Have you ever wished that you have great studio monitors in a blink? Unfortunately, that’s never going to be the case. Because to make sure you really have the best, you need to make a test.
When you decided to buy studio monitors, there are a lot of hearsays to be heard. Hearsays like the great response width, amazing signal to noise ratio, good driver units, and excellent nominal output power as well as the magnet type. Well, what you hear can be right but such tittle-tattle will only be proven really right if you can experience it by yourself.
So, to test your speakers and know correctly how it sounds, we have compiled ten great songs that analysis the limits of your gears. Note: the following well-crafted tracks are written in any order. You can pick them one by one to let your ears highlight the strengths and vulnerabilities of each kind.
Babylon Sisters (Gaucho) by Steely Dan
This classic Jazz-Rock track exists in studio test suites across the music industry worldwide. Steely Dan’s songs most especially the Babylon Sisters are the true testaments of the band’s devotion to making ultimate studio recording. The song “Babylon sisters” is the great way to test the flat response of studio monitors.
Guns ‘N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle
The album Welcome to the Jungle is the pack of hard rock anthems that was originally released in 1987. Why does it work for the speaker test? It is simply combined with the occasional high-pitched to make sure your tweeters are doing the job they supposed to do and it ensures that you have your subwoofer power when the drums and guitars kicked in.
Caribbean Blue by Enya
In this song, Enya was quite involved in doing the percussion, keyboards, piano and the vocals of course. Her song Caribbean Blue creates a twirling, swirling and enveloping sound that lets you feel floating and lets you experience a worldly feel. If your song does not stir up your feelings then you are not using the right speakers.
Welcome to Jamrock by Damian Marley
If your key interest in choosing studio monitors is the bass response, you should have to consider this song. The Welcome to Jamrock song is tucked in well behind the cutting edge of digital production and it features highly on any demo playlist for great music production.
Yet Again (Shields) by Grizzly Bear
The Yet Again is one of the most aggressive songs of the Indie-Rock outfit Grizzly Bear that highlights the unique overlapping acoustic timbers. The song lets you find its own special place within the mix that helps a lot when it comes to plate reverb and other various frequency sections.
Hotel California (Live) by The Eagles
The live and enhanced version of Hotel California brings a whole new level of audio testing. The track is very much important to test the high and low levels of your equipment and it has been actually used by most professional sound engineers.
Baba O’ Riley by The Who
Baba O’ Riley song is a combination of heavily synthesized music and traditional music instruments. The song makes you dizzy from the very beginning which serves as a great way to test each studio monitors for high-fidelity.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
It took three weeks to record the song Bohemian Rhapsody. It has been split up into various different sections and it is possibly the most complex rock song ever created. There are actually over 180 separate overdubs in the song that should sound crisp and clear if you have really good speakers. Indeed, the song lets you check how well your left and right speakers are.
Paradise Circus (Heligoland) by Massive Attack
If you have a high interest of balance, this track has been one of the most successful test tools. The song delicately balances the crisp piano, the vocal highs, electronic bass, and orchestral instruments with a more climactic finish. This song can truly be a great tool for exposing the prominence of highs, mid-frequencies, and lows.
Time by Hans Zimmer
“Time” is a great combination of a wide range of dynamics and timbres that have been considered to be the listening choice of most music producers across the board as well as some film scoring enthusiasts.