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    Default What are good speakers for audio editing/mixing?

    I am looking for a good pair of speakers to do mixing in, but not sure what is the best for my price. For example there are some 50 watt speakers I saw on sale from logitech, that is the Z313 brand. But is this good for this type of task, for comparing to how a movie will sound on other people's speakers, especially for releasing to film festivals?

    https://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_1mrx9evzu0_e

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    Shop for "Near Field Monitors" instead of speakers. They will give you a more accurate representation. Position them according to the manufacturers instructions. You'll also have to take into consideration the room you are mixing in. It will most likely need acoustic treatment to provide a flat and not overly reflective environment. For example, if your room is "bassy" you will compensate by turning down the lows in your audio. When you play your movie in other rooms, it may sound lacking in bass.

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    Yep, make your mixing room like a studio.


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    Okay thanks. I'm not sure where to look when it comes to near field monitors though. Like what price range is the cheapest for some ones where you can tell how the movie should sound?

    Like what about these ones?

    https://www.avshop.ca/recording-stud...BoCNHwQAvD_BwE


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    KRK are respected. Those only go down to 45Hz so you'd probably want a sub-woofer. Where to look - I guess the usual music supply stores like Sweetwater, Musicians Friend and etc. Don't know what price range will give you the most bang for the buck. I moved and updated my music studio four years ago. Back then I bought Mackie HR824 Mk2.

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    Okay thanks. What about the ones I posted before here:

    https://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_1mrx9evzu0_e

    Are they speakers or near field monitors, or would they be good for the job?


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    Okay thanks. What about the ones I posted before here:

    https://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_1mrx9evzu0_e
    That link didn't bring up monitors for me. If you're asking about the KRK monitors you posted before, see my previous post. OH wait, I see you mean the Logitech. Looks like those are multi-media computer speakers. Not really suited to professional mixing applications.

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    Sorry about that for some reason, the exact page doesn't come when I copy and paste the link. Well the speakers I am talking about are the Logitech Z313, with the subwoofer. Is that good for mixing at all?


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    I wouldn't think for a professional application that they would be good for mixing.

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    Yeah but they are on sale... It's just the professional stuff is more costly, and I would like to put my budget towards other movie making things as well... So what is the minimum price I am looking at around or the cheapest monitors?

    Or do you think maybe it's best to hypothesize as while doing the mixing, and then take the whole movie and the mix to a studio, play it back through there system, and see if it the whole thing sounds good, after the mixing is already done... and then if there are any corrections to be made, make notes, go home and make them, and then come back to the studio, and play it back again?


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    I would say for the best results don't try to mix at home at all. It won't go well with cheap speakers. And if you do invest in professional monitors, there's still the need to acoustically treat your room which is more time and money. Going back and forth making corrections doesn't make sense either. Bring your project to a pro studio with an experienced engineer and get it done right the first time.

    This is coming from an audio professional, not a film maker. Maybe the filmmakers here have other advice to offer. Good luck!

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    Okay thanks. But so far getting engineers to do it, hasn't gone well with me. Whenever I do it, the engineer doesn't really make a lot of time to work with me, and they do it on their own and then it's done, with half the sound effects you want, missing. I try to make arrangements on doing it in sections, but they circumvent that and want to rush it fast as possible.

    Even the last short film I did, the engineer left out a lot of sound effects, and there were other sound effects permanently stuck to the soundtrack, that I didn't even ask for, that didn't even fit the movie I felt.

    So I would like to a lot of it myself, as I just put more time into it, compared to someone else doing it. What if I just put it all the sound effects already, and tell the engineer that he/she can work on making those sound effects, sound better, but he can't add anything new?

    Is that better, or would he/she, feel like he's being micromanaged that way?


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    Whenever I do it, the engineer doesn't really make a lot of time to work with me,...and want to rush it fast as possible.
    I'm going to take a guess and say that you are asking him or her to work on your project for free?

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    They were paying, but one was for an audio engineer student's class assignment.


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    Hopefully as things progress for you in the future, you'll be in a position to work with higher quality equipment and more experienced professionals...

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    M-AUDIO BX-5 or BX-8

    I got the bx-8 and they never failed to me.

    Also you need Headphones.


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    Most importantly What's your budget?


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