Monitors, or speakers, are an important part of any studio. After all, monitors are how you evaluate and listen to a sound. You need to be familiar with both the speakers and the room in which you are working. Although some larger commercial studios still have “Big” speakers, most studios stick to midfield and nearfield monitors. In fact, most home and smaller studios have only nearfield monitors. Nearfield monitors are placed on the console bridge or on speaker stands very near the console. They typically have a woofer in the 5″–8″ range and a small tweeter. I prefer two pairs of nearfield monitors.