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BlondeStrat
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Jul 21st, 2017 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a pretty nice computer in the music room. I intend to eventually get myself set up to do some simple recording.

Aside from any future recording this computer is my primary source for listening to anything in the music room generated through the computer via YouTube or whatever. The standard tiny computer speakers just don't cut it well any way you want to look at it. Sound quality is poor at best plus the room is pretty big.

I had considered getting a couple of these (link below) and just running RCA cables from the computer to a pair of speakers. It seems to me the set up doesn't get much easier than that. Also thinking two speakers so I can separate them in the room and hopefully have two separated channels for stereo recordings.

I can get this particular speaker for about $130.00 each right now (pretty cheap) ... I just don't know enough to know if this is even a decent approach.

I'm sure as is usually the case, the more I am willing to spend the better sound quality I can expect

I do also realize it's more power than I need, but I don't need to run them at full blast either.

Guidance appreciated ... even if it needs to be a completely different approach.

If you recommend a completely different approach I'd like to know why it needs to be different.

I'm certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer on this stuff. ;)

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Jul 21st, 2017 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd be looking at mid-size studio monitors.

Mackie, KRK, etc.

You won't have the ridiculous power of that sort of thing, but you'll have much better fidelity.

I have a pair of Mackie MR5s in one room, MR8s in the other, both rooms just under 300 each.

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Jul 21st, 2017 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wouldn't use powered PA speakers for this purpose. I'd use studio monitors. In the event you record and mix down SMs will give you a much more realistic playback to tune your mix. They will also sound much better at normal listening volumes for your Youtube playback, Cds etc.

Those PA units are kind of bottom of the line will lack low end and have to be pretty well cranked to sound balanced. Might be ok for performance but not good for studio monitor use.

I'm using an old pair of Event 20/20 passive monitors for my recording. I have a small 50w/channel Haffler amp I use to power them. I have a lot more invested than your two powered PA speakers but prices have come down hugely in monitors and sound has improved. For your budget you will have a very nice pair of powered monitors for your studio.

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Jul 21st, 2017 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK thanks guys.

It sounds like my approach is fine, but speaker choice needs to be different.

Many of the studio monitors I have looked at seem pretty small.

Will a pair of the 8" version on these do a good job of filling a 15' X 21' room with quality sound?

Looks like the Mackie MR8 can be connected with the same RCA cables I planned to use ... still very simple in that regard.

Sorry if any of this sounds a bit stupid, I just don't have any experience with this. :(

Edited to add: Anything under $300.00 for a pair is good pricing for my taste and budget.

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 07:52 PM, Jul 21st, 2017)

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I just picked up a pair of KRK Rokit 5's and they are wonderful, kinda pricey but I bought mine at pawn for about half the price. They are powered and work great with the computer and daw.

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Jul 21st, 2017 07:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you don't want large cabs,

these powered Yamaha monitors kick A.

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Jul 21st, 2017 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Geno, I was in Guitar Center the other day looking at what it would take to get things set up.

They indicated Yamaha was the best they had right now.



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Jul 21st, 2017 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't be fooled by the size on a lot of these.

You're not filling a room full of people packed to capacity.

If it sounds good, it is good!

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Jul 22nd, 2017 01:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

http://www.guitarcenter.com/JBL/LSR305-5-Powered-Studio-Monitor.gc#reviews


http://www.guitarcenter.com/JBL/LSR308-8-Powered-Studio-Monitor.gc#reviews

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Jul 22nd, 2017 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Don't be fooled by the size on a lot of these."

Yes, in this particular case I think I am letting exactly that happen.

I think I will want to stick to the 8" versions, can't get past being fooled just a little bit. ;)

Short of finding a used pair or some unexpected super duper deal I might need to adjust my acceptable price range more up to the $400.00 to $450.00 range


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Jul 22nd, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

GC should have its usual return policy.

If you want more bass, add subwoofer.

Test them in your space, see if they work, what they're missing.

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Jul 22nd, 2017 07:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

15 x 21 is a *great* size for a music room. I'm absolutely jealous!
Although my home-recording experience is limited, I agree with the others about studio monitors vs PA speakers being more appropriate and sufficient.

Another consideration to make is the room itself.
What is physically going to "fill" the room? (like how much, and what kind of stuff)
Are you going to use acoustic treatment?
Will you be setting it up for live multitrack recording?

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BlondeStrat
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Jul 22nd, 2017 09:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Mick.

Below is a link to the room.

It has pretty good acoustics. I've installed curtains purely to calm the sound in the room (there are no windows behind any of the curtains).

Also some sound panels (the black panels) up on the walls. It has a vaulted ceiling, so it's not a complete cube.

The speakers will be separated across the long wall ... the wall with the Carvin amp there in the middle.

The Room ... click on the image to stop the motion and zoom around manually

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 11:25 PM, Jul 22nd, 2017)

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Jul 22nd, 2017 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

VERY cool!
I remember (now) when you were building that!
Curtains are a surprisingly good and economical method for taming a lively room.
Looks like the monitors are all you need now!

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Jul 22nd, 2017 09:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You may recall, you linked me to some very good information on acoustic treatment and how many common surface materials affect sound in a room.

It was helpful education for me to have right then.

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Jul 22nd, 2017 11:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ahhh yeah, it's coming back to me now!

Old-timers disease!

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