A significant number of us who record or mix nowadays don’t have the luxury of working in personally assembled control rooms that have amazing sound system. We manage with the rooms we have, regardless of whether extra rooms, garages, or storerooms, and make the best use of those. Positioning monitors for best and accurate quality sound outcomes is a subject that is most important to us and we will discuss it for long hours. As we have looked to every part of the globe and found where we needed to set up in all way of spaces (ensemble rooms, cells, cellars, lodgings), we have taken in great experience with that and we will share a couple of tips to kick you off, so you can improve sound from the monitors that you have to place so that you can wind up having great quality sound of your mix or record.
In any case, with knowing how to arrangement room studio monitors, and applying a little acoustic treatment to them, you will essentially be able to improve in the nature of your mixes, as you will learn from this article… ., but first of all, we will see the types of monitors we can use.
Types of Studio Monitors
You might know that there are three primary sorts of studio monitors: close field, mid-field, and far-field monitors.
Also, the clue to knowing how to arrangement room studio monitors lies in all honesty in their name…
a) Close fields
Close field monitors are intended for little size studios. They are commonly situated one to two meters from the audience and are normally very little.
Mid-field monitors are generally bigger than close field screens and are expected for greater rooms. The ideal situation for these screens is two and four meters from the audience.
Far-field monitors are considerably bigger than mid-field screens and can be put significantly more distant from the audience. Not at all like close field and mid-field screens be that as it may, these monitors, are not typically utilized for basic tuning in or checking, as in a professional studio.
In a general studio, far-field monitors are commonly used for referencing recorded material at loud volumes.
Where to Place Your Monitors
Basic monitor situation is subject to a few elements…
While most beginners essentially place their monitors where they are most suitable, more ideal thought to be given to how the sound is influenced by their position.
The sound leaving the monitors can be influenced, to a significant degree, by the environment.
The divider behind the speakers, the corners close to where they are set, the work area where they are set, and even the more distant rooms of the studio–all these can factors can affect and give you a less accurate quality of the sound.
Now we will look up factors to be considered while setting up monitors
Traditionally studio managers believe that monitors to be set as a long way from walls as good to get quality sound. Even placing away from the walls, speakers bounces sound waves off these surfaces, bringing about an erroneous and inappropriate sound.
Tip: If conceivable, place your monitor, at any rate, one meter away from the wall behind them.
Setting monitor toward the edges of a room is commonly a no-no… and all things considered that the Low frequencies will in general aggregate toward the edges of a room, and setting your monitor will only intensify the impact of sound.
A great number many people wouldn’t think to put monitors on the floor, in light of the fact that this position would put them well beneath the ears.
Yet, there are other valid justifications why monitors shouldn’t be set on the floor, and why they thought to be raised off the desk also…
Any hard surface reflects sound waves, which can cause a large group of issues, for example, conflicting sound waves, brush sifting, stage issues, and then some. Indeed, even the highest point of your desk will bounce off sound waves, giving a less exact accuracy of the sound from your speakers.
Utilizing speaker stands will enable you to stay away from a large portion of these issues. These arrive in an assortment of sorts, from DIY wooden stages to acoustic dampening foam, and even isolating spikes and hollow cones.
Studio Monitors desk stands in general, will keep your speaker stands to keep your monitors free from outer impacts. These could be anything from reflected sound waves to sympathetic vibrations from the desk underneath.
Tip: With the isolation a decent arrangement of speaker stands give, you will get an increasingly exact low-recurrence reaction and better stereo imaging.
Now we will get a possible way to have the best sound quality by your monitors….
A) Ideal listening position
To tame the impacts of standing waves in your room, the standard procedure is:
- to create singular waves at multiple frequencies
- oppose multiple waves at fewer frequencies.
This is finished by variating the separations between your monitor and each wall. That way, the effect of each wave at every frequency is limited, and the frequency reaction of the room stays as level as would be possible.
To utilize this technique, you should simply pursue these means when setting up your screens:
1. Position monitors against the longest divider.
With regards to the width of your room, you truly can’t vary the distances from the side-walls, since despite everything you have to keep up a balanced and symmetrical stereo quality image.
For this situation, the following best arrangement is to set up your screens against the longest wall to limit issues from side reflections.
2. Vary those separations.
Now, we need a measuring tape and a note pad, since we have to measure wall distance to look at certain separations.
Most importantly, guarantee that the stature of your monitor is either somewhat above, or marginally underneath the mid-path point between the floor and roof.
Next, measure the separation between the screens and the side-walls, to guarantee that they’re neither the equivalent (nor a careful various of) the past two separations.
On the off chance that they are, essentially make modifications and re-measure until everything looks great.
3. Make space between the monitors and the back wall.
Since bass frequencies venture outward every way… quite a bit of that sound travels in reverse and reflects off the back wall of your room.
The issue is, the point at which it recombines with the direct sound from the monitors…
The “in-phase” frequencies get enhanced, and the “out-phase” frequencies counteract. This rule is known as the boundary effect.
To tackle the issue, master professional studios frequently incorporate their monitors directly with the wall, in this manner wiping out every single back reflection.
