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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MONITORS

Welcome to the MusicTech Beginner’s Guide. This time around, we’re going to look at the most important items in your studio setup, the ones that you listen to the results of your production endeavours on: your monitors

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Now we get to the important bit. Yes, really. We can’t emphasise too much how important your studio monitors (call them speakers if you like) are. We started this series looking at the inside of your production computer – the DAW and virtual instruments – and then we looked at the interface for your software to speak to the outside world with. Last time, we looked at the start of the audio signal chain and what you use to record stuff into your computer: the humble microphone. This time, it’s the other end of that chain, where the results of your work come together. The studio monitor is that end point and it’s the most important part. Why so?

Well, consider this: you’ve bought the greatest microphone in the world; the finest interface; you’ve spent shedloads of cash getting your computer up to speed and filling it with great software and you’ve combined it all to make the best tune anyone will have ever heard. Now you need to hear it properly through decent monitors to mix it for release and for that, accuracy is the key. Let us explain why.

Rewinding a little, most consumer-grade (as in cheap) speakers for hi-fi and we mean the kinds that come bundled with CD/MP3/radio systems – sound good because they are ‘coloured’. The bass or the treble might be emphasised – nudged up a bit, to make the speakers sound bigger than they are.

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We’re very excited to reveal our new-look issue, which is on sale from Thursday 19th October, and we’ve gone the extra mile to give you something really special. Building up the courage to share your tracks over the internet is one thing, but performing them live is something else entirely. That’s where our cover feature, From Studio To Stage comes in. With 7-pages of expert advice from Matin Delaney you’ll be gig-ready in no time. Elsewhere in the mag we chat with Emre Ramazanoglu, who’s body of work includes several 2017 movie soundtracks as well as some of the biggest pop releases in recent years. Additionally we present our 10 tips to speed up your computer (without buying a new one), a retrospective on the Roland SH-101 and 6 reasons to buy more gear (as if you needed any). This and so much more in the new-look issue of MusicTech magazine.
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