Does My Band Need a Floor Monitor?
How much is it going to cost me to make sure I can hear myself at my next gig?
These are the two biggest questions we get when it comes to Floor, Stage, and Studio Monitors.
In our opinion you can never have to many floor monitors. You can
purchase the old faithful wedge style monitors or the rectangular style
monitors. Most floor monitors come in a 12" speaker cabinet or a 15"
speaker cabinet. Seismic Audio also carries a 10" version of the floor
monitors. Usually in each stage monitor you will find a high frequency
driver to go along with the speaker. Hence the name 2-way speaker.
All of the Seismic Audio monitors have a speaker and a horn.
Basically, monitors are used for hearing yourself on stage, especially
for vocals. Not only would you use monitors on stage, but you would
want them for studio use as well. Floor monitors, stage monitors,
studio monitors, it is all the same thing.
Ideally each member of the band would have his or her own monitor or
maybe even two floor monitors
. An elaborate (and expensive) pa monitor
system with its own mixing board and amplifiers can even provide each
band mate with their own customized mix. The big band names carry
their own engineers to manage their monitors, in addition to a FOH
(front of the house) engineering crew that handles the sound the
audience hears. Since Seismic Audio is all about catering to the
struggling musician on a budget, we will stick to the basics of what a
floor or stage monitor does and consists of. The everyday working band
will simply be running their floor monitors from the "Monitor Outs" of
their mixing boards, and will have a few less options than the big and
famous bands. Since having a reliable monitor mix is crucial to
hearing yourself on stage and sounding great to the audience, it is
important to buy a reliable pa monitor system. Besides you want to be
one of those big bands in the future, so you want to sound good now as
well to get your name out there. Be sure to give Seismic Audio a
"Shout Out" when you make it.
How many watts a floor monitor can handle is something to consider
The more wattage you have the easier it will be to hear yourself over
the venue sound. A typical stage monitor will handle 100-300 watts of
input power. Sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less. If
your band is loud, get yourself a high powered monitor. Softer acts
can get away with a less powerful stage monitor.
You can also pick up powered monitors. Seismic Audio only sells
passive monitors at this time. These are the un-powered stage
monitors. Power monitors are great, but if the amp goes out, the
speakers go out. And vice verse. With passive monitors, if the amp
goes you can always plug your monitor into another amplifier.
A typical big brand name "Box Company" floor monitor is going to run
you $150-$600. Most of this cost is middle man mark up and paying for
the name (that $1 logo printed on the front of the speaker monitor.)
However, Seismic Audio Speakers is different. We cater to the
struggling musician, rely on bulk sells to make our money, and we have
no middle man. You can pick up a pair of monitors, not just one, but a
pair of floor monitors for $100-$275 from us. If you don't like them,
we will buy them back from you. We have designed all of our monitors
to be effective floor monitors and studio monitors.
Checkout our 10" Stage Monitors
, 12" Stage Monitors
, and 15" Stage Monitors
Or view all our PA Floor Monitors
If you have require any technical help or advice about floor monitors, send us an email or call 901.363.6030.