Yesterday, Ray (our audio engineer) and I went shopping for studio monitors. First, we went to a professional genelec studio monitorsrecording studio and listened to $5,000-per-speaker Genelec professional studio monitors. He wanted provide a level that we’re aspiring to reach. Next we went to Guitar Center in Nashville.

We took three CDs with us to help narrow the field: one balanced, one bass-heavy, and one with no compression. Going in, we were leaning toward the the well-respected Adam A7X studio audio monitors.

We ABed[1] five different sets of studio monitors using all three CDs. To our surprise, the winner in all three tests was the Genelec M030 active two-way studio monitor. It was the smallest, least impressive-looking, and least expensive of the entire group. Although appearances can be deceptive, I still did not think it had a chance — especially as it has the smallest driver. After the second test, I turned to Ray and said, “Now let’s test the bass.” My thinking was that this little speaker would be blown away like dust in the wind. To our surprise, not only did the Genelec hold its own, it was actually the best… and by no small measure. So, the Genelec turned out to be The Little Engine That Could.

That Ray preferred the Genelec was not too surprising, given his work with the big-dollar brothers in a professional recording studio; however, the fact that Genelec M30 studio monitorsI was sold on it was a surprise. Ray asked for my preference before he stated his. The quality I liked most was that these studio monitors made instruments sound like the real thing — as if the band were playing right next to you.

We are very pleased with our purchase. Should we have a strong low-bass mix, we have a quality subwoofer to augment these wonderful monitors. For readers interested in obtaining more information about these speakers, check out this video about studio monitors from Sweetwater.

Have a good day, all.


[1] ABed
Music industry lingo meaning carefully compared, as in a strict, apples-to-apples comparison, with all variables being the same except for what’s being tested

Resources: Buying studio monitors for our recording studio