spectral analysis vs reference monitors

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by jonathantu, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. jonathantu

    jonathantu Guest

    I use Cubase SE for my home recording on a G4 iBook, and do not have any good reference system beyond a set of headphones. My question is whether I can use a spectral analyzer to produce a spectral profiile visually representing "good" sound without actually having a good reference system. I understand there would be limitations with this approach, but I wonder what the graph of such a spectrum would look like?
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    That's like asking "I am blind. Can I drive a car using only my ears?" Of course you can't ..

    The very first thing you need in order to do good audio is a good refernce monitor system in a good listening enviornment .. there is no substitute.
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    What Kurt said is very true... the analyzer does not tell the whole story. You can have two mixes with spectra that look identical, but they will likely sound very different.
  4. kinetic

    kinetic Guest

    I agree with the responses so far, but they don't help you much.

    Try this:


    I believe they are working on a Mac version now
  5. cane-cutter

    cane-cutter Guest

    try this

    good studio monitors and a RTA and some knowledge of music and you see what will work 4 u
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