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Studio monitors: Should we break them in and why?

The only measurements of speaker parameters made before and after alleged break-in periods I could find online support the notion that break-in is almost entirely a myth. The essence is that any ...
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Why do some guitar amps have control labels that are upside down when you are in front of the speaker?

I think (for what it's worth) that in the late 50s/early60s, amps were placed at the front of the stage. At least that's what we did! With open back cabs like the pictured one, it wasn't a problem, as ...
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What if i use Home theater instead of studio monitors for mixing at home?

As a beginner, you can use whatever you can lay your hands on. As you get more competent, you will start to see the failings in your structure & be more interested & knowledgeable in more ...
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Are studio monitors necessary for producing tracks?

You could produce tracks with some ordinary earbuds. It's just harder to know what exactly is going on in your mixes and whether it will translate well to other listening environments. It's general ...
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Why do guitar amps only use one type of speaker cone?

Hi fidelity reproduction of high frequencies is undesirable in electric guitar amplification. If you look at what actually comes out of a guitar amp, things get really messy around 5 - 6 kHz and then ...
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Do People and/or Robots Speak on Pitch and in Harmony with themselves?

There are some facts in this question, but they get tangled in some misunderstandings and assumptions. Let's see if we can sort them out: All sound has frequency—you can measure how far apart the ...
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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

To elaborate and visualize the previous answers a bit further, here's a legend: Amp/head: the device that amplifies the electrical signal. This is an electrical processor that does not produce ...
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What is the difference between the speaker in a bass amp and sub?

Yes, there can be a difference. The difference will depend on manufacture and quality however, and in some cases there may be no discernible difference. A speaker designed for a sub-woofer is made ...
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Do cabinets and speaker enclosures add the additional harmonic contents?

Simplistically-speaking, a speaker cabinet that is anywhere close to being well-designed shouldn't be adding significant amounts of new harmonic content (as in, frequencies that weren't there before). ...
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What is the difference between the speaker in a bass amp and sub?

When you ask if there's a difference in the "actual speakers" I assume you are talking about what, in speaker design parlance, are called the drivers, as opposed to the enclosure or cabinet. ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

You may absolutely use a spare guitar amplifier as your personal vocal monitor. Set the amp up clean (no Gain higher than 2, and the Bass, Middle, and Treble at 12 o'clock at first) and run the mono ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

Yes but... My covers band did exactly this for a year or so, until I could afford a couple of reasonable monitors. It certainly works, but there are issues. The most obvious problem is that a guitar ...
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Can an amplifier with only one output be wired in parallel?

It depends on the load requirements of the amplifier and the impedances of the speakers, neither of which you have specified. If the amplifier has a 4 ohm output transformer tap, or it is solid state ...
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How to connect headphone output to a "balanced" monitor speaker?

Yamaha HS5 has both balanced and unbalanced input, you can simply use the latter. If you're looking for other devices, some of them have a "combo" inputs, which may seem like XLR at first, ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You won't learn anything useful singing through studio monitors. Don't even bother. You will learn some useful things by singing through a powered PA top that is on its side in wedge configuration ...
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Why do guitar amps only use one type of speaker cone?

It's really quite simple. Your Hi-Fi stereo speakers are designed to produce the full range audio spectrum that might be found in recordings that you would play through your system. This will ...
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.Wav only sounds good with headphones not regular speakers

High end engineers do not use headphones for the final mixdown; you need decent quality speakers to do this. In addition, the speakers need to be chosen for the accuracy of the sound reproduction and ...
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Are studio monitors necessary for producing tracks?

You should definitely not rely exclusively on headphones for mixing. There are some sound aspects that headphones just can't properly convey, in particular any phase cancellation between the channels. ...
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I need a stage vocal monitor. Can I use a spare amp?

If at all possible, using in-ear monitoring has many benefits over using a speaker of any kind. (You can hear it better and you avoid feedback.) Custom in-ears can be expensive, but there are very ...
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Do People and/or Robots Speak on Pitch and in Harmony with themselves?

The tonal language into dialect of spoken Mandarin Chinese involves smooth portamentos/glissandos/bends when speaking word tones, such as rising (e.g. Mandarin for "white") or descending (e....
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Feeling that speaker's low bass getting stuck in one's ear

Sometimes a small speaker achieves the impression of extended bass response by engineering a strong resonance at just one low frequency (yes, I'm looking at you, Bose). You get bass, but it's ...
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Speaker enclosures

Open back actually sounds more open. They fill a small stage, so you and the band can hear what's going on without need for on-stage monitoring so much. Downside, front of house can have more trouble ...
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Would PA Speakers or Studio Monitors be better for practicing live vocals?

You can't ever really tell what you sound like though either a PA or studio monitors… because you're singing at the same time. If you really want to hear what it sounds like to others, you'll have to ...
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.Wav only sounds good with headphones not regular speakers

This is normal. Mastering engineers make a living every day partly by making music sound good no matter how one listens to it. Different speakers and headphones emphasize different positive and ...
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Why does some music sound different on speakers and headphones

From speakers you hear the L and R channels with directional information but in a common space. On headphones you hear them almost completely separated. With some techniques of stereo mixing, this ...
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How should I wire multiple speakers for a live performance?

Building a PA with mystery speakers is fraught with peril. The biggest question that faces you is: If you blow one or more of those speakers, who will care and how much will they care? Speakers that ...
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What technical spec should I look for in noise isolating headphones?

ATTENUATION. This is the technical term for a reduction in signal strength (i.e. a reduction in the volume). Isolation or cancellation? The other responders seem to miss that many solutions for noise ...
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Speaker impedance connected in parallel for the power mixer

Two things: 1) yes, within limits, the impedance of two identical objects wired in parallel will be half the impedance of each one. 2) As to "not powerful enough," all that means is you can't go ...
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Does a desktop speaker with subwoofer sound better on a small room?

Most of these cheapo Logitechs & the like have poor crossover characteristics & a decidedly limited bass extension with odd humps right where you don't want them - 100-200Hz. That tends to ...
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Will Playing a Guitar Through a Bass Set-Up Damage the Amplifier and/or Speaker?

Buddy Holly used a Fender Bassman Amp feed by his Stratocaster. Great sound and and that is why I also use a Fender Bassman, but also, I play bass and need only the one amp undistorded and that suits ...
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