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Do I Need Studio Monitors?

The short answer is… well, let me walk you through this a bit. This age-old question is tricky but by the end of this article, you’ll be able to make the decision for yourself.  

Making my first beats back in 1998 in a bedroom shared with two sisters using a tiny study/studio table was obviously not the best environment to produce. However,  it was a start. I had no idea about speaker placement, room acoustics, sweet spot position, external pro sound cards, or anything related to getting the best sound possible. However, I wanted to make music, and so I did.

In those days, I used everything from my father’s stereo to Genius PC speakers, old scraps, Sennheiser HD 25 headphones, various studio monitors, and even laptop speakers. Fast-forward to today where my current setup is a pair of Adam Audio S2V monitors run through a Universal Audio sound card, I can enjoy a super crisp sound that plays with laser point accuracy.

Firstly, making music on any speakers, studio monitors, or headphones doesn’t really matter as long as you can sacrifice time to train your ears using great-sounding, high-quality tracks for reference. I can’t stress this enough: training your ears is crucial!

When I started the Skypatrol project, I was actually on my 13″ MacBook Pro plugged into Sennheiser HD-25 DJ headphones because back then, I couldn’t really afford anything else. Today, whenever I listen to my earlier tracks, I’m shocked at how I achieved such a  lush and leveled sound given the equipment and technology I was using. How did I achieve this? Well, I listened and compared everything to… yes, you guessed it: “great-sounding, high-quality tracks”.

Anyways, getting back to the subject of studio monitors. In 2006, when I decided to focus solely on producing Trance music (since I loved this style the most) I purchased my first Adam Audio A2 speakers. I would say this was one of the best investments I ever made. The moment I plugged in the speakers, it felt almost like a miracle. It was as if I was blind my whole life and was suddenly able to see!

With the studio monitors from Adam Audio, I was able to hear every little detail, every little frequency. I could hear how my tracks sounded like a bassy mesh with no high-end or vice versa. I could clearly hear what happened to the hi-hat when I raised it by just 1 dB. My whole understanding of music quality changed in a day. This was the turning point for me.

Personally, I recommend getting KRK studio monitors as I was using these for about eight years with no issues. In fact, I produced a full album and a bunch of my best tracks and remixes using KRK studio monitors.

To sum it up, when you’re starting out, you don’t really need studio monitors, but if you want your tracks to sound their best, my answer is yes, studio monitors are something you need and want!

No matter how good your sound system is, your tracks won’t sound good if you don’t have the necessary skills of producing a proper track. If you’re tired of getting rejected by record labels or sick of your tracks not sounding like your favorite artists, I highly recommend taking the class where I teach step-by-step, how to make a track starting from scratch to a complete release-ready, professional-sounding tune.

Success starts by clicking this link here >>> https://www.readyformasterclass.com/product/rfm14-how-to-make-trance-full-track-production/                 

PS: if you want to quickly learn how to mix trance basslines I made a YouTube video tutorial covering that in detail. Check it out below 👇🏼

Thank you and have an amazing day in the studio!

-Tibor/ReOrder

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