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1O TIPS for better monitoring… (while keeping your hearing and sanity)

You might have the best monitors in the world, but if you don’t set them up, place them, or use them correctly, you might just as well try using a couple of Coke cans tied to a piece of string. Here’s our advice for getting the best from your studio speakers…

1 Get good monitors

We’ll start with the obvious: get a pair of fantastic studio monitors, as good as you can afford. Use our monitor Buyer’s Guide at www.musictech.net to choose, but essentially, what you’re looking our for is a flat frequency response, since that means accuracy. If what you are hearing is accurate, then what you mix will accurately translate to your listener’s systems. If your monitors are lying to you – giving you too much bass, for example – you’ll pull back on the bass when mixing with them and that will mean your mixes will sound weedy on other setups. So make sure your monitors are telling you the truth!

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About MusicTech

Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…