What are Studio Monitors?
A Studio Monitor is loudspeaker designed for professional audio production. They are built to emit a very flat frequency response so you can hear every detail in a mix as they more accurately reproduce the audio from a sound source.
What are Active Studio Monitors?
Active Studio Monitors have a built-in amplifier like the ADAM Audio T7V Nearfield Monitor and are easier to use than passive speakers as they do not require external power-amps. They can have three amplifier configurations, single amp which is the most common, bi-amp like the Yamaha HS7 Active Studio Monitor Single which gives you more control over the frequencies and tri-amp which provide the most flexibility over the optimisation of the audio reproduction.
What are Passive Studio Monitors?
Passive Studio Monitors like the SN10 MkIII Passive Studio Monitors pair by Lambden Audio do not have built-in amplifiers and need an external amplifier to produce sound. They are connected to the amplifier through high quality speaker cables that are used to minimise signal loss and interference. Some of the most common uses for passive studio monitors are surround 5.1 and 7.1 film and TV mixing and immersive 5.1.4 and 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos mixing, commonly used in cinema.
What are Monitor Controllers?
A monitor controller allows you to control the listening volume of a set of usually passive speakers and can switch between different sound sources, sending that source to the loudspeakers or headphones and monitoring signals. It also allows you to test various sound sources with your computer powered down, making sure levels are set before you start recording.
What are Subwoofers?
A Subwoofer is a speaker specifically designed to produce low frequencies which is especially important when mixing as it allows you to hear more of the audio to get your mix just right. When used as part of a set-up they complement the monitors that reproduce the high and midrange frequencies, giving you a broader frequency range.