In the mastering studio, the monitoring system is of the highest importance in the process of analyzing music and making judgement calls about what to reduce and what to bring forward in the customer’s music. Choosing the right monitoring system isn’t easy – when doing some research online, you’ll find just as many opinions as monitoring solutions. Who hasn’t heard about the Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 800 or Lipinski Sound L-707A speakers? At SWT Mastering we’ve chosen the Focal SM 9 active speakers as our main monitoring devices. These French made monitors work extremely well in our critical listening room and reproduce audio with great accuracy. We’ve come to love our Focal’s as they help us achieve awesome results that transfer well to other sound systems. In the end, that is what it is all about: making the client’s music sound amazing on an iPod as well as on a hi-fi sound system or the radio.
About the Focal SM9
This monitoring speaker establishes itself as a reference thanks to the precision of the stereo image, its capacity to reproduce each of the micro details of the audio signal, as well as unconditional respect of the original dynamics.
One of the major SM9 innovations lies in the fact of offering 2 monitoring speakers in only one and unique cabinet. The SM9 is thus composed of 2 monitors: a 3 way monitor and a 2 way monitor.
The SM9 monitoring loudspeaker is packed with Focal Professional technologies and innovations. The pure Beryllium inverted dome tweeter offers a perfectly linear frequency response and extremely precise and detailed treble. The 6.5-inch ‘W’ composite sandwich cone woofer offers perfect neutrality thanks to the optimised control of rigidity, lightness and damping. The 8-inch speaker driver, combined with a ‘W’-shaped passive radiator, enables the perfectly precise reproduction of the deep bass register.
Another key point: the SM9 is equipped with a class AB amplifier (100 + 100 + 400W RMS) with very low harmonic distortion, which along with the high frequency response curve, ensure great precision and faithful dynamics of low-level audio signals.