I’ve just purchased these cheap speakers for the studio.
They probably sound terrible, I would imagine muddy without much definition, hardly any low end and probably no high end either with the lack of proper tweeters.
So why on earth did I buy them I hear you say? What actual use are these going to be in a studio where you need clear, balanced and honest sounding monitors?
Good question…Let me explain.
When mixing songs I use good quality monitors. This gives me a good level of detail on what each instrument sounds like and what effect my work with compression, EQ and effect has on them.
I then reference my mixes on some bookshelf speakers (the type more hifi users would own) this allows me to hear my mix in a different way. Now I can here how the hifi tuned speakers affect my mix and make it sound. That way I can hear if it sounding good on both sets of speakers.
Now the same applies to mastering tracks but with more referencing this time. If I am mastering a track from a client I will start the mastering process on monitors to hear exactly what my changes are doing to the client’s mix. I then proceed to reference the master on bookshelf speakers, my car stereo and even ear bud (iPod type) headphones.
Now that is a reasonable amount of referencing and should allow for me to make adjustments where necessary to get a master sounding good on all of the above listening platforms.
But…some people have some pretty crappy systems like boom-boxes, portable speakers and docks etc.
So ‘Grotbox’ speakers (or just plain terrible speakers) are another method of referencing. I can play back a master on these cheap very low end speakers and get yet another perspective on a final master that is close to what a lot of people will listen on.
So waste of money buying cheap speakers? Not necessarily if you use them for the right purpose. Would I listen to music on these for my own pleasure, hell no! I can’t imagine it being very nice but that’s the whole point.