M-Audio AV40's

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by Carlson, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. Carlson

    Carlson Active Member

    Mar 16, 2011
    I'd like to take this time to introduce myself first, or rather explain my background. For those of you who wish to skip this crap, just skip this. I'll put a line break for ya :)

    Like most audio production enthusiast, I started out in music as a child learning an instrument (guitar for me) and progressing from there. It wasn't until about 99/2000 that I got into recording and using DAWs. Since then I have been building my techniques and knowledge on the subject, but am still fairly green to the field. I have plenty of experience, and am no noob to the way things work, but I still have a lot to learn.

    I'm currently enrolled in a training/apprenticeship program called The Recording Connection. This course is unlike most college audio production courses whereas instead of learning in a classroom, I learn in a real professional studio with real professionals. I've learned quite a bit from my brief exposure to the field and am becoming more and more disappointed with my previous techniques in the way I handle mixing, recording, etc.

    This post is more for a sense of reassuring for myself than a simple "are these monitors good?" thread. Before I get into this post, please keep in mind that I am on the par of a "starving artist" when it comes to financial status..


    So like I said, I'm currently enrolled in a training course for audio engineering. My studio set up at home is real low-tek, with my computer being the most expensive thing I own. I do use Logic and Pro Tools, which are expensive too, but enough about that.

    Basically, I'm doing things on a budget. I picked up a pair of M-Audio AV40s from GC today and immediately took them to the studio I train at to test them out with my chief engineer Michael Vail Blum and his assistant Julias. After reading the reviews for these monitors and discussing the pros/cons of active monitors vs passive monitors, we decided that the AV40s would be fine for simple mixing at home, as I can always bring my mixes into the studio to polish them once I get a decent mixed worked out.

    My question, or reason for posting is, does anyone have experience with these monitors? I heard from many people that they aren't the best for mixing, sound shitty, are a "waste of money", etc. But coming from my standpoint and position with finances and such, are these really that bad to work with? I'm sure I'll get a lot of the same from the seasoned engineers/mixers here, but basically what I'm asking is if these monitors are a good start set for someone getting into the game?

    Total cost was $160. Yeah, very cheap. But honestly, they don't sound bad. They are a little bright, and apparently they are heavy on the mid-range. So I was also wondering if I could get some tips on "learning speakers". How would I be able to adjust my sound for the monitors I have, so as to make my mixes still sound presentable/good on other systems, knowing that these will probably make me mix material specifically to sound good on them?

    A link to M-Audio's website about these monitors:

    Wow I rambled way too much, sorry.

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