Notwithstanding, since this arrangement is excessively costly for home studios…
The following best choice is to make the most extreme division between the wall and the monitor that the room-size will permit. For most rooms, that is between 1-2 feet.
This won’t SOLVE the issue, however, it will decrease it to some degree, by diminishing the quality of the reflections.
Another valuable thing is to utilize monitors with FRONT bass ports, for example, the Adam Audio A7X, on the grounds that not at all like back confronting bass ports, they direct a bigger segment of the vitality forward, AWAY from the walls.
In tiny rooms, these monitors save space by enabling you to position them closer to the wall.
4. Locate a decent head position
As that monitor position affects your sound accuracy… so too heads position.
Thus, following similar essential standards, here are the ways by which you can locate the perfect situation for YOURSELF:
- Focus your seat between the side walls to keep up the balanced stereo quality image.
- Set the seat height so your head isn’t somewhere between the roof and floor.
- Set the seat/desk area position with the goal that it isn’t somewhere between the front and back wall.
- Measure and look at the separations on every one of the 3 measurements to guarantee they’re neither the equivalent nor precise multiples of one another.
B) Acoustic Properties of Small Rooms
Since you’ve suitably placed both your monitor and seat…
Next, it’s a great thing to mastermind some acoustic treatment around those two positions.
Here are the means by which it’s finished:
1. Using bass Tapes behind monitors
Earlier we referenced how reflected bass frequencies from your back wall can cause issues.
Well, the most flawlessly awesome approach to limit those issues is to add bass tapes directly behind each screen.
If off the chance that you don’t have to save bass tapes, acoustic panels or ANY other sort of retention works FAR better in comparison to nothing.
2. Use absorption at initial reflection points
If by chance that you’re acquainted with initial reflection points, at that point you know there are 4 KEY areas that reason most of the issues with reflected sound from your monitors:
- Two are over your head
- One is on the left wall
- One is on the right wall
If by any chance that you did not have knowledge about them yet, here’s the way to discover them:
Imagine that the walls and roof of your room are mirrors. From where you are present is mixing position, the initial reflection focuses are the spots on the wall where you would see the impressions of your monitors.
Essentially cover up those 4 spots with acoustic panels and you’re good to go.
3. Add diffusion to the back wall
Despite the fact that the sound waves from your monitors spread out every other way…
The MAJORITY of that vitaly is centered directly at you… and the wall behind your head.
In the event that that wall is flat, it’s an obligation… since it can possibly make more standing waves than any surface in the room.
In any case…
If there is the chance that divider is shrouded in with diffusers, it turns into a benefit, since it disperses all that vitality before it ever gets the opportunity to cause issues.
Join this tip with the 2 past ones, and you have an extraordinary formula for progressive sound quality.
Since you have an arrangement, here are a couple of connections to certain apparatuses that may support you:
To start with, there is a chance that you need acoustic treatment,
The following thing we would prescribe is a couple of isolation pads for your monitors and along with acoustically isolating your monitors them from the desk area…
They likewise offer an approach to effectively alter tilting of monitor arrangement, this has 2 favourable conditions:
- Tilting the monitors up or down makes less potential for standing waves between the front and back walls.
- Tilting enables you to straighten out the point towards your head as you raise or lower the height.
Next, for those with a better than an average-sized room, we would prescribe them to include a couple of monitor stands.
Contrasted with desk area shelves, these stands offer greatest adaptability with situating, making your activity much simpler.
At last, with appropriate acoustic treatment, you can keep sound waves from accumulating and influencing your sound in a negative manner. Your room at that point adequately turns out to be acoustically “impartial”, which gives you a progressively exact portrayal of the sound that you hear.
As an additional advantage, acoustic treatment will likewise have a diffusing impact, decreasing standing waves and shudder echoes without any critical loss in the room’s acoustic vitality. With the correct equalization of diffusive and absorptive surfaces, you will be better ready to deliver high quality, predictable sounding mixes.
C) Testing the Results of Your Work
When you’ve finished every one of the steps given above, everything should sound great, in-hypothetical thesis form but. Be that as it may, just to check it sounds great as a general rule is to we have to do in a practical way…
A number of people use a test known as a bass range to pinpoint potential issues in the low-end frequency response of a room.
Here’s a model. Look at it in the linked video https://youtu.be/P-Rez4eKkJk
What you hear in this recording is a progression of descending bass tones, played at a steady and constant level.
To test your room, play this recording (or any other like it) through your monitors and tune in for significant changes in volume starting with one note then onto the next one.
In the event that they sound consistently constant, at that point everything is great.
If NOT, odds are there’s an issue with your present arrangement. Also, shockingly, the best way to fix it is to begin once again from the earliest starting point, attempt once more, and retest.
While it might take a couple of attempts to hit the bull’s eye, trust me when we say that…
Every one of your attempt will be well-justified, despite all the trouble once you hear the final best stereo quality image.
As it is to be obvious, appropriate observation of sound is about something more than purchasing the best quality speakers you can purchase. As significant as the sort and nature of your monitors are, situating, room treatment, and appropriate bass tapes use are similarly significant.
With every one of these components set up, you will, in the end, build up the capacity to create mixes that sound incredible, regardless of where they are played from.