How to Position Studio Monitors

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Getting the best sound from your monitors requires you to solve two problems. The first is figuring out where to place the monitors for maximum audio response--- and this is easily accomplished with few simple measurements, a bit of expanded foam and patience. The second is to find the best position for you to receive the benefit of that placement. You want to eliminate distortion at low frequencies and keep the bass response clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Expanded foam (2-1/4 in x 2 ft x 2 ft)
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors

Positioning Your Studio Monitors

  • Measure the length and width of your editing room, rounding up or down to the nearest foot.

  • Center your monitor speakers 1/3 of the distance from each side wall and 1/3 of the distance between the front and rear walls. To get the optimum sound levels from your monitor speakers, they must face the long way into a room. For example, if your editing room is 6-feet by 6-feet, the monitors should be 1-foot from each side wall and 2-feet from the rear wall.

  • Make sure the height of your monitors are at ear level when you are sitting in front of your editing console, and not angled toward you.

  • Center your seating position directly between the monitors. In stereo or multi-channel, such as HD editing, balanced sound in all channels is as critical as the video you are editing. Being seated slightly off-center can have a serious impact on your final edit.

  • Eliminate the subsonic rattle that comes with placing speakers on hard surfaces. Cut the expanded foam to the size of the bottom of your speakers or their stands and place underneath.

Tips & Warnings

  • A quality sound can only come from a quality speaker. Don't skimp on them. Look for speakers that also have their own power supply. And don't skimp on cables to connect them. Cheaper cables can emit RF buzz.
  • Do not use speakers that are powered by internal batteries. They do not give a true audio response and can emit hum that will interfere with setting levels in editing.

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