Monitor discussions can get fairly religious, so be sceptical of anyone’s advice. While an argument can be made for an ideal flat frequency response (and monitor a specs out better than monitor b), monitor choice is subjective and boils down to a matter of taste.
I tell people that monitors are a musical instrument. You have to practice. What you’re shooting for the ability to listen to your monitors, and understand how your mix will translate to a variety of environments. Thankfully, the best training you can do, at least initially, is listen to all your favourite music.
You can’t make decisions about frequencies you can’t hear, so, obviously you want something that represents a wide of range as possible. This is kind of tricky though. My favourite monitors could effortlessly reproduce a very beautiful range of the frequency spectrum (the lower mids, not the super lows). Unfortunately, that range collapses to absolute mud on most people’s systems, so I had to learn to be very careful there.
Low end is interesting. I see a lot of people impressed by super lows and high SPLs. What I look for is smoothness in frequency response from the lower mids to the lows, but more specifically, low end with definition, not ‘boom’
Anyway, as long as you know your monitors like an instrument, it doesn’t matter what brand you use, what matters is your skill and knowledge.
This is an audio recording of a performance using vnois for Pure Data. I made vnois (short for very noisy) as part of a series of Pure Data workshops at A10Labs in Peckham, London, led by Oscar Martin and Luca Carrubba. It is a semi-generative step sequencer with built-in synthesis and effects. I performed live with this patch at A10 using my arduinome at the end of the workshops.
I finished a new Firebrand Boy track today called ‘Sea of the Same Thing’. The track features an electric reed organ that I got as a birthday present last year. It’s a strange beast and pretty difficult to record. I close miked it with an AKG3000 condenser microphone and think I managed to get a little bit extra high-end without losing the instrument’s character.
Today was spent getting acquainted with drum racks in Ableton Live. I’m completely blown away by the flexibility of the effects and routing options available and look forward to using them more in my own music. I put together this short loop to present what I made today.