Monitors (screens)

Hardware for Editors

Even if your computer comes with a screen, it’s not a bad idea to look at other options.

LED vs LCD

LED televisions are said to provide a better picture than LCD, but we are editing audio so I won’t bore you with a bunch of details.

Either way, we’ve come a long way from CRTs with the big boxes.

 

FLAT PANEL vs CURVED

I’ve seen pictures of editing bays with curved panel LEDs. They are nice and allow you to see more without having to turn your head.

I’ve also seen setups that included multiple flat panel monitors that would make a day-trader jealous.

Keep reading to help decide on your next monitor.

 

TWO MONITORS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Adding a second monitor improved my efficiency by leaps and bounds. My DAW is on the main screen and all the reference files or notes is on the other.

A second monitor is a necessity in my life. Even when I’m traveling, I hook up my travel laptop to the hotel’s television. It’ll change your life.

 

MOUNT ON A WALL OR VERTICALLY

How big is your desk? Now imagine mounting your flat panel on the wall.

Another thing to consider is turning your monitor vertically.

Check the specs of any monitor you are researching to see if it does more than just sit on your desk.

 

Summary: When it comes to editing audio, the quality of a monitor (screen) is less important. However, keep in mind that you will be staring at it for a long time. Look for models that make it easy to adjust brightness and be positioned properly.

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