Studio Monitoring Equipment

Studio monitoring equipment consist of a set of loudspeakers specially designed for audio production applications like film making, recording studios, radio studios and television studios. They are essential where clear audio reproduction is critical. The term monitor in itself implies that the loudspeaker is intended to yield relatively frequency responses and linear phase. Studio monitoring equipment ensures minimal emphasis on unnecessary frequencies. In return, they give an exact reproduction of the tonal qualities of the source audio. Additionally, they ensure no virtual phase shift of specific frequencies. Apart from the stereo sound stage requirements, a linear phase response enables impulse response to remain true to source without experiencing "smearing". Studio monitoring equipment can be obtained at control4.

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Setting Studio Monitoring Equipment

Studio monitors are designed to be more robust and reliable than conventional home hi-fi loudspeakers, which are essential in reproducing compressed recordings for commercial purposes. Studio monitors have to cope with sudden sound bursts and great volumes that may occur in the studio. It is not an easy process to set up a recording studio with the right equipment. Despite having the right equipment, quality studio monitoring equipment obtained from Control4 will change your recording process from being rather amateurish to professional. One important part of the recording process is listening to your recordings. Various studios listen back via monitor speakers. In all, different types of monitors obtainable at Control4 serve a range of purposes. In which case, it is essential to understand their distinct features to ensure make sure that your studio is set up appropriately.

Types of Monitors

Passive Monitors

Also known as unpowered monitor speakers, passive monitors depend on power amp to obtain power. Several studios own power amps so buying unpowered monitors will be a cost-effective measure for a studio to explore. Unfortunately, there are a few challenges like setting up the power amp and monitor which requires more cables and also time of which can at times be cluttering and confusing. Another challenge is cooling. Several power amps are required to have empty air both in front and back so as to ensure adequate air flow reaches the power amp in order to keep it cool. Failure to doing so may result to damage of the power amp and monitor speakers.

Active Monitors

Also referred to as powered monitors, active monitors are valuable resources in the studio since having them ensures that you don't have to worry about cables, power amps or cooling issues. One disadvantage of active monitors is that they are quite costly.

Generally, in matters concerning technology, some gray area emerges when it has to involve weighing the pros and cons of spending money on an equipment, or negotiating on something cheaper. Most recording studios tend to prefer working around their budget choosing between powered and unpowered monitor speakers. Choosing expensive monitors allows faster mixing and mastering sessions since the monitors are more accurate. Having a smaller budget will need less expensive monitors. In any case, they are less accurate in supplying separation between high, middle and low frequencies.