Essential Gear Needed to Make Beats

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From my experience, for creating beats, you’ll want an 8″ speaker.

I first started with 5″ reference monitor speakers, and was so disappointed in the bass response from them.

I then purchased a subwoofer, and that was a huge help to allow me to hear everything inside my mix.

But because the 5″ speakers weren’t able to reach lower frequencies very well, the subwoofer had to compensate and reach into the higher frequencies of the low-end to compensate for the 5″ speaker’s weak low-end.

And best practice for a subwoofer is to adjust the cross over on both speakers and subwoofer to allow each unit to perform best at their designed frequency space.

That’s when I decided to get an 8″ speaker.

Now you can get away with two 8″ speakers, and that will allow you to hear your mix pretty well, but again, having a subwoofer allows the sub to work the low-end and your 8″ speaker to work in it’s best frequency range.

Again, that’s what I’ve found over the years. 8″ speakers and a subwoofer, and you’ve got a really good setup.

But there’s a couple things you have to factor in:

  • Does your area allowed for loud noise/bass?
  • Will 8″ speakers fit in your area?
  • Do you make music enough to justify the cost?
  • Will buying headphones give you good enough results if this is just a hobby for you?

What’s the Point of Reference Monitor Speakers?

The whole goal of mixing your music is having an end-result which translates to any audio system.

If you listen to that song on ear buds, on a TV, through headphones, or in a big theater system, for the most part, the song will translate very well.

But if the speakers you are listening to your music to skew the frequency response by increasing bass or the highs which aren’t really in the song, you can be making mixing decisions which don’t help your mix!

That’s the point of these reference monitor speakers.

They’re supposed to give us a flat frequency response.

We don’t want these speakers enhancing our song. We want to be able to hear the music as it is, so we can tweak and adjust accordingly and help the track evolve into a masterpiece!

One last thing I will mention is that speaker technology has come a long way.

Most of the reference monitor speakers you’ll see available for purchase will probably give you pretty good results.

But the biggest factor, even bigger than your speakers, is actually the room you are mixing in.

If the room has lots of echos, or is shaped a weird way so that it’s actually boosting or cutting frequencies because of nulls, that again will influence poor mixing decisions.

So you’ll want to look into acoustic treatment to help treat your room so you can actually mix accurately.

There is the do-it-yourself approach to acoustic treatment or you can buy products from companies.

And finally, there is a big difference between acoustic treatment and sound-proofing.

Sound proofing is avoiding noise from getting in, and sometimes getting out, of your music environment.

Acoustic treatment is controlling the audio within your music environment; this would be first-reflection points and the corners of your room where bass tends to build up!

Lots of reading for you to do, but I hope this helps!

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