So you’ve got the perfect studio speakers that promise power and accuracy for your audio recording, mixing or listening projects. You’ve got the mighty state-of-the-art equipment sitting in your studio, getting ready to take your work to greater heights. But here’s the tricky part: regardless of the advanced, professional sound machines you equip your studio with, none of your goals will be achieved—in fact, they can be crippled in some fashion—without putting your speakers in spots where they should be, and we mean literally.
Speaker positioning is an age-long principle that impacts the sound quality you get out of your listening environment. Knowing which specific area in your studio your speakers should be, and with measurements taken into account, can make a world of difference.
Why is speaker placement integral to maximizing the capabilities of your studio speakers? Next to the equipment themselves, the room is the most influential factor to achieving either accurate or flawed sound quality. Place your speakers just about everywhere and everything can go wrong. Position them close to walls and get shut-in and boomy sound; place them near in the corner spots and the sound becomes more pronounced. All these placement considerations, however, will also have to take into account the size of your speakers and their bass levels.
It is worth mentioning that room reflections have a significant impact on the frequency response of the sound you are hearing. The top-of-the-line studio monitors you purchased may feature a flat frequency response curve. No thanks to poor setup of your speakers in relation to the space they are occupying, what you’ll hear instead are frequency peaks and valleys as well as muddied-up audio because of room reflections. As a result, you find it extremely difficult to get your EQ and levels right.
Proper placement is the immediate way for you to truly make the most out of the best studio speakers you’ve picked. Every audio mixer and sound engineer knows there are certain rules that apply and steps that are necessary to ensure that studio speakers deliver the quality that you expect.
Aiming for optimum sound requires work; it entails pulling your speakers from the wall until you get a good tonal balance. Learning the basics of setting up your studio speakers in a typical room is important. And because every studio is different, knowing how to compromise the circumstance of your listening environment gives you great advantage. Here are the steps you can take to achieve the correct speaker placement in your studio.