3 Serious Mistakes You Should Avoid When Setting Up Your Studio Monitors

I’m guessing you’re probably reading this blog post for either of the two reasons:

It’s either you’re finalizing on the process of setting up your first home studio, and you just don’t want to test the waters  – you want to get it right from the start.

Or you have an established home studio, but everything seems to be in a mess – you’re not pleased with the sound coming out from your recordings, and you want to fix that ASAP!

Well, the good news is that you’re in the right place. In this post, we are going to show you the three serious mistakes you should avoid when setting up your studio monitors and how to fix them.

Without further ado, let’s look at the:

3 Serious Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Up Your Home Studio

1. Purchasing Over-Hyped Monitors

You may be fast to think that studio monitors that improve the sound of your music are the best, but you’ll be disappointed when you hear your track sounds from outside – you may feel like biting the bullet.

On the contrary, your objective is to get a flat frequency response like that of Lucia that’ll recreate your music as accurately as possible.

But listen to this: Some studio monitors are designed to enhance your music to sound better; which make it difficult to judge whether your music has a low-end or high-end. Avoid such studio monitors.

If you had already bought such a studio monitor, don’t fret, you can still rectify that by lowering the end to make your track weaker and thin – if you’re listening from outside your studio.

If you were in the process of setting up your home studio monitor, consider purchasing a more balanced pair rather than an over-hyped monitor, then spend some time to habituate yourself to the way your new device sound in your home studio.

2. Being Tempted to Place Your Monitors Against the Wall

The chances are that you’re going to turn your minimalistic room into a home studio and you’ll probably be tempted to create some space to make room for your monitors; placing them against the wall, or even worse, in one of the corners of your room.

But it’s not wise to position your monitors next to a reflective surface because doing so will make the sound bounce back. In a nutshell, when your studio monitors are too close to the wall, they become less effective.

Besides, situating your studio monitors against the wall can influence your decisions about the mix. Therefore, position your monitors some few feet from the wall, for example, a third length from the walls.

3. No Acoustic Treatment

This is where things get interesting. Did you know that the main difference that lies between a home studio and a pro studio is how the room you’re using for your audio activities is the design?

Pro studios are designed professionally to match the needs of a studio; from high ceilings to no parallel walls, acousticians make sure they have a design a room that will match the requirements of a professional studio.

Let’s be honest; it’s not going to be a walk in the park – “you’re going to require more than egg cartons” on your studio walls to get the professional sound records that appeal to you.

You’ll need professional acoustic treatment to solve some of the problems in your room, for example, you’ll not require carpets on your studio walls, you’ll want to do away with any foam on the ceiling, and probably eliminate any blankets draped near your studio. Don’t test the waters – go for materials like rock wool, mineral wool or fiberglass.

Usually, most acoustic problems result in bass frequencies that are trapped from your studio corners – though you can solve this. Position the bass traps along the edges of your room; and continue positioning these bass traps in all the eight corners of your studio room – from the floor to the ceiling, until you can feel that the low-end is perfect.

You’re trying to make a pro studio here, so you need everything to be perfect. So once you have solved the low-end problem, the next thing is to give your full attention to the reflection points. The reason why you should address this is that music bounces back off the walls from the monitors – which is one of the causes of acoustic problems such as comb filtering and flutter echo.

Identifying the reflection points isn’t going to be easy, and as such, you are going to require some help. Get a friend to help you hold a mirror against any of the walls while you sit in the sweet spot. Let your friend rotate the mirror across the wall and if they see a reflection of your studio monitors, ask him or her to stop. The last step is to mark these points and treat them acoustically.

Bottom Line

Setting up your studios as you can see isn’t a walk in the park, but with professional guidance, you can get things rolling in a couple of hours.

Now that you are aware of the most severe mistakes people make when setting up their studio monitors, you can now avoid them by implementing the suggestions.

Regime’s Discography

Regime is an up and coming Welsh band located in Bristol. The 5 man brand specializes in a unique combination of hip-hop with undertones of dancehall. Reggae and rock. It consistently tackles sensitive political themes, often using song to raise awareness to different social problems. Its unique message-filled songs make it an uplifting yet fun band to listen to. Being relatively new, the band has released two albums, push and 3db, that are already very popular. They are available on the band’s site as well as on iTunes, Deezer, and Spotify. Despite being new the band has garnered a following of more than 5000 people on Facebook and has even featured on BBC sounds. This article will shed more light into the two albums, highlighting the best songs from each.

Push

Push was the band’s first album and was released in 2015. The album has 9 songs, each dealing with a specific socio-political issue. Indeed, even the album’s cover has a political message. Featuring a generic looking man with his hand stretched out, dangling a puppet on strings, the album’s artwork evokes feelings that governments are becoming increasingly controlling in their citizens lives. Below are two of the greatest tracks in this album:

Queenie

This song deals with the politics of war. Its message is simple, that for as long as there is profit in war, the world will never know peace. In the song uses the Queen of England as a metaphor representing British leaders that champion policies allowing the sale of war machinery for profit. The song begins by declaring that the queen is a gunslinger and a gun seller. By cleverly twisting the patriotic expression “God save the queen” to “God save us from the queen,” the band manages to highlight the fact that at times, leaders who advocate for peace and democracy speak from both ends of their mouths by condoning acts such as arms selling. Though dealing with a sensitive issue, the song still manages some humor. One such instance is when it uses wordplay by saying that although the Queen may indeed be a Queen, she is also a killer bee. This song is a must listen!

Big Brother

The title says it all. The song, an extended metaphor inspired by George Orwell’s book with the same time is a cautionary message warning people to be aware that the state is increasingly intruding on people’s privacy. In the songs music video recorded live at factory studios, the song praises whistleblowers such Edward Snowden, who rose up against excessive surveillance by state intelligence agencies. In keeping with their tendency to soften their messages using humor, the band humorously admonishes people not to confuse the Big Brother being referred to in the song with the reality tv program that goes by the same name. A cry against the unnecessary intrusion of the right to privacy, this song is deep.

3Db

The album 3Db was released in 2017 as the band’s second installation. It has 10 songs. Although all of them are amazing, below are some that stand out.

Hard work

The song begins with the sound of birds chapping, evoking a feeling of dawn break. This artistic expression goes perfectly with the theme of the song for it deals with the fact that some jobs require working for long hours. It acknowledges the easily forgotten, overlooked and under-appreciated jobs such as mining, plumbing and raising children, and thanks the job doers. This song is a great addition to the album.

Robbing Us

The Big Brother extended metaphor started in the first album is continued in this song. The song begins with an aggressive almost heavy metal like a tune. When the lead singer comes onto the scene, he laments that Big Brother is a bully and a thief. He continues to lament on governments poor consumer prices policies and the consumerist, capitalistic system in general. This song is short and straight to the point just like its message. An amazing quality about this song is the manner in which the band manages to create a unified sound out of 3 unusual genres. The tune combines heavy metal, hip hop and reggae undertones together, perfectly. The band’s artistic rigor is really evident in this song.

Dizraeli, Aberystwyth, Soundcloud

Thanks to everyone who came to the Dreadzone gig, we thouroughly enjoyed ourselves.

We are playing in the Aberystwyth student union on Tuesday the 28th of February followed by a support slot with Dizraeli and the Small Gods in The Fleece on Thursday the 1st of March. Get in touch via facebook for more info and cheap tickets!

Lastly, check out our soundcloud page to hear 5 tracks recorded at Mwnci Studios last year. www.soundcloud.com/regimesound.