When you are choosing the right studio monitor system, it is important to choose gear that aligns with your goal(s). For example, a tri-amp configuration and higher wattage will allow you more dynamic range. However, you can still achieve quality sound/mixing through single-amp and lower wattage without breaking the bank. We look forward to walking through your goals together and discussing the studio monitor system that aligns with your vision. Until then, read more on considering your configuration, wattage, and choice of subwoofer.

Consider The Configuration

There are three types of input signal configurations for studio monitors: Tri-amp, bi-amp, and single-amp. Tri-amp and bi-amp both create a sound that is more accurate due to the frequency response. This is because each speaker is individually powered. The increase in frequency range through individual power results in a clear and defined sound.

A third option for signal configuration is single amp, which is a common choice. It splits the output of an amplifier and then send frequencies to each speaker. Typically, there are two speakers, a woofer for frequencies in the mid-range and tweeter for higher frequencies. Differently, bi-amp and tri-amp requires two or three amplifiers as opposed to one. The drivers allow for high and low frequencies through the amplifiers.

Consider The Wattage

The larger the wattage is for your studio monitoring system will allow for more accurate editing. Details such as gates, compressors, and limiters can be heard more precisely. This is due to the headroom that a higher wattage allows. Headroom is ultimately the overall dynamic range.

Having a larger dynamic range will benefit music that involves music peaks. If the studio monitoring system does not have enough wattage, then music peaks risk being clipped and/or distorted. Choosing the right amount of wattage ensures that sounds, such as the snare and bass kick, are not being clipped.

Consider The Subwoofer

Your choice in subwoofer is largely affected by your needs. For example, a subwoofer with a multi-speaker monitoring system is required for film and TV mixing. In the realm of music, is important to ask yourself how listeners will be hearing the final product. If the music will be played through a larger system or room, like a concert, a subwoofer will be wanted to capture the bass. If this is the case for you, make sure the studio room is not too small for the subwoofer. If the room is too small, then there will be discrepancies in the bass. Consider utilizing bass traps and using a larger sized studio room. However, if the goal is to mix music played in a vehicle or through earbud, it will not require the range a subwoofer provides.

We look forward to giving you confidence in your studio system, including the correct configuration, wattage, and subwoofer. Contact us for a stress-free process. While we take care of the technicalities for you, you can enjoy extra time while your vision come to fruition.