Studio monitors are speaker drivers placed in speaker enclosures which are specifically designed for professional audio production applications, such as recording studios, filmmaking, television studios, radio studios and project or home studios. They are very essential at places where reproducing actual audio is crucial.
Studio monitors are intended to produce a flat frequency response to playback the audio recording exactly as intended without any kind of coloration or change to the sound. This is often a major requirement in professional environments related to audio recording and mixing. This ensures non-influence of the speakers on how the audio professional may edit the music or sound. It is essential to get to know the exact sound to be able to make the desired changes.
Key Specifications for a good Studio Monitor:
Let’s look at the specifications of a good studio monitor. Here is what you need to look out for when buying them:
Wide Frequency Range: Since you want accuracy from your monitors, one of the first things you will want to confirm is that they can handle the full frequency range of your recordings. Most monitor specs list the lowest frequency they handle in Hz (hertz) and the highest frequency in kHz (kilohertz). For most recording work a frequency response of 40Hz-20 kHz is adequate.
Total harmonic distortion (THD): THD lets you know how cleanly a monitor can reproduce whatever audio you feed it. Most of the time the term THD really refers to THD+N, (Total Harmonic Distortion plus Noise) so when you see THD, you can usually include noise in the equation. A clean audio circuit should be very close to zero in the amount of distortion and noise it adds, i.e. about 0.001%. A poorly designed audio circuit will add quite a bit of distortion, in the range of anywhere from 0.3 to 1%.
Wattage: Although it is usually not as much of a concern for studio situations, the power of your studio monitors is measured in watts. Therefore, it must be a specification to consider more so for larger studios. Generally, 10-60 watts should be plenty for a bedroom or home office-sized studio.
Near-, far-, or mid-field design:
We often get to hear the term nearfield with reference to studio monitors. But very few people know what it means. In the simplest terms, nearfield means close to the user/listener. They are only a few feet away, giving you a clear, immediate sound. This prevents us from hearing natural reverberations, so we get a precise, upfront impression of the sound mix. Using a compact design and relatively small speakers, near-field monitors are good for most studio applications because they allow you to primarily hear the sound coming directly from the speakers, rather than sound that reflects off the walls and ceiling.
Whatever be your requirements or specifications’ choice, studio monitors are a must for seamless audio production.
They produce clear, precise, and dynamic sound mixes, enabling you to identify any flaws in audio quality and correct them. Unlike standard speakers, they’re consistent, making them the best option in quality sound production