Subs in the studio?

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by jm2, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. jm2

    jm2 Active Member

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    Do pro studios use subwoofers in their monitoring?

    If not, why not?
     
  2. AudioGeezer

    AudioGeezer Active Member

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    I do
     
  3. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Some do and some don't.

    Mostly a sub is only needed if you're doing surround stuff like 5.1 or 7.1, things like that.

    If you have good enough monitors with at least 10" woofers you can get a pretty good idea of how the bass is sounding.

    When you add a sub to a stereo monitor situation you run the risk of creating a boat load of nodal interference and mud in your room. A lot of acoustic testing and treatment and setup is required if you want to make your sub work for you in a positive way.

    That being said, a sub is good to have to reference against. Doing most of your mixing on stereo monitors then referencing on a system with a good sub always helps.

    The 135W RMS mono block which feeds the 12" in a custom ported enclosure in the boot of my car which is ported into the cabin is what I use. I'm a bass head, I love hyped phat huge bass but I wouldn't mix in my car because it would translate into crap anywhere else.

    Subs rule for enjoying, they can be a pain for critical listening.
     
  4. AwedOne

    AwedOne Guest

    Subs...pizza...fish sandwiches...

    I try to keep them all out of the studio. Things can get messy if there's too much bass on the sandwich :roll:

    Sorry, couldn't resist. :twisted:
     
  5. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

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    I'm not running a pro studio by any means, but I do have a sub running w/ my main nearfield monitors (I have another pair for reference).

    The only time I turn it on is when a client "needs" to hear more bass - or to check the bottom end on a song that calls for more of a dance feel.

    Basically, almost never.
    And I still have issues w/ too much bass on the sandwich.
     
  6. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

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    make mine ham please!
     

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