Producing with a sub

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  1. Alexi

    Alexi Drench Audio

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    I know there's plenty of threads about which sub to get, but I am not yet decided upon whether to get one or not.

    I currently have KRK Rokit 5 GP2s, which have a frequency response down to 50hz according to the website.

    A lot of the tracks I'm working on are really focused around the sub bass, and was wondering if this is sufficient, as there are some levels on the DAW that I can't hear through my monitors.

    Also, I've got an old sub kicking round from a cheapish 5.1 surround system, do you need to reach for the £300+ ones or are non-pro audio subs ok for covering 40-80hz ranges?

    Cheers
     
  2. polymass

    polymass @humanowrkshop

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    I always ask myself: will my listeners be listening on 2.1?

    I'd say sell your KRK's and add the money you would have spent on a sub on entry level ADAMS, Focals or Dynaudio's.

    It's not that there is anything wrong with a sub, but there's really no need (it might even be wise only to use it when the format allows it) to use it if it's not gonna be played on a 2.1 system.

    Hell i'd love a 7.1 set up. But if your not a sound designer for a game or hollywood block buster, there's no need.

    And there's always your headphone.

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    Oh and it's always good to check out the sub on a consumer grade device!
     
  3. RedRavenRuler

    RedRavenRuler boom baby

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    I don't think he meant what would you recommend for surround mixing but just as a general addition for monitoring
     
  4. druu

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    Sub = hyped room modes. Stick to 2.0, much more accurate monitoring. Get full range speakers (8") if you struggle with low end or high quality referencing headphones.
     
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    yeah, dont need a sub.
     
  6. polymass

    polymass @humanowrkshop

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    My remark about surround was simply to exemplify the necessity of a sub (or rather lack of it).

    That's why i recommended getting better monitors with a good lowend (rokkits are, contrary to believe horrid in the low end, but that's to be expected for the price).
     
  7. Alexi

    Alexi Drench Audio

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    Cheers for the pointers, I was just really meaning as an addition to my krks, to extend my low end for monitoring.

    I merely mentioned 5.1 because I had a sub from one of the surround systems you always got free with computers about 6-7 years ago.

    Doubt I'll upgrade my monitors anytime soon, as I got my KRKs for about 40 quid and I'm more than happy with them for everything apart from sub bass, just checking if I was missing out on the really low stuff
     
  8. danwell

    danwell BAAAAAAAAAAAAABE WAIT

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    produce with monitors not subs, they make the low end sounds more than they need to be