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The Studio SOS Book by Dave Lockwood, Hugh Robjohns, Paul White

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Chapter Three

Practical Monitoring Solutions

Having devoted a couple of chapters to the basic principles involved, it’s now time to see how they can be applied in a real situation. The procedure that follows is more or less the same as we adopt during a typical Studio SOS visit.

Before touching anything, the first thing to do is to play some familiar commercial recordings over the monitor system and simply listen. Is the stereo imaging good? Are the speakers wired out of phase? Is the bass end even? We also check out the choice of speakers to ensure they are suitable for the room. In smaller rooms, large speakers with an extended bass response can cause problems that practical basstrapping solutions can’t address in the space available. In such ...

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