Studio or Synth Monitors?

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Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by StevenO » Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:29 am

I'm looking for some relatively inexpensive monitors to play my synths through. I don't need anything too fancy, just something decent. I had been using external computer speakers previously, but I have pretty much since blown those so looking to get something a bit more robust.

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by Zork » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:10 am

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I think that would be suitable.

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by StevenO » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:21 am

Might not fit in my bedroom, though. Anything a little cheaper and more compact?

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by mbene085 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:28 am

What's your budget, how big a room are you playing in, and what purposes are you going to use them for (e.g. mixing vs listening to music for pleasure)?

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by StevenO » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:31 am

I'll be using them literally for just playing my synths through something for fun, not for performance or anything like that. I'm not really sure about budget as I don't really know the price range available. Playing through guitar and bass amps tend to provide too much "character" to the original sound of my synths.

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by eggwheat » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:50 am

Don’t know..but synths generate the ultimate speaker destroying frequencies :)

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by BearBoy » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:40 am

Roland do a range of keyboard amplifiers that shouldn't colour your sound in the way a guitar/bass amp would:

https://www.roland.com/us/categories/am ... mplifiers/

I run my synths through some Tannoy Reveal monitors (via a mixer), which sounds fine to my ears and plenty loud enough for home use.

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by shadowplay » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:46 am

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by Telliot » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:32 am

Personally, I find amps to be harsh with synths. I'd definitely go with a decent pair of powered studio monitors that are capable of handling the bass frequencies.
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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by StevenO » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:40 am

eggwheat wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:50 am
Don’t know..but synths generate the ultimate speaker destroying frequencies :)
Don't I know it! :fp:

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by StevenO » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:42 am

Man, monitors are pricey! Not really looking to be spending around a grand for a pair of them...

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by Dok » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:21 pm

These new Adam monitors were reviewed rather favorably in the new Tape Op. I'd get the bigger ones if you can afford them - $500 a pair!

https://tapeop.com/reviews/gear/128/t5v-t7v-monitors/
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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by echobaseone » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:46 pm

I would think 8" powered monitors would work pretty well for synths. JBL308s or Presonus Eris seem a reasonable expense.

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by StevenO » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:19 am

The Presonus Eris speakers look more in my budget. Been looking at Edifer too. I don't play LOUD, I just want something that can handle the lows without crapping out. If I could get a pair for less than $250, I'd be pretty happy. At the price range, is it even worth it?

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Re: Studio or Synth Monitors?

Post by Larry Mal » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:37 am

The KRK Rokit monitors would probably serve you well and they don't cost a lot... they also have an optional subwoofer if you decide to add that later.
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