To edit your sound for video and film projects, you’ll need some speakers to play back that sound. You could just use whatever speakers for headphones or earbuds you happen to have kicking around, but its really difficult to get a consistent sound with these.
So what do you do when you’re ready to take your sound to the next level? You may want to look at reference monitors. These are speakers which are specially designed to play back your recorded sound as accurately as possible. This will help you find and fix any problems with your sound.
In this episode, we have a look at 5 different reference monitors (below) and talk through which of them might suit you best, especially if like me, you’re editing in a small spare bedroom at your home.
Room EQ Wizard: http://www.roomeqwizard.com
How to use Room EQ Wizard (Courtesy of GIK Acoustics): https://youtu.be/e4uSR3cUUSY
Also, special thanks go out to B&H Photo/Video for lending us the monitors for evaluation: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Professional-Audio/ci/12154/N/4294550705/BI/19904/KBID/12941/DFF/d10-v1-t8-x1-y2
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Gear mentioned in or used to record this episode:
Focal CMS 40 Monitor (4” woofer – this was my pick for sound editing in small rooms)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687629-REG/Focal_Professional_FOPRO_CMS40_CMS_40_4_Active.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/FOCMS40/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xFOCMS40
Focal Alpha 80 Monitor (8” woofer – this was the most exciting monitor and would work great in larger rooms
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1039079-REG/focal_fopro_a80_alpha_80_2_way_active_monitor.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/FOALPHA80/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xFOALPHA80
KRK Rokit Powered 8 Monitor (I’ve had a set of these for 6 years and they’ve served me well. They’re quite good in rooms with bass traps)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1000522-REG/krk_rp8g3_na_8_studio.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/KRRP8G3NA/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xKRRP8G3NA
JBL LSR308 (8” woofers. They’re quite good in rooms with bass traps, but do have rear facing ports – best for larger rooms)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/998215-REG/jbl_lsr308_sr308_8_2_way_powered.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/JBLSR308/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xJBLSR308
Yamaha HS8 (Very popular monitors in the music production world. 8” woofers. They’re quite good in rooms with bass traps, but do have rear facing ports – best for larger rooms)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/964752-REG/yamaha_hs8_8_2_way_bi_amplified.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/YAHS8/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xYAHS8
Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Reference Headphones (open back)
Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 Audio Interface
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/654237-REG/Focusrite_SAFFIRE_PRO_24_Saffire_PRO_24.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/FOSP24/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xFOSP24
Mogami Gold Cables (1/4” TRS to XLR balanced)
B&H Photo: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/318873-REG/Mogami_GOLD_TRSXLRM_10_Gold_1_4_TRS_Male.html/BI/19904/KBID/12941/kw/MOTRSXM10/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xMOTRSXM10
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