Back in the days studio monitors were known to be used inside a studio. In today’s world, that has changed as studio monitors can be used to setup a home theatre system. There are basically two types of studio monitors than can be used along with a stereo system. These are the passive speakers (non-powered) that depend on a power supply, a mixer or amplifier and the active speakers (powered) that have an in-built amplifier and must be connected to a power outlet. Irrespective of their stature, these speakers are capable of connecting to the computer in the same way.
When setting up studio monitors to a computer, the choice and usage of the studio monitors is very essential. It’s possible to connect studio monitors directly to your computer but to get the best and quality performance out of them, you should put into consideration getting an audio interface. The audio interface will simply give you the best sound quality you need.
If you have these equipments ready, let’s look at how you can set up an all together system.
You will need;
· An amplifier
· Studio monitors speakers (If you want to learn more about best studio monitors reviews, you can read more here: Studio Monitors HQ)
· 2 speaker wire (XLR cables)
- First, place the monitors at a distance depending on the size of your room. Find out the main XLR (left and right) outputs on your audio interface usually located at the back. Check for the XLR inputs on your monitor speaker normally located on the back too. Your studio monitors will have the push clip labelled in different colour.
- Use the 2 XLR speaker wire/cables to plug on each monitor speaker’s push clip at the rear. Simply insert the wire into the push clip lever and release the lever. Connect the 2 XLR wire to the main XLR outputs of the audio interface. Make sure you’ve noted which colour goes where. There are two sets of connectors on the audio interface at the back.
- Connect the audio interface to your computer. You could be using a USB cable, FireWire or a Thunderbolt. A standard monitor speaker wire should be at least 20 gauge to handle a 40 and above watt amplifier.
- Install the audio interface to your computer once you’ve connected with your computer. The audio interface software will allow you to work with your computer. Once you’ve installed the software, select ‘Sound’ from ‘System Preferences’ on your computer and choose audio interface as output or input source in audio preferences. The gain level can be controlled from the audio interface using the gain knob.
Tips and Warning
- Power on the studio monitors, the audio interface and your computer from power outlet.
- To avoid resonances and irritating sound, treat your room. Place your studio monitors at head level directed to your ears.
- If you’re serious about recording or producing music at home or professionally, have the best studio monitors with good acoustics.
- After every session, remember to shut off your monitor speaker, audio interface and your computer.