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How To Pick Best Studio Monitor For Making Music

Updated on September 28, 2012

Studio Monitor Speakers For People With Money

Okay so the best studio monitor 2012 you can buy will cost you quite a bit of cash. If you are strapped for cash like less than $100, than you should not really invest into a pair of monitor speakers yet. A studio monitor if you don't know already is a bookshelf speaker made of preferably wood.

These are great for making music for many musicians, personally I like hip hop and rap music, so some of the products might be biased upon those speakers. With that being said, I'll create a section for rock/metal, and rap/hip hop music productions. Please continue to read, and be sure to buy through our amazon links if you like what you read.

How To Decide How Much To Spend On Studio Monitors

Best Way To Spend Your Cash As Musician

If you earn $1000 or more from one paycheck, and assuming you are serious about your craft, you should invest by theory 50% or more of that income into new equipment, promotions, and much more.

Getting sponsored is very important and to make it big, you have to spend big or work your ass off for money the rest of your life. When you get signed at least you get some cash to work around with.

The Poll For Producers To See Who Spends

This poll is to help those understand who is going to succeed in music business because they are willing to spend to stay in the game. I believe this will make you feel better if you understand you get get what you pay for.

How Much Money Are You Going To Spend On Speakers?

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Great Bookshelf Monitors You Might Like

These are beginner level monitors for those who are not too rich but not too poor. If you can't afford these, then keep grinding and make that cash fast.

KRK Rokit RP5 G2 Powered Desktop Studio Monitors Pair w/ XLR Cables
KRK Rokit RP5 G2 Powered Desktop Studio Monitors Pair w/ XLR Cables

With great looks and dope functionality, you can't go wrong with KRK Rokit Studio Monitors. This is a great start up for small time artists trying to get into productions. You must be crazy if you think this is expensive, just saying.

 
M-Audio BX5 D2 5" Active 2-Way Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)
M-Audio BX5 D2 5" Active 2-Way Studio Monitor Speakers (Pair)

Higher end model of M Audio speakers, really the lowest I would recommend for this line as this offers way more than the lower end model.

 
KRK K10S Powered Subwoofer - 10 Inch, 225 Watts
KRK K10S Powered Subwoofer - 10 Inch, 225 Watts

This is the subwoofer for the KRK Rokit, you'll be satisfied with the RP103 over the other lower end models. It does come with a pricetag, and another huge pricetag for the KRK Rokit R103 which is it's compatible partner.

 
I like the look of these ones!
I like the look of these ones!

Most Reputable Studio Monitor Brands

Only The Best Quality For The Best

Like all your software and equipment, you want something that works for you, not the other way around. A brand is just a brand, it is a simple way of finding out if it's reliable. Being reliable doesn't mean BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! We all want the cheapest, and best equipment, so here are some reputable brands that might offer cheap solutions depending on your income.

Brands known for hip hop, rap, rock/metal productions:

- M AUDIO

- Edirol

- Behringer

- Alesis

- Yamaha

- Adam

- Mackie

- Genelec

- KRK

- Boss(Roland)

- Samson

And a hell lot more to choose from, these are just a handful out of hundreds of brands that are in the market space. Now you can see that you just need something that you like and will work for you. Don't ever underspend on your speakers as a rule, you are not paying for luxury, you are paying for your success. Please remember that if you are a thriving artist, you will pay to play.

We All Need Monitor Stands For Our Speakers!?

Definitive Technology StudioMonitor Speaker Stands (Pair, Black)
Definitive Technology StudioMonitor Speaker Stands (Pair, Black)

Decent quality will get the job done for most people.

 
Raxxess ERSS-36 - 36 inches
Raxxess ERSS-36 - 36 inches

Pretty good, strong sturdy and looks nice. Not like the homemade construction wood you see some people at home with.

 
Samson MS200 Heavy Duty Studio Monitor Stands
Samson MS200 Heavy Duty Studio Monitor Stands

Respectable brands and nice triangularly base, good vibes all around. Quite good quality.

 

How To Set Up Your Studio Monitors

Look how dope that looks in diagram

You must set up your studio monitors in the manner of a triangular arrangement. Buy stands to support the speakers, and add PADs, please don't be cheap on pads, because they enhance the sound by more than you can imagine!

So as you can probably guess, you need to point the speakers infront and angled towards you from both left and right side. In the diagram, you can imagine what I'm talking about. Now, you now how the speakers are set up, we'll move onto why you need Studio Bookshelf Speakers in general.

Some Wild Picks For Wild Producers

Auralex Acoustics MoPAD Monitor Acoustic Isolation Pads, 2" x 4" x 12", 1 Pair, Charcoal
Auralex Acoustics MoPAD Monitor Acoustic Isolation Pads, 2" x 4" x 12", 1 Pair, Charcoal

These are great pads to keep your speakers from shaking, therefore saving you a cracked not working speaker(s).

 
6 1/2 Active Bi-Amplified Reference Monitor
6 1/2 Active Bi-Amplified Reference Monitor

Great reference monitor for accurate sound, highly recommended. Read reviews to see if you need it, or perhaps it has too little features for you.

 
Techni Mobili Deluxe Tempered Frosted Glass L Shaped Corner Desk With Pull Out Keyboard, Graphite
Techni Mobili Deluxe Tempered Frosted Glass L Shaped Corner Desk With Pull Out Keyboard, Graphite

Pretty nice design for a studio, an L shaped table is perfect for having two monitors pointing in your direction. You can even place speakers with stands and line it up behind the desk and it'll look very nice.

 
KRK RP8 G2 Rokit Powered Studio Monitors (PAIR) + 2 Whirlwind XLR 20' Cables
KRK RP8 G2 Rokit Powered Studio Monitors (PAIR) + 2 Whirlwind XLR 20' Cables

Great features, and strong sounds. High, mids and lows. Vocal sound accurate so you don't have to re-edit anything. This is great for professional level productions, but maybe a little more cash is better if you want to something crazier.

 

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