How to Setup Home Studio Monitors Correctly

Spending a lot of money on the best studio monitors and not using them to its full potential is just a waste. Therefore, if you already bought studio monitors...
How to setup your studio monitors

Spending a lot of money on the best studio monitors and not using them to its full potential is just a waste. Therefore, if you already bought studio monitors for home, then it is on you to use them correctly.

In order to get the most out of the studio monitors, we have prepared some instructions and guides to help you out. Check it out.

The Importance of The Positioning

Lots of people are not aware of the importance of the setup when it comes to the studio monitors. Not only that bad positioning will lead to bad sound quality, but also, there might be an unwanted noise or a buzz in the sound. Sometimes even the producers or artists don’t realize that good positioning is absolutely needed.

As for the sound quality, if you don’t setup your studio monitors in the correct order, there will definitely be unbalanced sounds and mix will be off. All of these things can and will be avoided if you set up the speakers and studio monitors in the right way.

Now, let’s see some important steps you probably need to follow to get the best sound quality by positioning the studio monitors correctly.

How to Position Your Speakers

First of all, you need to ensure that your studio monitors are in the right place. This place is not a single spot in the room, it is depending on the place you are sitting and the place where will you listen to the playback.

Therefore, the place where you sit should form an equilateral triangle with two studio speakers. That way you will get the best sound quality and a perfect and balanced level of the volume.

Now, the distance between the speakers and the distance from the speaker and your place should approximately be around 2-3 feet. It is important to know that this distance doesn’t need to be 2-3 feet every time. It depends on the type of the studio monitor as well.

There are studio monitors that have pretty high and strong volume, so it is recommended to push them a little bit behind. On the other hand, those studio monitors with the lower power of the volume should be a little bit closer, but never closer than 2-3 feet.

Tips For Making Your Studio Monitors Perform To Its Full Potential

Monitors need to be positioned against the longest wall

Setting up the monitors in the right order (triangle) can be a pretty hard thing to do if your room is not that big. Otherwise, you should always find a way for the correct positioning of the monitors.

In the situation where your room doesn’t have much space, it is the best option to position the monitors against the longest wall. That way your head position will be determined by the position of the monitors if you want to get the best sound quality.

Measure the distances correctly.

This step needs to be done with precision and patience. The distances are very important. Not only, the distance between your head and the studio monitors is important, but also the height and position of the studio monitor from the floor to the ceiling.

The best height of the studio monitors is slightly above your head. That way, you will be able to experience great sound quality without damaging your ears and hearing.

Also, measure the distance between the monitors and the side walls because it is important to leave them a little bit space. Furthermore, the distance should be the same for both studio monitors.

Be sure there is a space between the monitors and a rear wall

This is also very important because the bass frequencies that go the both ways. If the monitor is too close to the rear wall, the sound will travel backward and reflect off the rear wall. You probably want to avoid this because there will be unbalanced sound quality because of the reflected bass sound.

The problem will occur when the reflected bass sound recombines with the direct sound and really ruin the quality of the sound in general.

One of the solutions to this problem is to build the monitor directly on the wall. But not everyone is able to do that. Therefore, this solution is a little bit tricky to do.

The best solution is to make a big separation between the monitors and the wall. This shouldn’t be a problem to do since you just need to move the monitors away from the wall.