How To Connect Studio Monitors To Audio Interface

By Richard Pryn •  Updated: 03/14/22 •  6 min read

Connecting studio monitors to an audio interface is very simple.

The only thing you need to do is plug the output connectors from the studio monitor into the input connectors on the audio interface.

How To Connect Studio Monitors To Audio Interface

So, how do you connect a mixer and speakers together? You can use any of the following methods to connect a mixer and speaker system together:

  1. Use a stereo cable
  2. Use a mono cable
  3. Use a balanced cable
  4. Use an unbalanced cable
  5. Use a TRS connector
  6. Use an RCA connector
  7. Use an XLR connector.

We’re going to give you a comprehensive rundown of how you can connect your studio monitors to your audio interface to give you the very best when it comes to sound output.

An audio interface will help you to control the mix and volume of your sound.

What Is An Audio Interface?

An audio interface is a piece of equipment that connects your computer to your recording devices, such as microphones or instruments.

It also allows you to send signals between different pieces of equipment. This means that you can have multiple sources connected to one device, which makes mixing much easier.

There are many types of audio interfaces available. Some are stand-alone units while others come with a microphone preamp.

If you’re looking for a basic audio interface, then we recommend the Focusrite Scarlett Solo.

Otherwise Apogee’s range of interfaces is amazing!

What Are Studio Monitors?

Studio monitors are used in studios to enhance the quality of recorded music. They are usually placed near the singer or band so they can hear their own voice clearly.

These monitors should be able to reproduce the full range of frequencies that your vocalist needs to sing at.

A good pair of studio monitors should produce clear highs and lows without distorting. They should also be able to handle high volumes without getting too loud.

A pair of studio monitors should cost around $300-$500.

How To Connect Studio Monitors To Your Mixer

How To Connect Studio Monitors To Audio Interface

The first step in connecting your studio monitors to your computer is to find out what type of connection they require.

Studio monitors usually require either a ¼ (6.35 mm), ⅛ (3.5 mm), or ¾ (19 mm) jack socket. These sockets are located at the back of the monitor.

The next step is to make sure that your audio interface has the correct inputs. Your audio interface should be able to accept all three connections simultaneously.

Make sure that there are no gaps between the jacks.

If you don’t know whether your audio interface accepts these connections, check its manual.

If you want to connect your studio monitors to a specific channel on your audio interface, simply select the appropriate input on your audio interface and press the button marked “Monitor In”.

You may also want to consider using a splitter if you plan to connect more than one set of studio monitors to your audio console.

A splitter splits the signal coming from your audio interface so that you can connect two sets of studio monitors to your interface.

You’ll need to buy a splitter that’s compatible with your audio interface. The most common ones are called “Y” connectors.

There are several different Y splitters available. We recommend the Focusrite SPLITTER X1.

Once you’ve made sure that everything is working correctly, you can start playing around with the settings.

You’ll notice that each channel has a number beside it. Each channel represents a particular frequency.

For example, Channel 1 might represent the lowest frequency, whereas Channel 6 might represent the highest frequency.

To adjust the volume level of a channel, just click on the little speaker icon next to the channel name.

This will open up an options menu where you can change the overall volume level for the entire track.

How Can You Control The Studio Monitor Power And Volume?

There are several ways to control the power and volume of your studio monitors. Most audio interfaces have built-in controls for this purpose.

However, some people prefer to use external devices such as faders, buttons, or knobs instead.

Fader Controls

Faders are very popular because they’re easy to use and they give you complete control over the volume levels of your channels.

Most audio interfaces come equipped with a single fader control. If yours doesn’t, you can purchase a separate fader controller.

Buttons

Some audio interfaces come equipped with buttons instead of faders.

When you push a button, it sends a signal to the mixer which tells it to increase or decrease the volume level of a certain channel.

Knobs

Some audio interfaces come with knobs instead of faders or buttons. By turning a knob, you can adjust the volume level of any channel.

How Long Is Your Speaker Cable?

speaker cable

The length of your speaker cable depends on how many speakers you’re connecting. Don’t scrimp on speaker cables as they can have a detrimental effect on the sound quality.

Generally speaking, you should aim to keep your speaker cables under 12 feet long. Anything longer than that will probably not improve the quality of your music.

What Are The Different Types Of Speakers?

There are several different types of speakers available. Here we list the most commonly used:

Dynamic Speakers

These are usually high-quality speakers that produce deep bass tones. They’re often found in home theater systems.

Midrange Speakers

Midrange speakers are typically smaller than dynamic speakers but larger than bookshelf speakers. They’re generally found in desktop computers.

Bookshelves Speakers

Bookshelves speakers are small speakers that are designed to sit on top of a desk. These are great for mixing vocals and drums.

Subwoofers

A subwoofer is a special type of speaker that produces low frequencies. It’s often found inside a car stereo system.

Our Final Say

We hope that our guide to connecting your audio interface with your studio monitors has helped you to better figure out how to do it.

You should always make sure that you read the manual of your studio monitors before you start using them.

If your audio interface is not working with your studio monitors, then you shouldn’t worry, as you might simply have connected a wire incorrectly.

Richard Pryn

Hey there. I am an award winning composer for movie trailers, including Bladerunner 2049, Diablo II, WandaVision, and loads more. I am the founder of The Trailer Music School where my aim is to teach everything I know about music composition, production, and generally being a functional human being. I podcast, blog, vlog and jog (sometimes). I also love coffee, nachos and self-improvement. I live with my wife, three kids and numerous pets. I am also known by my pseudonym, Richard Schrieber (it’s a long story).

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