Technical backstage: which audio monitor I use

It’s not a didactic section (when needed I’ll link related pages on manufacturer site) but so as to explain my approach to recording.


this is a very hard question, which monitor choose and why?

When I go tracking I try different microphones to find the best matching with audio source. This is a obvious practice because each microphone has typical electronic and acoustic features.

Good, but you can take the same approach for monitoring? No, because their arrangement is a very delicate matter, a couple of professional monitor is expensive (but if possible it’s better to have two pairs) and unlike microphone above our reference listening should not be linked with any musical instrument or musical genre.

Essentially we need a pair (and matched) of monitors with frequency and phase flat response, correctly matched with control room. Wow…

All brands claim to fulfill these features. Ouch…

Ok, I tried several brand and model and I choosed Emes, a little german company.

In particulary I bought a pair of Violet HR (nearfield) and a pair of Blue HR coupled with sub Amber HR (main).

Violet Hr is a tipical two-way loudspeaker with the same amplifier (100W RMS) on drivers with a small woofer (18 cm – 7 inch.) and a silk dome tweeter.

Blue HR is designed as a D’Appolito configuration with the same kind of drivers of Violet HR. Three amplifier (two woofer and one tweeter) handling 100W RMS.

I like them because the portability to real world is almost perfect. Low end is good balanced and correct, high end very extended and the mids are really clear with speech frequency focused. Thanks to woofer small size they had a very fast response to transient and directivity.

All loudspeakers are sold with a frequency response matched with less than ±0,5 dB difference.

Violet HR are like a magnifying lens and allow you to listen with great precision individual parts.

I arranged the Blue HR in a large box suspended like a flush mount to eliminate audio emission back, minimize frame diffraction and relating them to the control room acoustics. The stereo image is very wide, clear and deep.

I used Amber HR into main system as a third way and furthermore to extend low end, also I can bypass it and listen to the Blue HR full-range.

During main system set-up I had checked phase alignment with audio measurement software SpectraFoo.

In addition I arranged a pair of classic Yamaha NS-10 studio and a pair of Avant electronics Avantone Mixcube (they are like Auratone) to achieve a listening poor.

Here my left monitors array

monitors arrangement

I sold to my customer several Emes loudspeaker system consists of a pair of Violet HR or a big system like Blue HR coupled to two sub Amber HR as a main monitor or a Hi-End system.

Well, now I wait for you in my studio to listen them  😉



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