mix. But when played on something else it is almost constantly bass heavy. I have to keep reburning mixdowns and playing them on 4 or 5 different stereo setups to get a feel for what it will sound like almost anywhere, this is starting to get a little old because sometimes its not until the 8th or 9th mixdown until I find something that is even close to what I'm looking for. What should I do? Should I add a sub to my current setup hopefully gaining the ability to hear the boomy bottom end that I'm getting in the mix- downs or drop the whole thing and buy real monitors? I do know that these speakers are relatively accurate and I can get exactly what i'm looking for in the higher frequencies. I'm trying to keep the cost down because i'm making no money on this, it's just for fun. Thanks a lot.


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DaveRunyan Sat, 01/22/2005 - 08:38
No matter what speakers you use to monitor you will need to learn what they sound like and "remember" that when you mix. Adding a sub may make the bass better but will cause you to have other "odd" frequency range problems. No matter what speakers you use the room you are in is actually probably the bigger factor. I usually get a rough mix and burn it and listen to it in the living room, the car, the boom box and any place else I can to see how it will sound overall. Then I go ahead and do more mixing with that sound in mind. It is time consuming but nobody said this was easy.

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Pro Audio Guest Sun, 01/23/2005 - 21:26
speaker positioning

You may solve (or at least improve) your problem by repositioning your speakers. If your speakers are freestanding, in the middle of a room, away from walls, etc., you can increase the bass response by moving them back against a wall (2x bass response) or into corners (4x bass response).