Monitor Speakers for a Living Room Studio
August 9, 2011 7:48 PM Subscribe
Thanks to the ever-wonderful advice of AskMeFi, I picked up a Mackie Onyx mixer which I've been using with Reaper to record a small band, and I am perfectly pleased. In order to hear ourselves live using the mixer's low latency, the audio out from the mixer is being piped out over unbalanced stereo that passes next to a wall full of electrical wiring and into a 1/4"-1/8" converter into the line-in of my computer's speakers. It is roughly as awful as it sounds.
posted by DoubleMark to Media & Arts (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I believe I am supposed to fix this problem with a pair of powered monitors. I'd like to get double-duty out of them: a good playback system for mixing after recording is great, but I really want something with enough oomph to serve as our only source of live sound during practice (drums are electronic; guitars and bass are being handled by DI boxes). I see powered monitors all over the place in price from a hundred fifty for a pair to a thousand dollars each. Please, MeFi musicians, give me a recommendation!
I want to avoid breaking the bank, say spending no more than four hundred, less if possible. I understand this will not give me a separate subwoofer right away, and I think I'm OK with that. I'm not trying to set up a professional studio here - I just want something reliable that will serve my purpose adequately. Anything will be an improvement over this setup!