As you progress with music scores, notation, software, hardware and the general learning and all the aspects that you want to cover for a future in which you’re prepared for any case, you will stumble over problems that you would’ve never thought of.
One part of that is choosing proper speakers, or as professionals in the music industry call it:
“Why not just buy expensive Hi-Fi speakers for gamers?”
A studio monitor tries to lie to you as seldom as possible, while Hi-Fi speakers try to emphasize on certain audio aspects when you listen to a song or play a game. The goal is to get as neutral as possible. It is physically not possible at this time to reach pure neutrality, but with studio monitors you get pretty close to that, while “Hi-Fi” speakers don’t even try.
They rather manipulate psychoacoustic and convey the feeling that your song sounds good, just because it does.
So your goal is to get a neutral view on your sound. You might thing you will hear the best music you never heard before, but in some cases it is quite the opposite!
This is “raw” and “unprocessed” sound that isn’t counterfeit-like delivered to your ear drums.
Another aspect to look at are (vibrational) modes. Sound waves reflect on most material. Some materials
reflect higher frequencies better, some material reflect lower frequencies better.
You as a human being reflect frequiences yourself.
Either you hire a professional that calculates your weak and strong spots and the professional builds from there,
or you go to a forum and ask around.
That is actually the process I’m in right now.
I got my studio monitors but I lack a Measurement Calibrated Microphone.
In combination with a Room Acoustics Software you get crucial data.
The software will output sounds on your studio monitors and the microphone will detect any delay and reverb
and frequencies that are to strong or to weak.
Progress then to the next step.
Examples of deceptive advertising:
Some sites advertise that they sell little walls for your mic so you don’t have to fix your whole room when you record something. These microphon filters are called “reflexion filters”. Some advertizers managed to lie to a big mass of uninformed and untrained people. They managed to sell you a big fat lie.
They tell you that they made a special material with 4 or even more layers that filter out the frequencies that your mic is getting and that you won’t have to spend big money on expensive foam and other utilities to fill out your room.
There is still a lot of reflextion of frequencies going on underneath, above and even from both sideways.
This example is perfectly applicable on buying the proper foam for your room in order to make it perfect for recording.
Also: Don’t buy a lot of eggs in order to get egg cartons. They won’t help you either and are even a hazard in regards
to starting a fire because you or one of your friends forgot to turn out your cigarettes.
Rather ask around in some forums which solution works best.
Try out stuff for yourself and read some books if possible.
This sounds horrid and complex and overwhelming at first, but think about it like this:
You think I wrote this whole piece in 3 hours straight without blinking, breathing, eating, drinking something?
Just do small steps and everything adds up in the end.
You will be glad that you made that decision.
Who knows? Maybe you consider the thought of renting out your studio to make some extra bucks?
That’s quite improbable though, considering the fact that home studios GET LITERALLY CHEAPER by the minute!
An investment over long time:
It’s not just mixing songs in your DAW. It’s also a nice addition when you watch a movie with your friends, if the set allows it or when you come home from a hard days work and want to relax by listening to music. I think I don’t need to mention that this can improve your gaming experience as well, right? Either that or you switch to headphones. The problem with head phones though is, that there is no “physical room” calculated when you produce a track with ’em. So you mix with headphones and show it a friend of yours in his car and suddenly it sounds like total garbage because of the physical properties that got added to your track.
I used to have cheap-ish Creative speakers for around 4 years or so.
When I drove around with my in-ear headphones on my bike, I experienced clearer and better sound and I was always hyped to drive around with my bike, listening to new albums on my smartphone.
When I switched some weeks ago to the Yamaha HS 8 and I started to listen to new albums on my smartphone I thought in the back of my head:’Something isn’t right here. Something sounds off. Did I activate a setting on my smartphone app that lets me perceive sound different, or in that case, worse?
The answer was:
NO. Nothing changed in regards to my mobile “setup” for listening to music.
I know that I look like a phony. Preaching about clear song with studio monitors at home but listening to music
with in-ear headphones when I’m in my car or on my bike.
But at the time it is not possible to make a full room follow you when you drive around.
That might be a cool idea for a video game though ahahahaha.
Nah, I need this cheap fix / subsitute or otherwise I would die of a cold turkey for lacking new music input, which I need daily in high doses in form of listening many hours quietly to new genres.
The problem is that your regular smartphone can’t provide enough current for high end over-ear headphones.
Cheap over-ear or expensive in-ear headphones do the trick for smartphones though.
Either that or you start welding and experimenting on your smartphone.
Long story short:
The sound of my smartphone didn’t get any worse, the sound at home improved so radically that projected it all on my smartphone for being trashy, even though nothing changed in that time, except for my speakers.
Everything sounds crystal clear to me now and hopefully to you soon aswell.
I will always remember that moment when I plugged ’em both in and started to listen to my favourite tunes like this one for instance:
and my eyes filled with tears. I started to cry man. The sound tickled my ears like no tune ever did to me.
I always fell for music, but this time it really hit the spot deep in me. I want everyone to experience something like this.