In a domestic environment, aiming to get something like a “flat” response curve is nearly impossible. It is something that involves huge costs and has very little returns after a given point, so instead, let’s try to tame the really big problems.
So what is Monitoring? In a simple description, it’s the way we have to hear the results we are tracking, recording or mixing. It’s our way to see what is going on with the recording. I will talk a bit here about how to choose adequate headphones and speakers, also what to look for on those, along with a few personal suggestions.
This article on recording basics is relevant for anyone who is trying to record music in their homes, but may be a bit lost. A big deal of what I will write in these articles comes from a thread on the Reaper forums, by user Yep, called “Why do your recordings sound like ass?”, the other parts, from my own experiences.