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    HISTORY OF THE STUDIO MONITOR

    Mixing a recording session is all about using your ears, so it’s important to invest in a quality pair of studio monitors for pristine playback. The wrong set of monitors could result in an engineer or producer missing certain nuances in the recording, which in turn could hurt the final mix.

    The practice of using studio monitors has been around since the 1920s during the early era of the recording industry. At the time, these monitors were primarily used for monitoring technical issues since sessions were done in one take. Then, in the 1940s, tape recording was introduced and new monitoring solutions had to be adopted. In 1944, audio company Altec Lansing introduced the Duplex 604 which was designed by James Bullough Lansing (who would later create JBL). The Duplex 604 set a new standard for studio monitors, and mixing engineers have depended on quality monitoring solutions ever since.

    CABINETS, WOOFERS & TWEETERS

    Studio monitors are typically comprised of three main components: a cabinet, a woofer and a tweeter.

    A cabinet, which houses the speakers and electronics, can be made from various materials. Entry level studio monitors might be made from composite material or plastic, while higher end models will typically be made of wood and, in rare cases, metal. Most cabinets will also feature ports that can be found on either the front or back of a cabinet.

    Woofers are the primary speakers (aka drivers) of a studio monitor. They are cone shaped speakers that produce low and mid frequencies in a two speaker (2-way) monitor, the range of which can be affected by its size. Cone materials for woofers can vary brand to brand and model to model. The most common material for the cone of a woofer is paper, but you will find higher end monitors using materials such as polypropylene, metal and kevlar. Some brands have even used their woofers to stand out in the crowd. KRK studio monitors, for example, are known for their bright yellow woofers.

    For high frequencies, studio monitors will utilize a tweeter. Tweeters will be either cone- or dome-shaped and are typically located above the woofer. Like woofers, tweeters can be made from various material, and most brands have incorporated ribbon tweeters into their product lines as well.

    Though these are the components of your basic two-way studio monitor, there are some exceptions to the rule. The Avantone Pro MixCube, for example, is a nearfield studio monitor that doesn’t have a port or tweeter. There are also 3-way studio monitors that incorporate a third speaker so you have a dedicated woofer for your mid-range frequencies. And let’s not forget the dual-woofer monitors on the market.

    ACTIVE OR PASSIVE?

    When it comes to speakers there is always a conversation about whether to choose active or passive. In the world of studio monitors active monitors are the more common choice. Also known as powered, active studio monitors offer flexibility that you just can’t find with a passive studio monitor. Most active studio monitors will offer EQ controls to help make up for any acoustic disparity in your workspace. At a time when hit records are being recorded in bedrooms, this is seen as a huge plus.

    Passive, or unpowered, studio monitors are rare to see these days, but they certainly serve their purpose. The downside to a passive studio monitor is that the power amplifier is not built in, making it somewhat of a hindrance. But because there are no internal components to influence the sound produced, passive studio monitors ensure whoever is mixing that they are hearing the cleanest playback of their mix.

    SUBWOOFERS, STUDIO CONTROLLERS & ACCESORIES

    One pair of studio monitors is certainly enough to get you started, but eventually you might want to expand. If you’ve ever seen a professional recording studio, you know they have way more in their control rooms than one pair of studio monitors. If you want the absolute best mix, you’re going to need the absolute best setup.

    Final mix sounding a little thin? You might want to consider investing in a studio subwoofer. This will allow you to really hear how those lows are coming through. While you can certainly get an idea of the low end from a couple of two-way studio monitors, nothing beats a dedicated sub. Buying new monitors to replace your old ones? Keep the old pair and get a studio controller too! A studio controller acts as a hub in the studio, and lets you plug in multiple speakers, headphones, and input sources so you can control everything from one spot. And even the best pair of studio monitors could benefit from a lift. The best way to avoid unwanted resonance from your studio monitors is to invest in some studio monitor stands. If you've got the space, desktop stands will do just fine. Otherwise, keep four on the floor with some heavy duty full size stands.

    If you need help finding just the right gear, give us a call at 1-800-472-6274, where real musicians are standing by with the musical knowledge and expertise to help you satisfy all your musical needs!