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Monitor speakers are used to check the quality of electronic broadcasts. Stage monitors are directed at performers to evaluate their music, while studio monitors are used in recording studios. In-ear monitors are earphones with wired or wireless transmission. Different types of monitors can be used for side fill.

Monitor speakers are speakers used to check the quality or track the content of an electronic broadcast. They are different from a loudspeaker or PA speaker, which is designed to make electrical signals audible for an audience. The same equipment can be used for both purposes: the distinction is in the function that the speaker performs. There are several types of monitor speakers, including stage monitors, studio monitors, and in-ear monitors.

Monitor speaker types called stage monitors are set up in the performance area, but are not aimed at the audience of a performance. Instead, the speakers are directed at the artists so they can listen to each other and be able to evaluate their music as they make it. There are different types of stage monitors and different configurations they can be set up in, depending on the performers preferences.

One type of stage monitor is the stage wedge, a wedge-shaped enclosure that is often placed on the floor of the stage or other performance area with the speaker angled towards the performers. The wedge stage monitors can be set up as a group to serve all artists or each artist can have a personal monitor. Side fill monitors refer to monitors placed at the side of the stage, whatever type of monitor they happen to be. Therefore, wedge stage monitors can be used for side fill, as can other types of monitors.

In-ear monitors are earphones with wired or wireless transmission. Drummers often use closed-ear headphones, which keep sound from leaking out and also help them hear other artists rather than just their own sound in the noisy environment of the performance space. Whatever the stage monitoring arrangement, in any non-shared setup, the monitors can each have a different mix to suit the needs of the performer or artists it is aimed at.

Studio monitors, also known as reference monitors, are a type of monitor speakers that form a crucial part of a recording studio setup. For many mixing engineers, this means that the speakers present the sound “as is” or “uncolored” so they can understand the raw quality of the sounds they are working with to create the mix.

A near-field monitor is a studio monitor placed close to performers to eliminate room effects. Through a near-field monitor, sound is heard almost directly and unaltered. That said, artists and producers have strong and differing opinions about the style, setup, and qualities that make up a good studio monitoring system.

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