Figuring out how to set up studio monitor speakers is a matter of purchasing good near-field, or close-field, monitors and sizing up the space you will be using for a control room. Near-field monitors are essential for getting a proper mix of your recording because they represent the sound as it really is. They don't colour the sound the way stereo speakers tend to do. To find good speakers, look at Internet reviews and test out a pair by playing a well-mixed CD over them. Everything should sound good at high and low volume without any rattles or buzzes.
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Things you need
- Acoustic foam
- Speaker amplifier
- Speaker wires
- Speaker stands
Set the speakers near the longest wall if your room is a rectangle. Speaker stands are preferable to setting them on the console. Avoid placing them directly against the wall.
Cut down on standing waves by avoiding putting the speakers at exactly the halfway point between the floor and ceiling and the front and back wall.
Find the most comfortable listening spot to place your chair.
Connect the speakers to the amplifier with speaker wires then play music over the speakers to determine the best spot for placement.
Glue about a meter of acoustic foam or use a soundproof blanket or curtains on the side walls to get a sound-dampening effect and get better stereo imaging.
Put a square meter of acoustic foam or a soundproof blanket on the wall behind the speakers.
Add a square meter of acoustic foam directly above the console if you have a low ceiling.
Hang a curtain or carpet a few inches from the wall behind your chair or glue a square meter of acoustic foam to the wall to add a sound-dampening effect.
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