Musictech recently released its picks for the best of 2017 in several categories. This one was their pick for the best monitors of the year.
Though monitors are maybe not quite as vital in the voice over recording realm, they are absolutely crucial for serious music recording and mixing.
Yes, you can use headphones if you just can’t afford a pair of monitor speakers. But listening to your music through speakers will give you the best information about what is going on with your recording. The more accurate the better.
- The top pick was Genelec’s The One – which is really a line of 3 models of speakers. Musictech reviewed the SAM 8331 and 8341 models. These are “SAM” speakers, which stands for “Smart Active Monitor.” They can be calibrated to your specific room, which can really help offset some of the acoustic problems home studios often have.
- Their “highly commended” monitors were the Focal “Shape 65” speakers.
- Though the Genelec’s were the highest rated by reader voting, some of the reviewers, themselves, thought the Shape 65s were better. they’re also cheaper than the Genelec’s. One reviewer said “I’m hearing things in these mixes that I hadn’t noticed before.”
Both of these picks will allow you to hear critical detail in your mixes that will allow you to make music that sounds great no matter where your fans are listening to your music – headphones, car, Sonos, whatever. You cannot go wrong.