How to Set Up Studio Monitors?

studio monitors setup

How to Set Up Studio Monitors?

If you are looking for studio quality fresh sound, a home theater system is the absolute worst choice of audio equipment for you. These devices are designed to give an overall pleasant sound to the ears. On the other hand, studio monitors give off a flat sound. This helps in understanding the nuances of a music piece better which makes it the most suitable equipment for modern studios.

Today, let’s learn how to set up these monitors.

studio monitors setup

Setting up space

You should be very careful about the placement of the studio monitors in your room. Ideally, they should be placed equidistance from you on either side. This doesn’t mean you have to maintain the one-foot gap between the two. Simply do one thing. Point the place at which you will be sitting and create two 60-degree angles on either side i.e. on angle to the left and one to the right.

The monitors should be placed near the walls on either side. Make sure that they do not face the wall. They should face you. Also, they should not be too close to each other or to the wall. Doing this will create hurdles in your audio experience. The ideal distance between you and the monitors should be 2-3 feet. Consider it is an equilateral triangle setup where the distances between the sides and the angles are the same.

Placement of monitors

No matter how much you are tempted to do so, never put monitors horizontally. They should always be placed vertically. The sound should reach your ears directly. Also make sure that they never placed on the ground. Buy monitor stands to rest them carefully. This will help in minimizing vibrations, echoes and other disturbances to your sound, providing a purer audio quality.

Configuration and calibration

Now that your speakers are placed correctly, it is time to calibrate them for use. To do this, download any SPL app on your phone. These apps are great for configuration. Your laptop may also contain this SPL software if you have been using monitors for a while.

Open the app and set the app to ‘slow response’ and ‘C weighting’. Now put your phone on your seat i.e. the place from where you will be hearing the music. Make sure it is at ear level. Then, set the master fader unit to 0 dB in DAW and load a pink noise file. Place volume at the middle of the range in the audio interface and reduce the volume on both monitors to their lowest.

First, pan to the left studio monitor and play the pink noise file. Now keep adjusting the volume knob until the SPL meter comes to 80 db. Then, pan to the right monitor and repeat the same process. That’s it! Your speakers are now ready for optimum sound and they can start playing your music.

Common mistakes people make with setup

One of the most common mistakes during the setup of these speakers is the distance of the monitors from the wall. Make sure that there is at least a foot’s gap between the two to avoid noise and reflections in your sound. These are flat speakers because of which they don’t have a fuller audio response like home theater systems. Any noise or disturbance will be felt easily because of this.

Another common problem is that monitors may be moved and never be recalibrated. Whenever you are moving the speakers, regardless of the reason, ensure that you configure them again. Here too, make sure that you calibrate each speaker one by one. There is no point in trying to configure sound in both speakers together.

Don’t forget to check out the instruction manual of the product before configuring it. There can be some minor changes to the way your speakers are calibrated. There could also be changes in the placement and distance of the speakers, considering whether they are near-field or far-field.

Keep this thing in mind that the sound of a monitor is completely different from a traditional home theater. As long as you have followed the instructions correctly, there should be no problems with sound, even though you will feel a marked change in the acoustic quality.

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