A Method to SetUp a Near field Monitoring System With a Subwoofer for Mixing and Mastering.

Last Update: 11/14/2013

A Method to SetUp a Near field Monitoring System With a Subwoofer for Mixing and Mastering.

1)      Set up full range speakers and sub into proper positions and get basic volume settings by ear. Setting sub volume to barely fill out the low frequencies.

2)      Connect a real time analyzer to the input of the computer interface and turn on the pink noise.

3)      Route the input thru the software you normally use and set the pink noise input to zero db in the software.

4)      Route the pink noise to the outputs of the interface. Verify there are no losses or gains in volume from input to output.

5)      Place a reference mic in the mix position, as if it was an audio engineer, to measure the pink noise.

6)      Paying close attention to the sub’s crossover frequency’s, adjust controls and filters on the back of the full range speakers and on the sub to achieve the flattest frequency response possible.

7)      This technique may also point out some deficiencies in the room’s design or lack of sound controlling panels/traps and speaker positioning. By revealing these shortcomings the process should  provide guidance in control room improvements as well as getting the sub into proper relationship to the near field speakers.

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