chosing main monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by blueprint-studios, Aug 11, 2003.

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  1. Hi,

    I am currently designing a new control room and am now wondering if anyone could advise me on chosing our main monitors. I am looking for monitors that will be soffit mounted and they can cost between $3000 - $4000 each. The room is about 100 cubic metres large. Any suggetion splease?
  2. wwittman

    wwittman Active Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    There is nothing more PERSONAL than monitor choices.
    It really comes down to what works for YOU and what you like.
    But having said that, you do of course, realise that the major issue with control room sound is the control room itself, yes?
    Who is designing the control room, and the soffiting?
    The best speakers in th world will sound bad in a poorly designed soffit and room.

    I mean, I love Goerge Augspurger's monitors, but I love them in control rooms he has designed. Difficult to separate the two.
    If it were me, or I were asked, I would suggest you fly in George and have him consult on the control room design and monitoring.
  3. Thanks for your quick reply

    I am actually designing the control room myself, having read a lot of books on acoustics and listened to lots of advice from experts. I am also planning to have the final plan checked by a professional before i carry out the works. The room will have the lot, splayed walls, diffusers, absorbers, bass traps, hopefully all in the right place.

    I do realise that the choice of monitors is very personal and that the sound will depend very much on the room. Therefore would it make sense to wait with the purchase of monitors until the room is almost finished?

    The problem though is that with the soffitting i would need to know the size and specs of the speakers, so i would have to wait with building that particular part of the studio.

    At which point do you think it would be advisable to bring in an expert on monitors? And would you happen to know any good ones in the UK, because that's where the studio is based...
  4. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    The monitors really should be designed in from the start and it really should be done by a pro. This could make or break the whole project IMO.

  5. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    Why do you choose inwall monitors? is it because you have good experience with it? Or is it because you have been adviced to do so?

    I've choosen my free air monitor pair for my mastering studio because of better detail and natural sound than any other monitor I've heard(tannoy inwall, Gennelec free air and inwall).

    You can thoose what you like and want.
    In this case i wanted much greater detail + natural sound, and that came from a free air pair :)

    Henrik Ammitsboel
  6. emedley

    emedley Guest

    I would tend to agree here. I chose not to have what I like to call 'Party Speakers' in my control room. I never mix on the big - loud - soffit mounted speakers. almost everyone listening to music on the planet does not do it with this type of speaker system. Another advantage to choosing a good set of near fields or mid-fields is that you can decide, a year later, that you don't like the system and more easily change it out.

    I also, very much, agree with the sentiment of hiring a pro to come in and spec the room. I don't do my own brain surgery. Having a 2nd set of objective ears is way easier than spending a year figuring out how your room sounds.

    I'm speaking from experience. I just had my rather small control room redone by someone who knows their stuff. It did wonders.


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