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Limiting to Prevent Monitor Blowout Studio Monitors
Old 2nd September 2011
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Limiting to Prevent Monitor Blowout

Last night I was making some tracks with very low sub bass and playing it very loud. The LEDs on Mackie HR824s were flashing red a lot signalling *DANGER*. The sound also started to degrade.

So, is the conclusion here that I am playing music too loud and my speakers can't handle it and I should therefore

a) get a sub
b) get larger speakers that can handle it (mid or far field)
c) put a limiter on my chain somewhere
d) turn it down
e) use headphones

?

Old 2nd September 2011
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Mackies go pretty low really so maybe a sub and limiter is way to go.
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I'd probably go with D but a couple things that occurred to me to check....

I'm not familiar with those speakers intimately, but they are active/powered speakers and have a volume control right?

So is the clip indicator metering the input or the output? If it's the input, it might be a simple gain-staging issue solved by turning up your speakers and turning down your monitor control (whether that be software or hardware).

Check your manual to see - a lot of powered monitors have a built-in limiter to protect them. If that's the case I'd still vote for turning them down a bit but at least you don't have to stress about blowing them. (your ears, on the other hand.... )

If it's a matter of a lot of sub-bass overwhelming them, I suppose a sub/crossover situation would help you get the volume up without straining the mackies so much.

Probably it's just too damn loud! Be careful - hearing damage can really sneak up on you in the studio environment.
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I would go with both B and D. I've never liked the 824 - far too coloured and a little brittle to my ears. Unless you've got a big room though, you're probably listening too loud to be hitting the limiter on 824s...
Old 2nd September 2011
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But the Mackies go low like down to 35Hz, this guy will need a mid field to go down to 30Hz and lower, along with loud output to really get the low end / volume he wants which will cost allot of money.

He will need one of the following monitors as an example:

PMC IB1S-A
Adam S4X (Maybe S3X)
Quested V3110
Barefoot Micromain 27

Which is why I suggested a sub and limiter.

But if you can afford the above monitors and have the room for it any would be a very nice addition and a giant step up from the Mackies.

I feel you as well, as I like pumping loud volumes, sometimes bigger is better and turning down ruins what your trying to work with.
Old 2nd September 2011
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Turn it down.

and as mentioned above if you really feel the need to get new monitors, Quested.

But, turn it down.
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