Franklin Taggart is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, recording engineer and record producer based in Silver Spring, MD. He's played guitar since 1975 and has been involved in some aspect of performing, recording and composing ever since then. He also is a well known guitar teacher in the Washington, DC area. He has been nominated for many WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association, winning the Traditional Folk Instrumentalist category in 2001. His first CD Falling All the Way has received excellent reviews from a variety of sources and was also nominated for seven WAMMIE's.
Home Recording Studio Monitors and Headphones
Recording engineer Franklin Taggart demonstrates how to create a home recording studio, including how to choose monitors and headphones.
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Franklin Taggart: Hi, I am Franklin Taggart. I am here to talk about setting up your own Home Recording Studio. The next segment in our video series is on monitors and headphones. Your monitor, speakers and your headphones are a very important piece of your Home Studio and in deciding which one is to use, it is important to take into consideration the size of the room that you are working in and also whether or not the monitor speakers that you use need to have powered from an amplifier in order to work. Most of the time, you can find adequate near-field monitors for use in a Home Recording situation that are powered, they have their own amplifiers built in that will save space and it also will make the consistency better between the speakers because they have their own amplifier. The other thing to consider is, the frequency range of the speakers that you use. The frequency range can be anywhere from 5 Hz on up to 25,000 Hz or higher. It is really the best to find speaker setup or a headphone setup that has the best frequency response, the widest frequency response. These particular headphones are rated for between 5 Hz and 25,000 Hz. They are very good for recording acoustic instruments and they are extraordinarily comfortable for long periods of time. They also provide a pretty good image so that you can do a rudimentary mix in your headphones which is a really good thing for late night recording sessions, especially if you have got roommates or other people around. The monitors that I have are also rated for 8 Hz to 22,000 Hz. They are 6 inch woofers with a integrated tweeter. The size of your monitor is totally up to you. Keep in mind that the smaller monitors sometimes have a limited base response because of the size of their woofer cone. So, if you can find one that will give you the kind of base response that you need, that is probably the best kind of monitor for you. Some smaller monitors need to have a sub-woofer in order to be evenly balanced between the base, the mids and the treble. So, do some shopping around and if you have a chance to listen to the monitors before you buy them, I strongly urge you to take that opportunity to listen because it is totally a matter of your taste. If you hear a monitor that you like, that is the monitor for you. Monitors are available now, starting in there are some monitors now that sell for around $250 new! You can find monitors you use to any of this equipment. You can find used for usually about half the price that you will pay for it new. So, you can really get into these monitors and headphones for a little bit of money and it is going to help you to have the very best quality recordings possible. So, go find monitors and headphones that fit your situation in the very best possible way and get them connected and get recording. Thanks.