First, what are studio monitors? They are, according to Wikipedia, loudspeakers in speaker enclosures, designed for professional audio applications, like recording studios, filmmaking, television studios, radio studios, and project or home studios, where accurate audio reproduction is crucial.
The aim of studio monitors is to produce a consistently enjoyable listening experience, while revealing the truth about the sound of the recording or mix. Things you hear through the monitors must not only reveal the good sounds, but also the faults, making know what needs to be corrected.
Consumer speakers are often overhyped, meaning that the bass and/or the treble are highlighted for that punchier, brighter, in-your-face balance of tones.
When it comes to the placement of studio monitors, the highly debated topic among mixing engineers is what the correct mixing position is. Today, though, most mixing engineers have come to an agreement on what the ideal mixing position is.
The four points that mixing engineers recommend are:
- When mixing, your head should form an equilateral triangle with your monitors.
- Point the monitors towards your head
- The best angle for a stereo monitor is approximately 60 degrees
- And lastly, most engineers suggest that you work and mix at consistent levels of 83-85 dBspl.
Every recording studio needs a good pair of monitors, and most of these monitors have their placement position recommendations, and they also include adjustable low-end response that match the speakers to their placement, full-space for the free standing placement (which is highly preferred), the half-space, for the wall placement, and the quarter-space for the corner placement.
- Changing Position: Many monitors already have built-in filters so that the room can acoustically adapt the speakers. You should first leave them untouched and try to fix the problems in the process of transmission by changing the position.
- Studio Monitors Placed Too Close to the Wall: The monitors should be either less than 60 centimeters (if it is without a subwoofer) or more than 80 meters (if it is with a subwoofer) away from the wall. Anything in between leads to a restless frequency response.
- Boxes Placed in a Room Corner: Your paying attention to the left/right symmetry is highly important. You should stand in the middle of the room because this is the only way that you can obtain a uniform reflection of patterns. Mark the center of your room. Sit in the center if the room, and make sure that the speakers are far away from the walls as possible.