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Newbie question about speakers.

Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by capnjim, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. capnjim

    capnjim

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    So I want to start doing some basic recording. I bought a M-audio M-trax interface here. I bought a decent mic as I want to mic my acoustic and amps.
    I think I can figure out the software and start recording.

    Here's where I am confused, whats the difference in Monitor and computer speakers?
    I realise monitors don't color your sound etc...but how do they get hooked up?

    I have a small space and don't have room for a mixer.
    My computer speakers are decent and I like the volume, bass, treble controls.
    Can monitor speaker be used for everyday computer use?
    We use our computer a lot for music with Youtube.
    I would like to get better quality sound, but I am not sure how to control the sound for basic computer use.
    Thanks
     
  2. hardasmum

    hardasmum Gold Member

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    Is this the interface you have now?

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    You just take the 1/4" main outputs from the interface and connect them to either powered monitors or your power amp / tuner / receiver.

    Not sure what computer you're using but on a Mac I can select what I want to output to my monitors. (YouTube, iTunes, Pro Tools etc)
     
  3. capnjim

    capnjim

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    Yes, that is the one I am getting.
    So I use the volume on the interface? I understand how it works for the interface, and using a mic or guitar, but I don't know how to use it for Youtube and general computer use.
    Will monitor speakers sound better than computer speakers for Youtube music?
    Thanks
     
  4. hardasmum

    hardasmum Gold Member

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    I'm not familiar with that interface but the "main level" knob will control the volume of tour speakers.

    Many YouTube videos have crappy sound quality to begin with but overall I would say yes, dedicated monitors would sound better than computer speakers.
     
  5. capnjim

    capnjim

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    So I don't need to hook it up with the computer outputs? Just the USB from the interface to the computer and they will be ready to go?
    Can anyone recommend a good set?
    I will probably buy from amazon, unless someone here has a pair they would sell.
     
  6. bzrkrage

    bzrkrage Gold Member

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  7. capnjim

    capnjim

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    Thanks guys, there are just so many to choose from in my price range. Its hard to pick.
     
  8. hardasmum

    hardasmum Gold Member

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  9. hardasmum

    hardasmum Gold Member

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    Whoops! Realize the earlier post was about Yorkville monitors and not the Yamaha ones.
     
  10. capnjim

    capnjim

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    I'm leaning towards the KRK's as well.
    Axemusic has them for 199$, free shipping, and the only charge one tax.
     
  11. micomela

    micomela

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    Bought recently a pair of ysm8 studio monitors tested them against other and my ear as well as my wife ( she has perfect pitch) tuoght they wrer sounding better than anything else
     

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