I started off making bass music on KRK Rokit 8’s and went to Focal CMS 65’s 3 years later. As I got more into sound design I began to make experimental music and began to make sounds I truly like (https://soundcloud.com/dyian/dark3sect016/s-AesCr)
I ended up selling my Focals years ago and after 2 years of mixing on my AKG K712’s I have run into an opportunity to finance a pair of monitors.
After A/Bing with the Focals and Dynaudio’s I decided I liked the sound of Dynaudio’s BM5 MKIII.
I got home and set them up, and that’s where things went wrong. Because I’ve gotten so used to headphones, the feeling of sub and bass frequencies in places other than my head began to create a seemingly hostile environment that I don’t think I really like. I thought to myself [I]Well I did pick these over the LYD 7’s because they had better low and and high end[/I], so I tried out multiple artists and genres and discovered that some songs sounded alright and others not so much - [I]Okay this means they are revealing, this is good…[/I]
But then I came back to one of the songs I was working on and decided experiment and so I EQ’d out the frequencies that bothered me. 225Hz and below. I listened to both bands and then realized the lower frequencies were just… Scary.
I felt like I never knew this kind of sub before, my AKG’s sub frequencies were obviously something I never felt anywhere other than my head and I grew to like it. It was safe…
But this… This seemed too much. Startling. I thought to myself [I]I suppose I just have never really heard sub frequencies other than at festivals and shows, but come to think of it I felt this way about my CMS 65’s…[/I]. I turned on both bands and brought down 225Hz and below by 17dB. [I]There I thought.[/I] But then I listened to it on my AKG’s and thought this is ridiculous.
I then thought [I]Maybe I should go down to 5" monitors… I called a few people and did some research and found the KH120’s, which seem to sound the most promising, but I can’t help but feel weary about the fact that there is no sub bass… I mean, I do make bass music so maybe I should embrace my current monitors? Can I work in those frequencies on 5" monitors?[/I]
Come to think of it. I haven’t really finished anything, Im just endlessly designing sounds to build a library of sounds to use in making songs, and I thought having monitors would help me in this whole process, but now I feel I should have just stuck with my headphones… But now it’s too late.
Does anyone make bass music on smaller speakers? Do you think my solution is to get smaller monitors or just force myself to get used to it?