Author : Roey Izhaki
Published : Focal Press
Before really getting down to brass tacks chapter 7, informs us of the importance of a good monitoring system. Ihzaki states "an accurate monitoring environment is an absolute mixing requisite". In other words, being able to accurately reproduce songs and instruments in our own environment is paramount.
Chapter 7 opens the more technical subject of studio monitors. While this is indeed an interesting and important aspect of how our sound environment is created the importance is less so if we have already purchased and are using studio monitors. We can therefore move quite quickly through this part of the chapter. That said, do take note of the interesting historical notes about the famed NS10s and Aurotone monitors.
Room modes are also covered along with explanations for standing waves, flutter echo and early reflections. The subject of room mode is as wide as it is deep but there is enough of an explanation here to make any novice aware of what may or may not be going on in their home or bedroom setup. And provide a great starting point for identifying and tackling the main issues of room mode.
Monitor position is also discussed. The famous equilateral triangle setup is presented in diagram form along with notes on the listening position, monitor distances, orientation and damping.
This particular chapter takes us into the realm of metering. Meters provide visual indications of audio and audio processing and are invaluable devices in professional and home studios. In this chapter amplitude and level are distinguished as well as an informative rundown of Peak Hold, Peak level and Clip indicators.
The section provides further explanations of Peak meters, Average meters, and phase meters.
Back in 2009, I bought myself a copy of Pro Tools and recorded some home made music. It was challenging to start with, as I had no idea what I was doing. I made many mistakes on my journey - some fun, some expensive, and many time-consuming! I find running a Home Music Studio a fascinating and rewarding hobby and still enjoy it every day. This website is where I’d like to share everything that I’ve learned.