I hope you’re marvellously well! Today I want to share a studio monitor shootout I recently did with Vintage King.
When looking for a new set of studio monitors, testing, and reading reviews online, most of time you will find about 3-5 top contestants that would make good options. So how can you tell which of these speakers are the perfect fit for you?
With this video, I want to try to help you to answer that question: I visit Vintage Kings showroom in L.A. and we test 5 different sets of speakers in the mid – high-end segment. Each of these speakers have received great reviews and are go-to choices in this price range.
As a reference, I’m using a record I produced a while back, the song “Stages” by Vedera. The label had 3 of the greatest mixers of all time mix this song: Mark Endert, Spike Stent and Serban Ghenea. I chose this song, because I know it inside out and I also attended Spike Stent’s mixing session, so I have a really good idea of what it sounds like.
In the shootout producer/mixer Alex Oana and I point out the different tonal characteristics of each of the speakers, their optimal use and benefits depending on the style of music you’re working in. We also and discuss which speakers we would prefer in a producing/recording vs. mixing environment.
Alex shares great insights into different factors that will impact the sound of your monitors: Speaker placement, room treatment and size, different monitor designs and cabinet characteristics, 2 way speakers vs. 3 way speakers and more.
It was a very informative tour and I learnt a lot myself! You can watch the shootout below:
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Overall I was very impressed with all of the speakers we tested. In the end it comes down to your personal needs and preferences.
I hope this shootout helps you to make a great decision when picking up your next pair of studio monitors!
Have a marvellous time recording and mixing,