The basic goal of a studio monitor is to ensure that there is no problem in audio productions. This simple goal is not met in most of the instances, hence the need to go through the necessary parameters to be considered in order to properly set up a studio monitor.
There are diverse studio monitors in the huge electronic market. The challenge comes in the manner such excellent appliances are setup. I will be highlighting some of the pitfalls to be avoided.
1. AVOID THE HYPE
Most speakers sold as studio monitors come with the luxury of a neutral balance capable of providing the reference for decision making. Some people crank the bass and treble adjustments provided at the back of the powered speakers. These controls are to be used subtly. The purpose of a monitor is to reveal the truth about the sound of the mix. Do not hype.
2. AVOID THE WALLS
The size of the speaker notwithstanding, whenever it is placed close to the wall against a wall, it delivers a strong bass response. These leads to production of uneven frequency balance. Place your monitor at a distance of at least a foot or two from the nearest room boundary.
To get the desired results, then there must be symmetry between the speakers. If speaker A is four feet to the wall, then for proper balance that will produce the desired mix, speaker B should maintain the same distance as A(four feet as in this reference ). Avoid asymmetry.
4. POOR ANGLES
The stereo panning decision can be messed up if the speakers are too close to each other or if they are too far apart from each other. Ideal angle for stereo monitors is 60 degrees between speakers or 30 degrees between speakers and the sweet spot. Avoid poor angles.
5. AVOID REFLECTIONS
You may not be able to avoid all reflections, there is a great chance that it can be minimized if properly managed. Avoid placing reflective elements at ear/speaker height in-between speaker and listener. Position speaker and tweeters at the level of the listeners ears, then you may avoid a lot of
6. EXCESSIVE LEVELS MUST BE AVOIDED
Working/mixing levels should be at a consistent average levels of around 83-85 dB spl. This can be measured with an SPL –Meter apps for your smartphone. Occasionally check the mix at both higher and lower SPL to find an overall balance that works well at all monitoring levels.
7. TOO MUCH SUB
If the need arises for the use of a subwoofer, then l strongly advise that you use an SPL meter and test signals to match up with the corresponding frequency. I will strongly advise that the use of subwoofers should not be abused.
The above pitfalls should be avoided. It has been written in simple lay man’s language for easy grasp. These suggestions will hopefully prove useful for those seeking to get the best result from studio monitors.