Mixing With My New M-Audio BX5a Monitors

M-Audio Bx5aI finally started mixing with my brand spanking new M-Audio BX5a Monitor speakers last week. ($220 on eBay, baby.) Actually, I've had them for about 3-4 months, but just hadn't gotten around to hooking them up. That, plus I was moving all my gear from one room to another, etc, etc.

Anyway, they're a huge step up from the Sennheiser HD260 Pro headphones I was using. (All you audio mastering engineers are probably shaking your heads right now. Mixing with headphones is a big "no-no", doncha know.).

Hopefully, my next mix will absolutely blow everyone out of the water. We'll see. :) Really, this time I mean it...I'm getting very close to posting some music on this site, finally.

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I'm a headphone mixer myself, though I sometimes consult the computer speakers as well. That might explain a few things about my music.

Yeah, possibly. Audio experts on various forums always say, "You CAN'T mix with headphones!!", saying only studio monitors of some kind give an accurate representation of the various frequencies that make up the music.

If headphones and/or computer speakers are all you have to work with, perhaps the best you can do is to listen to a band/song whose 'mix' is similar to what you're aiming for, and to continuously compare your recording to the CD's sound as you mix. But even that's difficult, since a CD has already been professionally mastered. Difficult to say. I'm hoping that I'll see some kind of results, anyway..! I believe I have already...or so I imagine.

I have the same M-Audio monitors and like them. My question is: When you leave them on for a prolonged period of inactivity, will they continue to heat up as they do when I use them (and is this bad for the monitors)? I use them as my computer audio outputs and would prefer to leave them on all the time, but I am afraid that will damage them. Do they go into some kind of low-power mode when they aren't receiving signal above a certain threshhold? I had Audix monitors once that did exactly this.

Thank you,


Hi! I have the same monitors and there is a high pitched sound coming out constantly, especially when the volume is high up.

Do you have the same problem with your setup?

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