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Unread 12-15-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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Monitors on a budget.

I am in need of some open back headphone monitors and maybe some desk-top monitors for my recordings. Thoughts? Ideas?

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Unread 12-15-2015, 10:43 AM   #2
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I'm looking, maybe at like these for the desk-tops:
Akai Professional RPM3 Production Monitors with USB Audio Interface | Musician's Friend
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Unread 12-15-2015, 10:48 AM   #3
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Also, I may just go with just headphones, apparently these are super nice for the budget, and I'm trying to keep my costs as low as possible. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-a...dio-headphones

These also apparently come highly recommended http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...3IJRKOE4YUOZFT

Found them recommended here: http://ehomerecordingstudio.com/best...io-headphones/

And the first pair can be found way cheaper than MF's even on sale. I'm getting really close to being done with MF for good.
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Unread 12-15-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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Honestly, if you're willing to save up for a little while longer, the Beyerdynamic DT-990-PRO are an ideal set of open-back headphones for a budget home studio musician.

Reasons to save up and get better headphones:

1. Editing. Spend around $150 or more and you're prone to get something that'll actually be useful for doing editing of single tracks.
2. Mixing. I wouldn't recommend headphone-only mixing in the $150-$300 headphone range, but something in that range will certainly give you a less-muddied representation of what's going on.
3. Accuracy. You want to hear the little details in your sound. If you can't hear it while you're editing and mixing, somebody else may later on and wonder "jeeze why didn't he catch this?"


Personally, I use the ATH-M50X from Audio Technica, and I find them to be great, albeit a bit suction cup-like on my ears.

In terms of desktop monitors, I'd recommend scouring your local used gear shops. I found a pair of Alesis M1 Active MK2 for $185.
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I'm a big fan of my Yamaha monitors (HS5s), I've been through most of the "cheap" monitor options, and these have been my favorites (Tannoy 502's were also pretty great).

Love my Audio Technica ATH-M50x's I bought, but also love the Beyer 880s. They're not "open" defiantly more closed, but I've found them much more useful that way.
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Ben toast ... you described my set up! I needed stuff on the cheap but was leary of buying junk. The result was:
A pair of DT990 headphones, a focustrite 2i2 (because of the precision converters), and a set of Alesis M1 actives.

And ... a lot of broadband soundproofing.
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