How should the monitor speakers be placed better?

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 How should the monitor speakers be placed better?

                              How should the monitor speakers be placed better?

Many people do not know how to set the specific position of the monitor speakers, resulting in the equipment not being fully utilized. So how should the monitor speakers be placed? We will get the answer below.

Nearfield monitors are usually placed on a stand or table. If the nearfield monitors are placed on a shelf or table, they should be isolated from the shelf or table with an elastic material (such as rubber or felt) to prevent vibrations from the speakers from being transmitted to the shelf or table.

Midfield speakers can be placed on a shelf or buried in a wall. Of course, near-field speakers are also available.

Far-field monitors are generally buried in soundproof walls. This allows the sound engineer to obtain the most accurate sound ground free of reflections.

However, it should be noted that the general embedded speakers are passive speakers, so there will be no problem of the speaker heating after sneaking in. Under normal circumstances, active speakers are not embedded in the wall. If they are to be embedded, ventilation and heat dissipation needs to be done.


1. Installation angle and height

The correct angle is: the two speakers are facing the engineer's ears, forming an equilateral triangle with the engineer's head.

2. Placement distance

How far the monitor speakers are from the head of the person is certain, but it is not strict.

The near-field monitor speakers are generally placed at a distance of 1-2 meters from the head, and the midfield monitor speakers can be placed at 2-4 meters. Main monitor speakers (far field 0 can be placed 3-6 meters away.

3. Other matters needing attention

Special care should be taken to prevent the desktop or mixing console from becoming a source of reflections and affecting the quality of our monitoring.

Also, pay attention to placing the speakers in the direction recommended by the manufacturer, and don't think you are self-righteous.

4. Horizontal or vertical

There is a saying that the sound will be better if the speakers are placed sideways. This claim is unfounded. While many of the studio and studio photos in this tutorial have the nearfield monitors positioned horizontally, that doesn't mean we think they're doing it right.

So should the speakers be placed horizontally or vertically? Manufacturers have the most say. Scientific experiments have shown that two-unit speakers are better placed vertically than horizontally.

First of all, placing the speaker vertically will increase the distance and angle from the mixer table, reduce the sound of the speaker reflected by the mixer table to the sound engineer, and reduce the "comb filter" effect caused by this reflection. (Originally flat frequency response, but became not flat). This can be proven by scientific experiments. As shown in the figure below, the gray curve in the frequency response curve is the frequency response curve of the speaker, the green curve is the final frequency response curve after the reflection of the mixer when the speaker is placed vertically, and the red curve is when the speaker is placed horizontally. curve. It can be seen that when the speaker is placed horizontally, it will have a serious impact on the sound.

Secondly, any speaker composed of multiple units (speakers) (for example, a near-field monitor has two units) has a problem: if the distance between the two units and the human ear is not the same, then the two units The sounds of the same frequency transmitted to the human ear are not the same. After superposition, they will cancel each other out, or even completely cancel when the phase is opposite. From the frequency response curve, there is a gap in the middle (it seems to be with an axe). So we need to keep the distance between the two units and the human ear the same. And we know that the head of the recording engineer often moves laterally when working, but rarely moves vertically (it can only be achieved by standing up and sitting down), so the distance between the two units and the recording engineer can be kept the same by placing the speaker vertically , regardless of whether the sound engineer is in the middle. In this way, this can be avoided in the speaker.


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