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Roland KC-350 vs. Studio Monitor


I apologize in advance if my question sounds very basic. I am in the market to buy a new pro-level keyboard and I purchased a Roland KC-350 amp. It is being used in a small room about 10 x 10...it is not a properly treated studio, but rather its an office (space is tight in my house).
1. Is the Roland KC-350 overkill for this room? I have it on the floor (not on a stand) and it sounds very boomy with my Korg M3.
2. Would I better offer with studio monitors, and if so would we recommended for around $300 - $400 a pair?
Thanks for an advice...
May 15, 2011 @08:02pm

I think you'd be better off with studio monitors, yes. However, if your room truly is 10x10 your amplification is half the problem while the room is the other half.
Even with acoustic treatment, the dimensions of the room means you'll have strong standing waves (likely what you're experiencing right now). You can load the room up with rugs, blankets, and absorptive furniture but it will take a lot of effort to overcome the basic deficiency of the room's dimensions.
That said, a room that size would be fine with studio monitors with 3-5" woofers. You can use computer speakers, in a pinch, as well as angling your current amp so it points at your head. The Roland keyboard amps don't have a particularly wide sweet-spot so you need to make sure that the tweeter "sees" your ears.
May 16, 2011 @12:58am

Thanks for your reply JP. I can try an amp stand first to get the PA off the floor, and see if that helps any. If not, which studio monitors around $400 (pair) would you consider looking at? I have seen that M-Audio and Yamaha seem to be offered quite a bit, but I have no clue which model number is suggested.
Many thanks for any insight you can provide.
May 16, 2011 @02:01am

These are five I feel comfortable recommending:
Mackie MR5: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MR5mk2
JBL LSR2325P: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/LSR2325P/
Tannoy Reveal 501a: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Reveal501a
Alesis M1 Active: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/M1ActiveMkII/
Yamaha HS50M: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/HS50M/
The Mackie, Tannoy, Yamaha, and JBL are sold individually (so double the price) while the Alesis is sold as a pair only.
Add some audio cables, thick rugs/blankets, and you'll be all set.
May 16, 2011 @01:59pm