Studio Monitor is the essential part of a recording studio. Whether it’s a home studio or a professional one you must have a good pair of sound monitors for the best reference of your recorded sound.
If you don’t have a good pair of studio monitor you can’t produce a fairly mixed project. As a recordist and a mixing engineer, I think that a good pair of studio monitors are very important equipment for a recording studio.
But good product demands a good investment. Right?
There are many good studio monitors are available in the market which can fit in your pocket. Ya, they are in your budget.
Let’s have a look at 5 best Studio Monitor pieces.
KRK RP5G3-NA Rokit 5 Powered Studio Monitor (Generation 3)
We all know about KRK monitors. They are a leader in studio monitors. I personally use KRK studio monitor in my studio as it gives us the crystal clear sound with no added species.
In sound mixing a crystal clear dry sound is very important for a good mix. We can’t mix music properly with a premixed sound which a compromised quality monitor gives us.
KRK is famous for its 99% dry sound quality. Have a look at the features of this studio monitor.
- KRK Rokit 5 G3 is two-way active studio monitor with 50-watt power on each side, means you will get overall 100-watt power for a pair.
- This monitor has inbuilt bi-amped class A/B amplifier which gives you more headroom with low distortion.
- The amazingly designed silver dome tweeters provide you extra clarity up to 35kHz.
- If you are aware of the speaker technology you would know that tweeter covers a wide range of sound frequency in the spectrum so a good quality tweeter is very very important for a good mix. KRK Rokit 5 G3 can give you that clarity.
- It has 5-inches glass-aramid composite woofer which provides clarity in midrange spectrum which is also an important thing for studio speakers.
- the 5 inches woofer gives you a punchy bass with which you can hear your bass guitar and kick drums very well and give them a better room in your mix.
- In backside, we get HF trim, LF trim controls, a standard power switch and volume knob.
- You can connect 1/4″ TRS/XLR balanced jack and also unbalanced RCA which is a good alternative input feature.
Here is a video review of this monitor. have a look
Price – $299
PreSonus Eris E3.5-3.5″ Professional Reference Monitor
Presonus Eris E3.5 is an enter grade monitor and it is ideal for newbies. If you are a newbie and wanna set up your home studio with low range equipment then this monitor would be in your equipment list.
I think it is the cheapest monitor on the planet. It is ideal for home studios when you are not doing a serious mix. Let’s have look on some features of this cheapest studio monitor.
- This tiny monitor will fit in a small space so is quite useful for small home studios.
- But don’t underestimate it as it has 70-watt RMS power which is high then other 5 inches monitors.
- It is equipped with 5.25″ woven Kevlar driver and 1″ silk dome tweeter which gives you a powerful bass frequency along with crystal clear high frequencies.
- It has a built-in crossover around 3kHz gives you more mid-range frequencies.
- In backside we get Acoustic Space controls along with MF trims, HF trims, Low Cut controls. Acoustic Space control is used for a semi-acoustic room.
Here is a video review which can help you to go into more detail before purchasing this.
Price – $99.95
Mackie CR3 CR Series 3″ Creative Reference Studio Monitor
Mackie is a known name in the audio industry. Generally, Mackie produces analog and digital mixers but they are very active in studio monitor productions too.
Mackie CR3 is a low range monitor and it is also the best alternative for your home studio. You can consider it as an alternative to Presonus Eris E3.5. With a sleek design, it has a green outline on the tweeters and woofers which gives it a professional look.
Ok, now have a detail of its features.
- It is a small monitor and doesn’t take much space so we can place it on our recording table easily.
- It has a 3-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter.
- The good thing is that it has a built-in amplifier which makes it an active monitor.
- The speaker power is 50-watt which is high enough for a small room studio.
- I/O cluster includes balanced RCA along with a set of balanced/unbalanced 1/4“ TRS ports.
- The only demerit is, the amplifier is built in master monitor and you have to connect the slave monitor. This is an annoying situation when you want to use your monitor in satellite position.
Watch this video review for a better understanding.
Price – $79.99
As a recordist and mixing engineer, I would always prefer a good brand because they deliver as close as you aspect. You will never get disappointed by purchasing good brand equipment.
The reason is simple. They research a lot before releasing a product.
In the above 3 studio monitors, I always prefer to purchase KRK RP5G3. I know these monitor pairs a bit high in cost but for best result, you should invest a little bit more on your equipment. If you like this review share this to your social circle and if you have any questions regarding the comment box is waiting for your questions.
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Gautam Roy is a professional Blogger and Freelance Mix Engineer from India. He loves leading looks, listening to music and travelling.