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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > May-18 > The 6 WAYS TO BUY STUDIO MONITORS


The studio monitor is your best friend, your most important tool, your honest collaborator that tells you like it is. They are the items you might spend the biggest part of your budget on, so you need to choose them with care and with these rules…

Studio monitors: who needs them? We all do. How much do good ones cost? A lot. The biggest part of your studio budget? Yes, probably. And they’re a bit dull, aren’t they? Yes, for the most part. But they’re important. Probably the most important part of your studio, in fact (acoustics aside).

Yes, the studio monitor is the key component in your signal chain, because what you put in – in terms of sounds, beats, recordings and vocals – is what you will hear through these bad boys. And hopefully, you will hear it in all its glory and in perfect, accurate detail. Your studio monitor is your honest, best friend, the kind of person that tells you straight that your music is badly mixed. But that is a good thing; if you know the problem, you can fix it. Bad studio monitors are like that sycophantic member of a diva or hip-hop producer’s crew. They’ll say everything sounds great, just to ensure their continued future in the studio. But the little bastards are lying…

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