Studio monitor speakers are specially designed speakers. They are created with crystal clear clarity and a flat response in mind. While standard stereo, car and Hi Fi speakers are designed to boost certain frequencies for radio music or movies, studio monitors are meant to give a “true” representation of the sounds coming out of them.
Anyone who wants to become a professional DJ should seriously consider investing in a pair of studio monitors. They really help to lift your mixing game. This is because they really allow you to hear subtle variations in your high, mid and low frequency ranges as you mix. As you cut the bass from a track you’ll really be able to hear what’s happening in the mix. The same goes for boosting mids or highs. Let’s take a look at how to choose studio monitor speakers to up your DJ skills.
5 or 8-inches?
Studio monitors generally come in either 5 or 8-inch sizes. The size of the room you are practicing in will really determine which size you should choose. Those mixing in a small bedroom, backyard studio or other small space would probably be better of with a smaller set of monitors. Whereas those practicing their skills in a large bedroom, lounge room or bungalow would be better off with 8-inch monitors.
Bass response is also worth thinking about. 5-inch speakers don’t give a good representation of low end, and often mean that you’ll need to invest in a separate sub-woofer. Whereas 8-inch speakers give more emphasis on the low end.
This is the other main factor. How much you have to spend will determine your available choices. For those on a limited budget, we recommend something like the KRK Rokit 5’s. These are almost industry-standard studio monitors that offer flat response without completely breaking the bank.
For those with a bit more to spend, Event monitors are a good option. These sleek, top of the line studio monitors offer truly neutral feedback, and will reveal things in your mix.
It’s worth mentioning that even the best studio monitors can’t give an accurate representation of sound in an acoustically untreated room. For those mixing in bedrooms and corners of their homes, investing in some basic acoustic treatment is a nice complement to a pair of studio monitors. If you’re interested, here is a good place to start!