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post Dec 31 2012, 09:01 PM
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post Jan 14 2013, 11:07 PM
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QUOTE (Bogdan Radovic @ Dec 26 2012, 10:36 PM) *
I have a Mac with 4 GB - it works well for music I have produced on it (check my signature). Some projects were really demanding with lots of VSTs, tracks etc. I think its a very good platform and quality of Macs is just great!

One detail : audio interface and sound card are 1 same thing. With Mac you'll need to go external (USB or Firewire) and the audio interface you get will allow you to use it for everything on the computer (listening to music, recording, playing games smile.gif ).

Cheaper options that work decent are POD Studio GX, UX1 and also any newer interface from M-Audio, Focusrite will do well.

If you have a separate system (amp+speakers) and you wish you use those specific speakers, you can easily connect output from your audio interface to the amp of the sound system. Quality will be as good as the weakest link in the setup smile.gif

If you have some other speakers, like powered monitor speakers (KRK Rokit5 etc) - it would make sense to skip the "hi-fi audio system amp" as you don't need it (in this case it would just ruin the quality of the sound).

So I finally bought the mac and I got to say first impressions are awesome. Gonna get a presonus audio box to use with it too. Would you recommend buying a pair of studio monitors and not go through the separate amp on my stereo then? would that give me a better sound quality? Was thinking of the Tannoy reveal 501a if that was the case.
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post Jan 15 2013, 03:00 AM
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QUOTE (llibach @ Jan 14 2013, 10:07 PM) *
So I finally bought the mac and I got to say first impressions are awesome. Gonna get a presonus audio box to use with it too. Would you recommend buying a pair of studio monitors and not go through the separate amp on my stereo then? would that give me a better sound quality? Was thinking of the Tannoy reveal 501a if that was the case.

I can't personally speak for the Tannoy's but, using the best set of monitors you can afford will give you the "truest" soud. As the saying goes "what your speakers are good at, your mixes will be bad at."


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post Jan 15 2013, 09:57 AM
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QUOTE (llibach @ Jan 14 2013, 10:07 PM) *
... Would you recommend buying a pair of studio monitors and not go through the separate amp on my stereo then? would that give me a better sound quality? Was thinking of the Tannoy reveal 501a if that was the case.


Don't use your hifi amp if you can avoid it, whilst some hifi power amps are good enough to run passive monitors most are less than ideal.* For a home studio the better option is nearly always to use active monitors as you don't have to worry about matching the amp to the monitor.

* The sort of hi fi amps that are good enough to run studio monitors tend to be ones made by Krell, Cyrus, Martin Logan and so on. All are in the audiophile bracket of hi fi and are expensive. The more common hifi amps, ie Sony, Panasonic, Marantz, NAD etc aren't really suitable.


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QUOTE (vonhotch @ Jan 15 2013, 02:00 AM) *
I can't personally speak for the Tannoy's but, using the best set of monitors you can afford will give you the "truest" soud. As the saying goes "what your speakers are good at, your mixes will be bad at."


This! The better your monitors the more of a blank canvas you have to work on. Your speakers won't taint or color your sound, if you have good ones.


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No monitor is perfectly flat, transparent and neutral so all impart some colour smile.gif. The issue is arguably more how they do it and how much they do it by. Tannoy Reveals are fine for a home studio. I'm assuming the 5 in 501a refers to the size of the bass driver. If so it may start to roll off somewhere around 90Hz so you need to think about how you will hear the low frequencies..


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post Jan 15 2013, 06:54 PM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Jan 15 2013, 09:38 AM) *
No monitor is perfectly flat, transparent and neutral so all impart some colour smile.gif. The issue is arguably more how they do it and how much they do it by. Tannoy Reveals are fine for a home studio. I'm assuming the 5 in 501a refers to the size of the bass driver. If so it may start to roll off somewhere around 90Hz so you need to think about how you will hear the low frequencies..

My amp is a Marantz so I guess I'll invest in the monitors. The 5 does imply a 5 inch speaker but I do have a JBL woofer that I could match up to deal with the lower frequencies. Thanks for the help it's much appreciated I'm a bit clueless when it comes to these things. wink.gif
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Jan 15 2013, 09:38 AM) *
No monitor is perfectly flat, transparent and neutral so all impart some colour smile.gif. The issue is arguably more how they do it and how much they do it by. Tannoy Reveals are fine for a home studio. I'm assuming the 5 in 501a refers to the size of the bass driver. If so it may start to roll off somewhere around 90Hz so you need to think about how you will hear the low frequencies..


Totally true, just saying the cheaper they are the farther they are from being flat response. As you said, no monitor is truly flat, but the more expensive ones usually get you closer to flat response. After that it's more about how they color the sound, as you said.


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post Jan 31 2013, 04:58 AM
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It always come back to the money smile.gif The good news is, for home use, there are plenty of options that will let you get decent results for your home studio and allow you to learn as you go. Everyone has a fav, and most folks have some brands they hate. As with guitars, there are lots of choices and reasons why. But to keep things within a budget, you might look at these

1.)Rockit powered 6
2.)Adam 5
3.)Tannoy reveal
4.)alesis active mkII

none are high end and all of them really need to be paired with a MATCHED (same brand) subwoofer but you can get that later smile.gif

CRITICAL POINT FROM TONI

AVOID YOUR MARRANTZ AMP if possible. Get "ACTIVE" eg. powered monitors. That way the amp is built in smile.gif

P.S. COngrats on your mac!

QUOTE (vonhotch @ Jan 14 2013, 09:00 PM) *
I can't personally speak for the Tannoy's but, using the best set of monitors you can afford will give you the "truest" soud. As the saying goes "what your speakers are good at, your mixes will be bad at."


Well freakin g said!!!

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